Getting To Smile About Diabetic Neuropathy Pain

Diabetic neuropathy is a complication of diabetes that affects the peripheral nerves by damaging them and losing their communication with the central nervous system, rendering the areas it effects void of any sensation. Just imagine if you had diabetes for a long time: with this kind of complication, the best job for you might be to box. You would probably win all your fights because all the punches that your opponent hit you with on your arms would not hurt. On the other hand, you wouldn’t be able to throw any hits on your opponent either, because your arms and legs will be weak from lack of stimulation caused by the damage your nerves have sustained. Also, since you cannot move your arms and legs as the motor control from the nerves has also been severed, you cannot exercise nor practice for the fight. On second thought, maybe you shouldn’t take up boxing after all! Another occupation that comes to mind for neuropathic patients due to diabetes is a dummy for phlebotomy class. Since neuropathic patients have no sensation of pain in their extremities, getting practiced on for phlebotomy will not be very painful. Most diabetics know the feeling of getting pricked several times a week to test their blood glucose levels. Having a job as a phlebotomy dummy is not hard work, you just have to lie down… you’ll exert no effort. You are rested, receive wages, and even get your daily blood glucose reading. The only setback is that you lose a dangerous amount of blood, and you need to have your prick wounds cleaned and sterilized because you are prone to infection and gangrene. So maybe being a dummy for phlebotomy is just a ‘dumb’ idea too. Diabetic neuropathy pain is quite different from the pain a cancer patient experiences. With cancer, it is usually a constant bombardment of pain on the affected part or organ of your body, which cannot be relieved even by the strongest narcotics and pain killers. With diabetic neuropathy, pain is somewhat relative since there are numerous peripheral nerves and injury to each evokes a different response from the patient. It is mainly characterized as either a tingling, burning, prickling sensation or sharp pains or cramps that occur intermittently aside from the loss sensation altogether. The only time the pain becomes unbearable is when any external injury on the arms or legs becomes infected and gangrenous. That is when you will also need the aid of acetaminophen to relieve the painful symptoms. Kidding aside, pain is still painful, regardless of its cause. What’s more important though, is how you are able to handle it, divert your attention from it and eventually, smile a bit about it.