Category Archives: Nerve Care (Neuropathy)

Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes: How to Reduce Pressure on Your Feet

Good news for people with diabetes who worry about protecting themselves against the plantar pressure and risks of ulcerous foot injuries that come with diabetic neuropathy: A recent British study shows that ready-made insoles you can buy at the store perform almost as well as more expensive custom-made insoles at achieving those foot protection goals. … Continue reading Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes: How to Reduce Pressure on Your Feet

Neuropathy Be Gone! Gabapentin Provides Greater Pain Relief and Less Side Effects Than Amitriptyline

After conducting a 12-week trial, Italian researchers have concluded that gabapentin provides greater pain relief for diabetic neuropathy than amitriptyline, without causing as many adverse effects. The researcher’s observations were published in the October 2000 issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Recent research has demonstrated the effectiveness and safety of gabapentin for … Continue reading Neuropathy Be Gone! Gabapentin Provides Greater Pain Relief and Less Side Effects Than Amitriptyline

New Neuropathy Test Detects it Sooner

Millions of people with type 2 diabetes have never had their heart rate variability measured, despite the fact that heart rate variability can detect autonomic neuropathy. According to published research, loss of heart rate variability in diabetic autonomic neuropathy is associated with up to a 50 percent mortality rate within five years of the onset … Continue reading New Neuropathy Test Detects it Sooner

Compound Shows Promise for Reversing Nerve Damage

In addition to numbness and tingling in the extremities, diabetes-induced nerve damage can also lead to problems with control of high blood pressure and cause incontinence, impotence, chronic diarrhea and constipation. This kind of autonomic neuropathy occurs when the branching extensions of nerve cells swell and block normal communication between the cells. In tests that … Continue reading Compound Shows Promise for Reversing Nerve Damage

How is Frozen Shoulder Associated with Diabetes?

I have had type 1 for 22 years. I am a 41-year-old female. Is there a link between frozen shoulder and diabetes? What can be done to ease it? Annie KilsbyPenola, South Australia Yes, there is a connection between frozen shoulder and diabetes. Frozen shoulder leads to pain at the tip of the shoulder that … Continue reading How is Frozen Shoulder Associated with Diabetes?

What Should I Take for Neuropathy Pain?

Does anyone know of an over-the-counter spray that would help neuropathy in the feet? As things go, I am using gabapentin (Neurontin) and capsaicin creams or roll-ons. I also take tramadol (Ultram) and hydrocodone for arthritis pain. None of this stuff takes the pain away completely. Andy Internet Unfortunately, I know of no sprays for … Continue reading What Should I Take for Neuropathy Pain?

Pfizer Finds Neuropathy Drug Ineffective

Neuropathy pain has once again evaded conquer from a drug company. The latest in a series of failed drugs to reduce neuropathy pain is Alond, from Pfizer. The company recently announced that in clinical trials Alond did little more than a placebo for nerve pain in people with diabetes. Because of the disappointing results, Pfizer … Continue reading Pfizer Finds Neuropathy Drug Ineffective

Most People with Diabetes Not Familiar with Neuropathy

Only 7 percent of adult Americans and 22 percent of people with diabetes know what peripheral neuropathy is. Additionally, 15 million nondiabetic adult Americans may be suffering from peripheral neuropathy and not even know it. According to a Roper Starch Worldwide national survey, sponsored by Genentech Inc., few respondents were able to describe peripheral neuropathy, … Continue reading Most People with Diabetes Not Familiar with Neuropathy