Diabetes Peripheral Neuropathy (Continued)

Alternative oral medications
Alpha lipoic acid and evening primrose oil have shown that they can help relieve nerve pain and and may even improve nerve function.

Topical Treatments
These are treatments you apply directly to your feet. Take or use them (including the over-the-counter medications) only as prescribed by your health care provider since they can have side effects.

  • capsaicin cream
  • lidocaine patches (Lidoderm, Lidopain)
  • nitrate sprays or patches for the feet may help relieve pain

Other helps

  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback
  • Physical therapy
  • electrical nerves stimulation, laser or light therapy, magnetic therapy – all may be helpful, but further research is needed
  • bed cradles to keep your blankets and sheets off your feet while you sleep can be helpful if they bother your feet at night

Can my diabetes peripheral neuropathy improve?

Yes, in many cases it can and does.

Will my neuropathy lead to amputation?

It doesn't have to. The best way to prevent having a foot or leg amputated is to follow the preventative measures mentioned above. dLife also amputation resources to help answer more questions should you find you must enter this territory.

So continue on, take care of your diabetes and your diabetes peripheral neuropathy with some of these helpful tips and let us know what helps you.


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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.


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Last Modified Date: January 27, 2014

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