What is diabetic neuropathy, also known as diabetic nerve pain? It is pain, numbness, tingling, burning, or itching, typically affecting toes, feet or legs. According to the American Diabetes Association, it means your nerves being damaged by prolonged, excessively high blood sugar. Thus, this is often a symptom that occurs in people who have suffered from diabetes for a period of years.
Do creams, lotions, patches, icing, elevating, supplements, and pain medications help? They may help you feel better, but they are probably just masking the problem. Which is, your blood sugars have been too high, for too long, and your nerves are trying to tell you something…. GET YOUR BLOOD SUGAR UNDER CONTROL ASAP! Whether you can control your blood sugar with a healthy, low-carb diet and exercise, or you need the help of diabetes medications or insulin, do whatever it takes to stop the nerve damage. Your doctor will probably tell you, if you can control your blood sugar, the diabetic nerve pain should go away. Perhaps not immediately, but over the long term, if you stop the nerve damage, you stop the nerve pain.
If you are having any of the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy in your toes, feet, or legs, are experiencing changes with your vision or issues with your sex organs, go see your doctor immediately. Discuss what your ideal blood sugar should be, and then make diet, exercise, and medication adjustments to try to stay in that range most of the time. Try not to mask the problem, fix it! We know it’s not easy. In fact, it may be the hardest thing you ever do. But it can be done!