How is nerve damage from diabetes treated?

To treat nerve damage related to diabetes, you will need to keep your blood glucose levels in your target range, manage your pain, and protect your feet. Many people get depressed when they have nerve damage and may need medication for depression as well as counseling.

Medications to relieve pain and reduce burning, numbness, and tingling are available. Some of these are known for their use in other conditions but they still seem to help those with nerve damage. Choices include medications also used for:

  • seizure prevention
  • depression
  • pain

There are a number of other ways to help with the pain:

  • Capsaicin cream made from hot peppers can be rubbed on the skin
  • A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit blocks pain signals
  • Relaxation training, hypnosis, or biofeedback
  • Acupuncture
  • Photo energy therapy

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