Managing your blood sugar is extremely important, but there are also some things you can try to help alleviate the burning, shooting, pins and needle pain.
- Walking: Even a short walk around the block can help prevent nerve pain or slow its progression. Walking helps improve circulation and increase blood flow.
- Warm baths: Warm water helps increase blood flow to your legs and feet, and can help improve circulation.
- Vitamins and Supplements: The B-complex vitamin has an effect on nerve health, and some research has shown that replenishing B1, B6 and B12 helped with symptoms. You should discuss the dose of any vitamins and supplements with your doctor. Higher is not necessarily better for your health. Other supplements that have some benefit for nerve health include Vitamin E, evening primrose oil, Omega 3 fatty acids, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Gamma Linolenic Acid, and Aceytl-L-Carnitine2
- Capsaicin: Chili Peppers are the source for this topical pain relief cream that has been around for centuries and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Alternative Approaches: Massage, Yoga, Tai chi, Meditation, Biofeedback, Acupressure and Acupuncture are all techniques that provide temporary pain relief and seem to work well for some people.3
Be sure to talk with your doctor about your Diabetes and nerve pain and discuss the supplements you are considering to ensure you are taking the right ones at the right amounts.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/preventing-problems/nerve-damage-diabetic-neuropathies. Accessed on February 1, 2018.
- Sarah Broek. Stop the Pain from Diabetes Nerve Damage. Diabetic Living Online. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/search/site/diabetic%20nerve%20pain, Accessed on February 1, 2018.
- The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy. https://www.foundationforpn.org/living-well/. Accessed on February 1, 2018.