If you suffer from stabbing pains, numbness, burning, or pins and needles sensations, you may be dealing with neuropathic pain.
Neuropathic pain isn’t like the typical pain most people are used to.
When you have neuropathy, your nerve fibers are damaged and become overactive.
These fibers will send inappropriate signals to other pain centers in the spinal cord and brain.
The pain can reach unbearable levels, despite a lack of tissue damage or injury.
It can persist for years if left untreated.
The best thing you can do for pain relief is to see a pain specialist as soon as you notice symptoms to treat and calm your neuropathy symptoms.
However, there are things you can do to calm your neuropathic pain before you get to the doctor, and we’ll discuss a few of them below.
What Is Neuropathic Pain?
Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition.
Neuropathy pain is caused by progressive nerve disease but can also occur due to injury or infection.
Chronic neuropathic pain can flare up at any time without an apparent pain-inducing event or factor.
Neuropathic pain isn’t typically triggered by an event or injury.
Instead, the body just sends pain signals to your brain unprompted.
If you have this pain condition, you may experience shooting, burning pain that may be constant or occur intermittently.
A feeling of numbness, muscle weakness, or a loss of sensation is common, too.
Neuropathic pain tends to get worse over time.
Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Calm Your Pain
There are a few simple things you can do to calm your neuropathy.
First, you need to take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetic neuropathy.
Check your feet every day for blisters, cuts, or calluses.
Tight shoes or socks can worsen pain and tingling and may lead to sores that won’t heal.
And if you have peripheral neuropathy, your body might not send out the right pain signals, so you won’t know it’s there.
You should wear soft, loose cotton socks and padded shoes and always check for sores.
Many people also use a semicircular hoop to keep bed covers off hot or sensitive feet. These can be found at a medical supply store.
The next thing you need to do, if you haven’t already, is quit smoking.
Cigarette smoke can affect circulation and increase the risk of foot problems and possible amputation.
You should also drink alcohol in moderation.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, healthy eating is essential.
Be sure to include many natural whole foods and fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.
Make it a habit to massage your hands and feet.
Gentle massages will help improve circulation, stimulate nerves, and can temporarily relieve pain.
If you do these things, you may notice a significant improvement in your quality of life.
In addition to the above, you should also implement an exercise plan to help calm your neuropathy and keep it at bay.
In addition to promoting muscle tone, exercise may reduce some symptoms of neuropathy.
Exercise also helps combat several health issues that cause neuropathy.
For example, exercise helps the body manage blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetic neuropathy and its complications.
Exercise also reduces pressure on peripheral nerves and blood vessels, which may benefit people at risk of neuropathy.
Get Your Blood Sugar Under Control
If you do have diabetic neuropathy, you need to keep your blood sugar under control.
Excess blood sugar can damage your peripheral nerves that connect your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.
This can easily set the stage for diabetic neuropathy.
Keeping your blood sugar in the healthy range (a hemoglobin A1C reading of 7% or lower) will reduce your risk of nerve damage by 60%.
Healthy blood sugar levels can slow the process and ease the pain of this type of neuropathy.
To keep your blood sugar in check, you can:
- Eat a diet high that’s in fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, and whole grains with a moderate amount of fish, poultry, nuts, and beans.
- Maintain healthy body weight.
- Manage your stress levels.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes, five days a week.
Get Your Vitamin D
Your skin should produce vitamin D when exposed to sunlight, and vitamin D may protect against nerve pain.
When people with diabetic neuropathy were studied, researchers found that those with higher levels of Vitamin D experienced less pain.
It can be hard to get the recommended 600 to 800 IU of vitamin D from food alone, and you may need to take a supplement.
You may have other vitamin deficiencies that are contributing to your neuropathic pain.
There are several vitamins and supplements that can support nerve health and ease the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Vitamins you should be sure to have enough of are:
- Complex B-vitamins: A vitamin B-12 deficiency can damage the protective coating of peripheral nerves. A B-9 deficiency can also impair nerve health. In addition, deficiencies in B-1, B-6, and B-12 can cause neuropathic pain.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Supplementation or foods rich in vitamin E can reduce the inflammation that leads to nerve damage. It may also help with some symptoms of neuropathy, including burning and tingling.
- Alpha-lipoic acid: Alpha-lipoic acid may ease burning pain in people with diabetes. But it is not yet known if it is safe or effective for people with chemotherapy-related neuropathy.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 may help reduce inflammation and support a healthy nervous system, potentially preventing neuropathy or easing symptoms.
- Magnesium and calcium: Taking magnesium and calcium together may help with muscle cramps that can increase the discomfort of neuropathy.
- Glutamine: This nonessential amino acid may help protect the nervous system. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects.
What Should You Do If Neuropathy Gets Worse?
If you can’t calm your neuropathy and it gets worse, the numbness, tingling, and pain will worsen over time.
Damaged nerves will continue to send wrong and confusing signals to the brain.
You’ll feel pain when there you shouldn’t, or you may not feel pain when you should.
You’ll be at a greater risk of developing potentially serious complications.
If you notice your neuropathic pain getting worse, you need to seek medical treatment right away.
Schedule A Visit With Ethos Health Group
If you’re in constant pain and you need help calming peripheral neuropathy, you should see a medical professional as soon as possible.
At Ethos Health Group, our effective treatment programs consist of cutting-edge, non-invasive therapies designed to stimulate new blood vessels’ growth to help reverse nerve damage.
We also utilize our NeuroRegen-CT injections, which combine platelet-rich plasma (PRP) with platelet-derived growth factors from your own blood.
These natural regenerative procedures help support blood vessel and nerve growth to reverse damage from peripheral neuropathy safely.
Contact them as soon as possible if you’re ready for the doctors at Ethos Health to design a treatment plan that will help you find relief from your neuropathy.
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