It’s important to develop a treatment
plan and stick to it. Taking time to do
this may help you to manage and relieve
your diabetic nerve pain.
A SUCCESSFUL PLAN
DEVELOPING A COMPLETE TREATMENT PLAN
You may have tried numerous ways to treat your diabetic nerve pain, including over-the-counter or prescription medicines. But medication is only part of a treatment plan. Studies have shown that combining a prescription medication and activity or exercise, and making healthy lifestyle choices, can help people with diabetic nerve pain feel better. See below for a checklist of things you can do and include when building your own treatment plan.
Assess and Control Your Blood Sugar
Because uncontrolled or fluctuating blood sugar levels can cause nerve damage, it’s important to control your blood sugar. Your doctor has probably tested your A1C level before. This measures your average blood sugar level over the past 3 months. The American Diabetes Association recommends a goal of 7% or lower, and that you have your A1C levels tested twice a year.
Request Specific Treatment
Controlling your blood sugar can prevent further nerve damage, but unfortunately, it can’t reverse the damage or relieve your diabetic nerve pain. When treated appropriately, some people with diabetic nerve pain can find significant relief.
Over-the-counter pain relievers are not FDA-approved for diabetic nerve pain. LYRICA (pregabalin) is specifically approved to treat this condition.
Get Your Feet and Hands Examined Yearly
The American Diabetes Association recommends that your doctor perform a comprehensive foot exam every year, assessing the skin, muscles, bones, circulation, and feeling in your feet. Not everyone with diabetic nerve damage will experience pain; instead, they may lose feeling or sensation. This numbness can result in unnoticed cuts and foot ulcers, which can lead to infections.
Choose Healthy Eating Options
You’ve probably heard this before, but your body is only as healthy as what you put into it. We know it can be challenging, but try limiting or cutting back on certain types of food to help your eating habits—like not eating carbohydrates. This is one way to achieve better control. Why? Because these types of foods can cause blood sugar to spike.
Talk with your doctor about foods that can help you better maintain your blood sugar levels, such as lean protein, fruits, and vegetables.
We understand that keeping active can be hard and time consuming. But it’s another vital way to help improve your overall health. In fact, regular exercise has been shown to help manage A1C levels over time. And getting weight to a healthier level may make it easier to also get blood sugar to a healthier level.