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Diabetes Pain Management

Posted on July 19, 2014 | No Comments on Diabetes Pain Management

The pain related to diabetes can sometimes take a toll with age. Older or elderly patients with diabetes can feel discomfort and weakness that can affect their quality of life. The pain related to diabetes is primarily caused by nerve damage called neuropathy, which can cause chronic pain in three ways. Pains or numbness in the toes, feet, legs, hands and arms is called Peripheral neuropathy. Pains in the thighs, hips and buttocks and legs are called proximal neuropathy. Sudden discomfort, weakness, pain or numbness in a single nerve that affects other nerve branches is called Focal neuropathy which can usually be experienced behind one eye, in the lower back, in the chest, or abdomen.

To alleviate the pain, the first step is to evaluate the cause or origin of pain. For diabetic neuropathy, doctors normally recommend aspirin, acetaminophen, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or a topical cream such as capsaicin to relieve pain, burning, tingling and numbness. Other effective medicines include duloxetine and pregabalin, gabapentin and venlafaxine.

Aside from medication, diabetes pain can be managed through alternative ways such as hypnosis, relaxation training, meditation, acupuncture and transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (electricity shock).While these ‘alternative’ treatments including herbal medicines’ may not be scientifically proven, some patients get positive results in undergoing these treatments. It is important to seek doctor’s advice before taking any of these treatment procedures.

Another natural way to manage pain is by having a nice warm bath, which help stress away muscles. Have somebody check the water however if it’s too hot because it can damage your skin. Medication is another powerful way to pain management which involves concentrating, breathing and controlling one’s consciousness and body to relax. Pain is only in the mind and by controlling the mind; one can relieve oneself from pain.

Finally, the best way to manage pain related to diabetes is to monitor and control one’s blood sugar levels in order to prevent damaging the nerves on the first place.

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