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Now let us talk treatment. What does treatment involve? It involves slowing down the advancement and atherosclerosis. It will try to improve the flow of blood to the extremities and other affected areas. The hope here is that the pain will subside.
What are these treatments then? Hurry up! We like to know. Well, some common recommendations consist of medications to control high blood pressure and cholesterol. Then there is surgery. What will surgery do? It will bypass the obstructed blood vessels to get the blood flowing again.
For relief of pain, the doctor may prescribe aspirin but the first step of course is to bring down the blood sugar level by diet, drugs or insulin. As the blood glucose is brought down the pain may get worse for a while until the blood sugar is maintained. This will help reverse the ache as well as the loss of sensation.
The special care of feet is a crucial part of the treatment. The loss of sensation will not alert the diabetics that something is wrong so examine the feet every day. About 15% of diabetics get foot ulcer and six of every 1000 may have an amputation. The doctors think that 75% of the amputations could be prevented with good foot care.
There are other treatments like hypnosis, biofeedback and acupuncture. Then there is the relaxation training. Walking regularly too can help. So do massages, analgesic ointment, and warm baths. Some people use elastic stockings which can help ease the diabetes leg pain.
Diabetes Leg Pain, Get Some Relief
Diabetes Leg Pain is relieved by doctors with oral medication but there are other treatments. Those whose pain is severe may be helped by a combination of treatment. Talk to the health care team about the options.
Some medications include tricyclic antidepressants like duloxetine, anticonvulsants like pregabalin, and opoids and opoid-like drugs like oxycodone. Pregabalin and duloxetine are FDA approved for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
All medications have side effects so some are not recommended for those with heart problems. Some do not recommend over the counter drugs like ibuprofen and acetaminophen as they do not work well and have serious side effects.
Treatments can be applied to the skin like capsaicin cream and lidocaine patches. Researches have shown that nitrate patches for the feet and nitrate sprays may ease the pain. Also alpha-lipoic acid and evening primrose oil have relieved the symptoms.
A bed cradle can also keep the blankets and sheets from touching the feet and legs that are sensitive. Then there is biofeedback, acupuncture and physical therapy may ease the pain in some. Some forms of treatment involving laser or light therapy, magnetic therapy and electrical stimulation may help. Researchers are also working on this so please sign up first for free at the top of the page to get tips and alert delivered right to your email inbox.
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