dds-diabetic-nerve-pain-imageWhen you have diabetes, there are a lot of changes or complications that can occur. Some of these are voluntary lifestyle changes—eating healthier, being more active—and some are a natural result of the development of the disease. Diabetic peripheral neuropath, or diabetic nerve pain, is a common development in diabetic patients that can often take years to develop.

What is diabetic nerve pain?

The most common cause of diabetic nerve pain is poorly controlled blood sugar. This specific form of pain occurs when nerves are damaged (by an injury or disease, like diabetes). The nerves start sending extra electrical signals to the brain, which causes pain with activities that aren’t normally painful—like getting dressed or putting on shoes.

In its early stages, you may not feel any symptoms or see any signs. As it progresses, though, you may start to feel a tingling sensation or numbness in your feet. As it continues to advance, you may start feeling the sensations in your hands, and then, a shooting, burning, pins-and-needles pain that’s more intense at night.

Because most people don’t feel the symptoms immediately, the nerves may be damaged long before the pain starts.

How do you manage diabetic nerve pain?

Nerve damage can’t be improved or reversed by changing or limiting your activities, but it can be managed, and controlling your blood sugar can help prevent further damage. You should always talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms of diabetic nerve pain and are looking into treatment options.

Monitoring your blood sugar and keeping it stable can keep the nerve damage from progressing. Dieting, exercise, and diabetic medications can help keep your blood sugar at healthy levels.

When it comes to managing pain, there are several natural ways to do so. Low impact exercise (like swimming) or physical therapies can help soothe the pain. It’s important to choose a physical therapist who understands neuropathy, so they can work with you to prevent further nerve damage.

Beyond that, it’s also important to take care of your hands and your feet. Check them for cuts, sores, and swelling. Cuts can get infected and cause serious complications, the most extreme cases requiring amputation.

How do I get immediate relief from diabetic pain?

When you’re feeling pain, long-term management methods may not be the help you’re looking for. If you need immediate relief, reach for Weh Weh® Natural Pain Relief Oil from Doctor D. Schwab Clinical®. Diabetic pain needs a warming sensation to relieve it, and the oil’s active ingredient, capsaicin, can help. The other essential oils—geranium, chamomile, bergamot, eucalyptus, tea tree, and sage—work alongside the capsaicin with their soothing properties, and the oil’s aromatherapy benefits help reduce the emotional stress associated with the pain. The warming effect combined with the soothing, natural scent helps relax your body and ease any pain. The oil is also highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way.

More than likely, you’ve already taken several medications to manage your blood sugar levels, so using a natural product like the Weh Weh Oil for topical pain relief is easier on your body. Synthetic ingredients can build up in the body, since the lymphatic system does not eliminate those toxins as easily or effectively as natural ingredients. By using products with natural ingredients, you can help reduce long-term side effects.

Place just a few drops onto your hands or feet, and then massage the oil into your skin. The capsaicin, which is derived from chili peppers, warms the skin to relieve any pain or pressure. Once applied, it’s important to immediately wash your hands, since the active ingredient can irritate more sensitive areas (like your face or eyes) and any excess can stain clothing.

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