Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 9:21 am
Approximately 70% of those suffering from diabetes will experience some form of nerve pain due to high glucose levels effect on your nervous system.
Neuralgia treatment is varied and highly dependent on the type and location of the neuralgia that is being experienced yet once numbness or tingling in your feet or hands is experienced you should make an appointment with your physician immediately.
Symptoms of neuralgia include pain, weakness and impaired function of the affected part of the body; sensitivity or numbness in the skin; pain the follows the path of a nerve; movement, touch or pressure causes pain.
Neuralgia is commonly found among the elderly but in reality can occur in anyone at any age.
If you are diabetic and experience any of these symptoms your physician’s first test will be to determine if your glucose levels are elevated. If the test comes back positive the primary goal will be to get your levels back under control.
Normally the symptoms will go away after the cause has been identified and reversed however it may take a few weeks depending on how long you experienced the symptoms prior to diagnosis.
To deal with the associated pain your physician will also probably prescribe pain medications which may include anti-depressant, anti-seizure, and even narcotic medication. Please be aware that these may be addictive, especially the narcotic medications, and will require frequent monitoring by your physician.
Monday, February 21st, 2011 at 9:00 am
Neuritis refers to the inflammation of a nerve, which can become serious if not treated in time. Some of the common symptoms of neuritis include:
• Repeated “pins and needles” sensations
• Decreased movement
• Poor, or slow, reflexes
• Paralysis or deadening sensation of the affected area
• Weakening of the muscles in the affected area
What many people are unaware of is that neuritis is not a disease rather it is a symptom of a more serious problem – just like a cough is simply one symptom of a cold. As with most things, there are a variety of known causes of neuritis including:
• Infection, specifically of herpes and shingles. Less commonly, leprosy may be to blame, although this disease is incredibly uncommon in the United States.
• Injury, either chemical-related or physical-related
• Radiation poisoning
• Deficiency of Vitamin B12
Once the cause of the neuritis is determined your physician will work to fix the cause and typically the symptom of neuritis will disappear. For example, if your neuritis is caused by diabetes it will typically be due to elevated blood glucose levels. If this is determined to be the cause your physician will work with you to lower your glucose levels at which time the neuritis will go away.
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011 at 8:09 am
Diabetic neuropathy is a painful condition often affecting 70% of all diabetics. With diabetic neuropathy the nerves become damaged due to prolonged exposure to high blood glucose levels. Symptoms often include tingling, numbness and shooting pains along the nerves and very often affect the extremities such as the hands or feet.
The important fact about neuropathy is that it can only be cured, if its prime cause is cured. For example, if your neuropathy is caused by high blood glucose levels once you lower the glucose levels the symptoms will typically go away. Nerve damage treatment therefore will include recognizing the cause of the neuropathy and eliminating it.
Once the cause of the neuropathy has been identified and properly dealt with your physician may want to talk with you about pain management. Options may include anti-seizure medications, anti-depressant medications, over the counter pain relievers, narcotic pain relievers, and topical ointments such as Capsaicin.
If narcotic prescription medications are recommended your physician will want to monitor you closely as these types of medications can be highly addictive. A further option may include monthly injections of vitamin B12 since neuropathy has been found to become worse in people who are deficient in the vitamin B12 which supports the sheathing that protects our nerves. Studies have also found that B12 promotes the regeneration and growth of new nerve cells.
Nerve damage associated with diabetes can become very painful. Talk with your physician and determine if you are at risk and what your options are.