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Your doctor can prescribe you a range of different options for your diabetic foot pain treatment. Diabetic neuropathic pain does not usually get better with over the counter drugs like paracetamol or ibuprofen.
For these drugs to have any pain relief on your diabetic nerve pain, they have to be given in large doses, which means you are more likely to suffer from side effects associated with these medicines, tiredness, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, blurred vision, sexual problems, dry mouth, increased sweating and weight gain. All the symptoms you just don’t need as a diabetic patient.
Tramadol can also be prescribed by a doctor if none of the above diabetic nerve pain medications work. Tramadol is an opioid which is closely linked to morphine and heroin, It should only really be taken in small doses for short periods of time as it is a very addictive drug. Research suggests that if you get addicted to Tramadol, the symptoms associated with stopping takes longer to get over than the symptoms associated with stopping heroin use. Scary!
Gabapentin only helps with diabetic foot pain in less than 3 out of 10 people (Read Here), there are many patients looking for other ways to control their nerve pain as they are just not getting much relief for Peripheral Neuropathy.
So… what other options are out there for relief of diabetic foot pain if the standard medical options are not working or you don’t want to take them because of the associated risks.
Capsaicin is what makes chili peppers hot and is thought to work in neuropathic pain by stopping the nerves sending pain messages to the brain. Rub a small amount on your foot around 3-4 times a day for diabetic pain relief. Side effects of Capsaicin include skin irritation and a burning sensation in the foot when you first start treatment, it will usually go after the first week. Don’t use capsaicin cream on cuts or inflamed skin and always wash your hands after applying it. Check Price On Amazon
A study found that people with diabetic neuropathy who took a supplement once a week had fewer symptoms after two months. It also showed that those suffering from the most pain also had the lowest amount of vitamin D. Check Price On Amazon
Those who are taking Metformin and older adults have a deficiency of vitamin B12, a lack of this vitamin can increase diabetic neuropathy. You can get your vitamin B12 levels checked by your doctor, if they are low you should take a supplement. Vitamin B12 is found naturally in poultry, fish, lean meat and eggs. Check Price On Amazon
600 to 1,200 mg per day in capsule form as shown to reduce symptoms like pain, tingling, and prickling in the feet and legs. In a 2017 study which you can read here, ALA was shown to protect against oxidative damage in people who are suffering from diabetic neuropathy. Check Prices On Amazon
Very similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. Electro-Acupuncture has shown good results regarding the treatment of neurological diseases, chronic pain, spasms, and paralysis. Also, holistic sports medicine commonly uses electro-acupuncture for injuries. You can now buy small electro acupuncture pens that are ideal for treating diabetic foot pain. Check Price On Amazon
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a method of pain relief involving the use of a mild electrical current.
The electrical impulses can reduce signals which are been sent to the brain and spinal cord which helps to relieve pain and relax muscles. Endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller is produced more in the body due to the electric stimulation. You can now target just the feet with a pair of conductive socks that are attached to the tens machine. Please note you will need to buy the tens machine and then the socks. Check Price On Amazon
Topical gels use cold therapy to give fast, topical relief from diabetic foot pain, they work by dramatically cooling the affected areas, achieving pain relief by reducing the nerve’s ability to conduct pain. Usually works within minutes and can give pain relief in your foot for up to 2-3 hours Check Amazon Price
Warning: If your diabetic neuropathy is so bad that you have very little feeling in your feet, please select a low heat setting to avoid damage to your feet, also if you have dry cracked skin using a foot spa is not recommended for you as it can make the skin too soft causing diabetic foot ulcers.
Some research carried out and published in the Diabetes Journal showed that message on our feet helps improve blood circulation by increasing the elasticity of our arteries and helping to relieve foot pain in diabetes Check Amazon Prices
If you suffer from swollen feet and legs because of diabetes (edema), this can cause foot pain by putting pressure on the nerves, to help with edema symptoms it is recommended diabetics wear appropriate footwear and socks
To keep your feet healthy, you should:
Keeping your blood sugar within your target range is the key to preventing or delaying nerve damage. Lower blood sugar levels can even help with the pain.
Take an Over-the-Counter pain reliever like paracetamol or ibuprofen. If you get no relief (which you won’t) go to see your doctor for stronger pain relief (which you already do) LOL
Stop Smoking > smoking causes circulation problems meaning your nerves will not get the nutrient-rich blood they need to stay healthy.
Exercise. While this may be the last thing you want to do when you’re in pain, studies have proven that regular exercise like a 30-minute walk can decrease pain. Physical activity boosts blood flow to nerves and helps reduce inflammation.
As a diabetic myself who suffers from diabetic foot pain, I hope you find some relief from some of the ways I mention above. I myself take vitamin B12 daily and I also use a heated foot massager for my diabetic neuropathy.
Please leave a comment in the comment box below telling our readers what works best for you, the more information we have at our disposal the better we can manage our pain together.
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