When nerve pain interferes with a diabetic’s extremities, diabetic and peripheral neuropathy is a common culprit. The pain and dysfunction tend to begin with the fingers and toes after long-time blood sugar problems. Peripheral neuropathy can cause tingling and numbness, leaving a person with diabetes more vulnerable to infection from unnoticed injury or skin tears.
Who Does it Affect?
Peripheral neuropathy can affect many people, from car accident victims to those who struggle with cancer or tumors to many other causes. For diabetics, the development of neuropathy generally signals poor blood sugar control, high blood pressure or both. Unfortunately, by the time it is noticed and brought under control, the damage is already done.
As high blood sugar runs rampant, those sharp, jagged glucose cells do damage to everything they encounter. When enough damage is accomplished, symptoms develop. While ultimately the preferred solution is continuous glucose control, many times that doesn’t happen. Treatment of the impaired nerves can help relieve the symptoms, and especially the worsening of the condition.
High blood pressure is also a significant factor in neuropathy. High blood pressure is common among people with diabetes. Between the composition of the glucose cells, the resistance or absence of insulin cells and the force of raised blood pressure, the damage is unavoidable and irreversible. Fortunately, there is treatment to help restore and maintain function with less pain.
How Can it Be Treated?
In addition to bringing your diet to a more nutritious level, Hanowell Spine Clinic can help. Medications, exercises, nerve blocks and other diabetic and peripheral neuropathy treatments are available. With the right combination of treatment and nutrition, you can accomplish more with less pain and less risk of more complications.
Contact Hanowell Spine Clinic Today
We have specialized staff who work with diabetics living with peripheral neuropathy. You don’t need to continue to suffer without hope. We can develop a regimen that will lead you back to moving freely with less pain. Call Hanowell Spine Clinic at (770) 787- 3550 and make an appointment to find treatment for the pain and numbness. You can also click here to contact us. We look forward to helping you feel and move better.