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Diabetic Neuropathy

Manage Diabetic Neuropathy Naturally with Drug Free Relief

Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition affecting patients’ quality of life and can lead to complications without treatment. As many as 70% of all diabetes patients are affected by neuropathy.

The causes and symptoms of neuropathy are sometimes poorly understood but with pain relief and careful management, the impact on the patient can be reduced.

While several kinds of prescription medications are indicated for the management of neuropathic pain and discomfort, the patient may be able to experience symptom relief using drug free natural treatment.

Causes of Diabetic Neuropathy

Medical researchers are actively working to understand the mechanics of the diabetic neuropathy and to improve its treatment. Some cases of neuropathy are caused by damage to the long nerve cells or axons, and some are caused by damage to the myelin sheath around the nerve. Over time, exposure to high blood glucose damages the nerves and can cause tingling, burning, prickling, numbness, inability to feel heat or cold, and muscle weakness.

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Types of Diabetic Neuropathy

Understanding the types of diabetic neuropathy is very important. Three types of the condition include peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, and focal neuropathy.

Peripheral Neuropathy affects the legs, feet, hands, and arms, and can lead to serious complications especially in the feet. This condition can even lead to amputations. Foot damage from peripheral neuropathy can include infections, ulcers, bone and joint pain.

Autonomic Neuropathy affects the autonomic nervous system which controls the heart, eyes, digestive system, urinary tract and sex organs. The patient may experience sudden blood pressure drops causing lightheadedness or weakness. Digestive problems such as diarrhea, constipation, incontinence, and difficulty swallowing can also happen.

Focal Neuropathy concentrates on individual nerves that affect specific parts of the body. Among other sites, focal neuropathy can affect nerves in the lower part of the body and can cause sharp pain and weakness in the legs, thighs, and buttocks, making it difficult to stand without assistance. Other locations that could be affected by focal neuropathy include the eyes, causing double vision and inability to focus. Chest or abdominal pain that can be mistaken for a heart attack or appendicitis can also occur.

In all forms, the pain and discomfort associated with diabetic neuropathy can be more severe at night, disrupting sleep.

Natural Treatment

Ways to manage the diabetic neuropathy and increase patient comfort include keeping the patient’s blood sugar as close to optimal levels as possible. Other natural treatments include consuming a healthy diet and incorporating more exercise in daily life. Patients are recommended to maintain a healthy body weight and to avoid tobacco use and alcohol abuse. Careful use of heat such as hot compresses or thermal baths will help minimize discomfort from neuropathy pain.

diabetic neuropathy natural treatment

Vitamin D and Vitamin B-12 supplements may also be beneficial in achieving neuropathy pain relief. Another supplement to explore is alpha-lipoic acid, which is an antioxidant produced naturally in the human body. Consult a doctor for advice before beginning any supplement regimen.

Physical therapy and occupational therapy have been shown to combat some of the side effects of neuropathy. By learning to optimize their gait and posture, patients may reduce some of the damage done to the feet and legs. Acupuncture also helps some patients with the pain, burning, and tingling sensations.

Proper care of the feet is essential in diabetic neuropathy treatment, since serious complications can occur including ulcers, sores, and bone and joint pain. Patients should check their feet daily for any injuries or skin that needs attention. Patients should be sure that their shoes fit properly and to take particular care with toenails, calluses, and corns. As always, patients should check with their doctors for more recommendations.

The ReBuilder® Line of Medical Devices

electronic pain relief device

Another method of Neuropathy pain relief is the use of the ReBuilder® 300, a Medical device class II which has been registered with the FDA. The device electrically stimulates the affected nerves by mimicking the electrical signature of a healthy nerve.

The ReBuilder® 2407 combines the features of the ReBuilder® 300 with EMS (electrical muscle stimulation) and TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).

The ReBuilder® line is used by reputable hospitals and health care providers, and the patient may now experience this neuropathic pain relief at home. These devices are easy to use and require no professional assistance at home*. Available accessories include gloves, foot pads, and joint wraps to easily direct the electrical impulses to the body parts affected by peripheral neuropathy.

The pain and discomfort associated with neuropathic pain can severely impact a diabetic patient’s quality of life. Understanding the causes and symptoms of the diabetic neuropathy can help the patient manage it. With a combination of proper diabetes management and drug free treatments such as the ReBuilder® line, pain relief is possible*.