If you are suffering from nerve pain my heartfelt sympathies are with you. Nerve pain occurs when the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord are damaged and has a variety of causes including traumatic injury, infection, chemotherapy, and diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most common causes of nerve pain due to damage the nerves endure when blood glucose levels are out of the normal range for an extended period of time. If you suffer from nerve pain relief is available and I will help you find a variety of methods to reduce the discomfort you are feeling.
If your nerve pain is directly related to your diabetes the first step will be to get your blood sugar levels under control and keep them that way through a combination of a strict diet and routine exercise regime. Regardless of the cause of the pain, the following treatment suggestions will help relieve pain.
Your physician might recommend one of the following: anti-depressant or anti-seizure medication that will work with your brains receptors to mute the pain; opioids such as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone can relieve pain but the potential for addiction is high; acupuncture or TENS therapy which are designed to interfere with the pain signals that you are receiving; topical ointments such as lidocaine patches or capsaicin cream which provide anesthesia to the area of your leg that is causing the most pain.
A further source of relief can be found in Alpha Lipoic Acid, a dietary supplement that has been proven to not only help reduce pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in people who have nerve damage caused by diabetes but also helps lower blood sugar levels.
You don’t need to live with the pain. Relieving nerve pain must first begin with lowering your glucose levels so that the nerves can heal themselves. Once this has been accomplished have a variety of methods available that can help you deal with the pain of this side effect of diabetes.