There is no one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with peripheral neuropathy, as each person’s situation is unique. Symptoms vary from patient to patient and include tingling, numbness, hypersensitivity and intense, jarring pain in the extremities. However, there are some general hacks that can help.
About 30 million Americans suffer from a type of peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition marked by the degeneration of peripheral sensory nerves that results from a complication of a certain disease or injury. This article will discuss coping with your symptoms, finding support and managing pain.
1. Stay active
Regular exercise can not only help one stay active but also improve mood, combat pain and increase overall health. It helps increase blood flow to extremities, which reduces stress and nerve damage. Exercise also helps reduce the pressure on the peripheral blood vessels and tones muscles that helps keep symptoms in control.
2. Control blood sugar
Persons with diabetes must regularly check their blood sugar levels to ensure they are within a healthy range. It is important to manage carbohydrate intake as the body breaks down carbs into sugars before digestion.
Fiber helps slow carb digestion, slowing sugar absorption. Opting for whole grains and reducing your intake of processed foods may also help you maintain your blood sugar levels.
3. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated can help you tackle other issues, such as headaches, and improve your focus and mood. Water is also important for nerve function. Low water levels lead to a disruption of nerve function, which can cause pain.
4. Use assistive devices
Assistive devices around your living spaces can help prevent falls and avoidable accidents. Products such as foot braces, orthopedic shoes and compression socks can help prevent falls by decreasing discomfort and providing relief from neuropathic pain.
5. Improve mental health
Relaxation techniques, such as meditation and yoga, are non-invasive methods to reduce stress that can help individuals manage their pain. Deep breathing, exercising and progressive relaxation can help relax the body and mind.
6. Change your sleeping environment
The pain and numbness can keep you up at night, and even if you can sleep, you may not be getting the rest you need. Make sure that your bedroom is dark, quiet, and cool and consider using a noise machine or a fan to create white noise, which can help block out distractions, all of which can help promote better sleep.
7. Take care of your feet
Taking proper daily care of your feet and toenails will help reduce the risks of sores, ulcers and other potentially damaging symptoms. Picking the right socks and shoes is just as important as maintaining proper hygiene and care of your feet and toenails. Choose shoes and socks that are sensible and foot-friendly. Orthopedic shoes and socks can help you stay safe while walking around the house and prevent accidental falls because of loss of balance.
Symptoms vary from person to person, and we understand that everyone’s experience with neuropathy is different. Some of these tips might help you manage your pain and what works for you might not work for someone else. Consult your physician if you notice any change in your condition.
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