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What Does Diabetic Neuropathy Feel Like
Hello, i'd like to know some healthy pain reducers for Diabetic Neuropathy that is available in Canada. This information is for my mom. Thanks! -Brae?
Neuropathic pain: responds to Gabapentin. It should be gradually titrated so as to not cause over sedation. It is relatively inexpensive and has virtually no drug drug interactions. Lyrica (pregabalin) also works but is more expensive and has a ceiling of dose in women especially if kidney function is impaired from diabetes. There is a once a day form (Gralise) that can be used if taking medication 3 times a day is a problem. ...Read more
A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more
Searched symptoms on google and before i even clicked on a page it said diabetic neuropathy and my anxiety shot up. Is anone else like this?
Neuropathy: The first question is do you have diabetes and then the next is it type 1 or 2 the 3rd question would be is treated or untreated, if untreated for how long. Diabetes can affect the eyes, kidneys, skin, prolonged unhealing infections after cuts, nerve damage. Erectile dysfunction etc. Please consult your md and get your self checked up. ...Read more
Foot ulceration: Diabetics have loss of protective sensation to their feet. This occurs because excess glucose in the blood causes pathological changes to the nerves. Poor sensation can lead to the development of sores or ulcers. Diabetic also have poor blood supply to their feet so it is difficult to heal the ulcers. The ulcers can get infected and cause gangrene of the foot. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Sensory, motor, Auto: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. Motor neuropathy causes gait instability and deformities of the feet. Lastly autonomic neuropathy effects include stomach emptying and erectile dysfunction. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Get evaluated: If the symptoms are due to neuropathy, topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medications. Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. Consult with your physician for an appropriate plan of care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question!!: You have entered into the frontiers of medicine, and briefly, we do have a prescription medical food, metanx, which has been biopsy proven to restore density of small fiber loss in diabetes. There is also some data to suggest better outcomes with very strict blood sugar control.. In europe, there are a few drugs which seem to offer further promise, but not yet on usa market. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Take this home test:: Test each foot with the Ipswich test: Compared to the standard monofilament test, it was able to detect neuropathy("positive test") in 3 out of 4 patients. If the test is normal("negative") it's unlikely you have neuropathy. Lightly touch the tips of 1st, 3rd & 5th toe for 1 second. Loss of sensation in two or more toes = neuropathy. SEE: bit.ly/1vsGZXn ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Neuropathy Relief: That's a good question. Do you mean relief from the condition, or relief from the symptoms? It is said that getting the blood sugar back to normal can eventually help the nerves heal. That is a worthy goal, and unfortunately difficult. Comments are appreciated. Symptomatic relief often occurs with medicine, either topical or oral. Gabapentin is a popular option, amitriptyline, etc. ...Read more
Nerve Biopsy: There are new test that help diagnosis the degree and severity of diabetic neuropathy. Epidermal nerve fiber testing is a new way to test for neuropathy. Also having a emg/ncv (nerve flow test) perfomred will also assist in diagnosing neuropathy. A thorough clinical exam by your docotor will also help in diagnosisng your problem with tunning forks, and monofilament testing. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sensory, motor, Auto: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). Most patient’s state the numbness starts at the tips of the toes and slowly works it way up the legs. Motor neuropathy causes gait instability and deformities of the feet. Lastly autonomic neuropathy effects include stomach emptying and erectile dysfunction. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Pain, numbness. : When diabetics have uncontrolled blood sugars their nerves pay the price over time. They can have tingling, burning, pain, a "tight" feeling, and numbness, and once it happens it's impossible to get normal sensation back. Some medications reduce the tingling, but nothing can reverse numbness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some times: If you are treating a particular nutritional deficiency, metanx may be of benefit. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Numbnessvand tinglin: Diabetic neuropathy usually affects the feet first and then the hands. It starts with sensory changes such as numbness or tingling in the toes. At first these symptoms come and go, but then they become constant. Over a long period of time, the person may experience such a loss of sensation that he might not feel how tight his shoes are, know whether the bath water is hot or cold, or whether or not. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Diabetic neuropathy: There are several treatments for diabetic neuropathy. The treatments can be myofascial release, medications, injections like lumbar sympathetic block, and advanced treatment like neuromodulation. Please see a pain management doctor for comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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