Neuropathy is a serious situation, but like diabetes itself, it can be properly controlled and treated if you stay healthy, exercise, and eat right. These are the three basic home remedies for diabetic neuropathy. They also have secondary benefits in that if you eat well, you're likely to supercharge your body's own defenses and energy-building powers. The first specific thing we're going to talk about is that you should see your doctor before starting any kind of new exercise program or diet plan. You're also going to need to see your doctor because the number one situation in dealing with neuropathy is dealing with blood sugar levels.
You'll need to see a doctor to get educated on that, and if necessary, your doctors will also set you up with an injection kit that will allow for safe and healthy insulin levels in your own body.
So get checked out, learn how to self-administer insulin or have someone do it for you, and get ready to change your life for the better.
Neuropathy can be controlled and properly treated by staying healthy, exercising and eating right.
1) The first home remedy sounds extremely simple; go for a walk. You need to get moving to get any benefits for your legs, and even if it's just for a few minutes a day, the positive benefits will begin to occur. Walking and running increases blood flow to the legs, which has a positive effect on the nerves. This flow and expansion of the blood vessels in the feet is like gas and oil in a car engine! Even a short period of time can soon be extended as you become healthier.
2) The second thing you want to do is make sure you're keeping an eye on your feet. You may not have the best reflexes and sensation down there right now, so it's a really good idea to check things out down there both visually and with your hands. Rub yourself from time to time and make sure you wear soft socks and comfortable shoes. It's never a bad idea to see a podiatrist on a regular basis to make sure everything is in order. Another good idea is to take a bath. The warmer the water, the better. Heat increases blood flow (see a pattern here?), which is something you want when you're trying to regenerate and revitalize the nerves in your feet and toes. What you don't want to do is drink a lot of alcohol. Alcohol is basically poison, and in this case it does another number on your feet because it also dehydrates you. We recommend eliminating all alcohol from your diet if you want to put a stop to nerve pain. It's just the smart thing to do.
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Rub yourself from time to time and be sure to wear soft socks and comfortable shoes.
3) Another really good idea that sounds simple, but can sometimes be very difficult, is to make sure you get enough sleep! If you get eight hours a day, you are giving your body eight hours to regenerate nerve endings and rehabilitate blood vessels. Just do the smart thing and get your rest! If you don't lounge around in your bed all day (we know who you are), you'll fall asleep faster and easier if you use your bed just for sleeping. If you have pain, either before bed or during the day, you can try over-the-counter numbing creams or stronger ones from your doctor. There's also this stuff called capsaicin cream that doesn't numb your body; it actually does the opposite. Capsaicin cream burns and even kind of hurts at first, but it “wakes up” your nerves and increases blood flow (that again!), so it's a good idea to try at home.
4) Many neuropathy sufferers have reported great results with rubbing ointments and oils. Not only does the rubbing action increase blood flow and ensure that your feet don't get injured, but the oils themselves sometimes have restorative effects within their ingredients. Even things like lavender oil, which doesn't really have a specific use in the treatment of neuropathy, can help if it gets the patient to rub their feet and take their mind off the pain.
5) Finally, meditation and external factors like having someone to help you can really help the healing process. This is because mental things often go hand in hand with physical things, and if you feel good a lot, you're healthy! So don't overlook the very important parts of keeping up with friends and family if it makes you happy, and read a book you like or watch a movie you enjoy after your therapy and recovery sessions.
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