Q&A on Diabetic Nerve Pain: What you can do about
the acute pain
Q: What is diabetic nerve pain?
Diabetic nerve pain is a type of nerve damage that happens in people who have diabetes. This damage makes it hard for their nerves to carry messages to the brain and other parts of the body. One might suffer sensations similar to decreased circulation in the extremities, such as numbness, ranging from mild to severe, and pins and needles. Limbs feel alternately burning hot and icy cold, accompanied by sharp or dull pain and muscle fatigue. These feelings are associated with reduced fine motor coordination, possibly leading to paralysis at the worst extreme.
An estimated 40 to 50 percent of those with diabetes have some form of neuropathy, but not all with neuropathy have symptoms. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had the disease for at least 25 years.
Q: What causes
Nerve damage occurs in people who have had diabetes because their blood sugar level is higher than normal. Over time, high blood sugar levels damage the blood vessels and nerves. That's why people who don't or can't control their blood sugar very well seem more likely to get diabetic neuropathy. Men have diabetic nerve pain more often than women.
Q: How do you treat diabetic
The goal of treating diabetic nerve pain is to relieve discomfort and prevent further tissue damage. The first step is to bring blood sugar levels under control by diet, medication and exercise. However, diabetic nerve pain is difficult to diagnose and responds poorly to standard pain therapies.
A new pain reliever called Neuragen is a topical preparation scientifically studied since the early 1990s. Recent clinical studies at Louisiana State University have confirmed the efficacy of Neuragen in the treatment of post-shingles neuralgia and other types of nerve pain. It was found to provide substantial relief in 85 per cent of patients.
It has been found to effectively provide relief for sufferers of nerve pain. In a recent clinical trial for diabetic peripheral nerve pain
70 per cent of patients noted improvement in pain within minutes of applying Neuragen.
Developed by Origin BioMed Inc., a Halifax-based manufacturer of over-the-counter topical drug products, Neuragen consists of a proprietary topical preparation used primarily for diabetic pain, post-shingles pain, fibromyalgia and other chronic nerve pain.
It is now available nationally through CVS/pharmacy stores and leading pharmacies across the country. More information on Neuragen is available at www.originbiomed.com.
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