The treatment of a disease usually starts with the acceptance of the presence of the illness. Diabetic neuropathy does not have a specific cure or medication that can just be administered for several days and it goes away. Since its prognosis is dependent on how the diabetes is treated, recovery will be slow and stressful.
In fact, the severity of the pain caused by diabetic neuropathy may lead to depression of the patient. Fortunately, medical research is playing a key role in discovering new ways of treating it. All that the patient has to do is to identify it and decide to do something about, it instead of ignoring the signs.
Before treatment is given, patients are assessed as to what degree of damage the nerves have experienced as well as which nerves are affected. Blood pressure, heart rate, muscle strength, reflexes and sensitivity to external factors are checked. The feet may be examined to evaluate their sensation levels, circulation and skin condition. A positive result from the loss of sensation in a foot is that it signifies that the extent of the damage has reached the feet, and might have lead to injury and amputation of the foot, if left unfound and untreated. The transmission of electrical current through nerves is also studied to test for possible damage. An electromyography is used to check the response of the muscles to electrical signals sent by nearby nerves. An abnormal response suggests damage to the nerve or muscle. Other tests used to check for abnormalities in the nerves are the quantitative sensory testings, heart rate variability, ultrasound, and a nerve or skin biopsy.
In the treatment of diabetes, it is important to be able to maintain blood glucose within normal levels through proper diet, exercise, monitoring blood glucose and medications like insulin injections. To be able to maintain a low blood sugar level greatly helps lessen the symptoms caused by the neuropathy and prevents other complications from occurring. Avoiding alcoholic beverage consumption and smoking also reduces the effects of the neuropathy.
Several medications are available on the market to help alleviate the pain and weakness felt in the limbs. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are often the drug of choice. Some may use antidepressants like amitriptyline, carbamazepine, imipramine, or gabapentin for pain relief. However, natural treatments such as acetyl-L-carnitine, lipoic acid, evening primrose oil, fish oil, magnet therapy, selenium and vitamin E have been shown to alleviate the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy altogether. Even though there is no ‘official’ cure, using the right natural supplement regimen and proper diet has been very effective in the treatment of diabetics with neuropathy. Physical therapy and other orthopedic procedures are also recommended, such as exercise and walking.
And another important procedure to make sure that the neuropathy is being treated includes the proper care of the feet. When walking regularly, using support stockings may help relieve the pain. Clean the feet daily with warm water and soap. Always check for any injury to the feet and make sure that any injury is always well treated. And since smoking significantly increases the risk of foot problems, it is suggested that for effective treatment, you’ll have to quit smoking.