Peripheral neuropathy symptoms must be making your daily life very painful right now.
The fact that you are reading this article shows that you are probably looking for ways of coping with diabetic nerve pain.
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other diabetic neuropathies are found mostly in persons who are obese and those that have high blood pressure.
Peripheral neuropathy affects a person's extremities. A friend of mine has had Type 2 Diabetes since 1992. Since the symptoms he felt at the time were minor, he tended to ignore them.
Meaning, he did not change his lifestyle.
He often smoked, he often consumed alcoholic drinks, and, he did not control his appetite.
By the way, cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, and meals that are loaded with carbohydrates are major contributing factors in having peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
Of course there are various others. But I emphasize these three. It's because these three factors are within your control.
Ten years later, my friend's diabetes worsened. His health condition went from "barely normal" to "it's complicated."
He often suffered from leg cramps especially at night in his sleep. He also had constant feelings of hunger and thirst.
At that time, he had already begun taking a daily dose of prescription anti-diabetic medications.
And he came into the realization that he already had several peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
Imagine, the distance from the parking area up to his work station takes only about a five-minute walk.
It took him far longer than that.
He had to walk very, very slowly. It's because each single step felt as though dozens of needles simultaneously pricked the sole of his foot. The excruciating pain traveled right up to his genitals each time he took one slow step after the other.
On top of that, he felt constantly depressed.
Maybe it's because of the sharp pain in his feet each time he walked, or maybe it's because it also dawned on him that he already suffered from erectile dysfunction.
So he went on extended sick leave until his health improved.
I'm sure that if these things happened to you, you'd be depressed, too.
My friend's oral medications had various side effects. Unfortunately, the drugs also affected the function of his liver.
His doctor reduced the number of medications and then put him on insulin.
By the way, my friend availed the services of a reflexology specialist. Apparently, foot reflexology worked for him.
He could walk normally after just one session. The pain was still there but it was bearable. His reflexology sessions went on for two months.
Today, he's back at his job. he injects insulin on his abdomen twice a day in combination with his oral medication.
I bet you wouldn't want to go through all the pain that my friend had gone through.
So, I suggest that you get a comprehensive foot exam now. Ask your doctor to assess the protective sensation in your feet.
If you still have it, that's good. But if you don't have any protective sensation in your feet, it means that you're in very big trouble already.
A slight injury to your feet could go unnoticed because you cannot feel pain anymore. You are also at a very high risk of having foot sores.
And they could get infected.
Gangrene could then set in and next thing you know, your foot has to be amputated in order to save your life.
You don't want that to happen, do you?
When combined with exercise and a carefully planned diet, this approach could help lower your blood sugar levels and lessen your peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
And there you have it. You can then go back to a more productive and improved quality of life.