The simple answer is no. Diabetic Neuropathy, or nerve damage, cannot be reversed. But, the good news is that there are ways to manage it, Here are 5 of the best ways to help manage your symptoms:
Manage your blood glucose levels
Track and monitor your blood sugar levels daily. Your doctor will help figure out where your blood sugar levels should be. Don’t forget to talk to your care team, including your doctor, and podiatrist (more on foot care in a bit).
Stress and mental health have become big topics in the health world. Studies show that mental and physical pain can be strongly connected
In fact, a recent UK study of people living with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, 51% of those surveyed had been treated for stress or mental health issues.
People are different when it comes to managing stress. Find what works for you. Start with meditation, yoga or creative projects, and go from there. You can also ask for help from a therapist or counselor.
There are different medicines that can help with managing blood sugar levels and/or pain. Talk to your doctor and don’t be afraid to ask questions to determine the right choice for you.
More and more people are seeking out natural treatments or services to help with diabetic neuropathy symptoms. Some things you can try include:
- Essential Oils - When applied to your skin, some essential oils can relieve stress, pain or sleep issues. They can also be used as aromatherapy by being added to in-home diffusers.
- Massage - Healing touch has been found to provide a number of benefits, including easing nerve pain, stress, and mobility.
- Acupuncture - Along with traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture may help you manage your pain.
Note: Before trying natural remedies or treatment talk to your doctor. Some vitamins and herbs may react with your medications.
If you have diabetes, you are at risk for foot problems. That’s why it’s important to give your feet extra love if you have diabetic neuropathy. Here are just a few things you can do:
- Check your feet daily
- Cut and file toenails in a straight line
- Wash with warm water regularly and dry them
- Make a foot health journal
Most importantly, though living with diabetic neuropathy may mean making some changes in your life, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing the things you love with the people you care for. By taking the steps listed above, you’ll be on your way to practicing self-care and continuing to lead the life you desire.
Disclaimer: Diabetic neuropathy symptoms can be different for everyone. Be sure to talk to your doctor before doing something new.