Nerve Pain

Why are feet more sensitive to diabetic nerve pain?

No matter how hard you try, every stand, walk, skip or jump seems more painful than the next. So, what is it about the feet that causes so much pain?

If you are living with diabetes, you may have experienced nerve damage or neuropathy. Neuropathy is a common side effect of diabetes and can lead to chronic, widespread nerve pain. However, it’s the feet that suffer the most from a tingling or burning sensation and even numbness. The reason for this is due to peripheral neuropathy.

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy or neuropathic pain is a result of damaged nerves. It can be a single nerve or group of nerves within the body that causes a tingling, burning or shooting pain. It can cause a great deal of discomfort and prevent many from doing everyday tasks like getting out of bed.

Nerve damage affects your nervous system. The nervous system comprises two primary systems, known as the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system. Your central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system is the rest of your body.

5 Ways to Survive the Holidays with Neuropathy

The holiday season is upon us and you know what that means — family dinners, office parties and outings with friends. All great opportunities to catch up, share a few laughs and indulge in a few temptations. Seems harmless, right?

The truth is there’s nothing wrong with having some fun and treating yourself to a few holiday delights. However, for those of you living with nerve pain, the challenge to avoid any discomfort is still a reality.

Young woman having difficulty sleeping due to nerve pain.

Why is nerve pain worse at night?

Stop for a minute and think about the last time you had a good night’s rest. Has it been a day? Maybe two or three? Has it been a week since you had a restful night sleep without any burning or stabbing pain keeping you up?

It can seem like living with chronic nerve pain is a never-ending merry-go-round of discomfort. With a constant struggle during the day, why does it seem to flare up at night?

Let’s take a closer look at why pain comes in droves when the sun comes down.

Elderly woman suffering with diabetic nerve pain

7 Warning Signs of Diabetic Nerve Pain

If you’re living with diabetes and have experienced a tingling, burning sensation in your hands or feet, you may be suffering from diabetic nerve pain.

Diabetic nerve pain or “damaged nerves” are a result of an injury or disease. The restriction of blood flow to the damaged nerves leads to the chronic, debilitating pain. Nerve pain can make doing the simplest things very painful. 

Genasis Crafton coaching her cheerleading squad.

Genasis Crafton, cheerleading coach for the Apple Valley Rattlers

Cheering to My New-Found Confidence

Of all the things in this world, there is nothing I enjoy more than cheering! It gives me a sense of purpose to motivate and inspire others as they achieve success on and off the field.

The truth is we could all use a cheerleader in our lives at one point or another. Someone to lift us up when we’re down, to help us stay on track when we’ve lost our way and a compassionate friend who never loses hope — even if we have.

I found my friend and cheerleader in Dr. Mark Bussell. He has been on my team since day one.

Woman describing where the pain is to her doctor

How to Describe Your Pain to the Doctor

It’s been said that communication is the foundation to every successful relationship. If we are honest and open, it makes it easier for our loved ones and friends to better understand how we are feeling.

The same can be said about a relationship between a doctor and a patient. Patients are encouraged to express concerns, questions or inquiries toward how they are feeling. How else will we know what is wrong?

There’s no need to be afraid of talking to your doctor when it comes to any level of discomfort or pain. We are here to help!

Tripping over toys on the floor at home

5 Ways to Nerve Pain Proof Your Home

Home is one of the safest places to be, right? It is our homes that provide us with the luxuries of warmth, comfort and security.

The truth is, it can’t always be said for those of us living with chronic nerve pain. Our homes may present more obstacles than solutions to reducing nerve pain.

Doctor discussing medical history with patient

How is Nerve Pain Diagnosed?

Nerve pain affects a growing number of individuals undergoing chemotherapy treatment, living with diabetes or having suffered an injury. An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from peripheral nerve damage, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Nerve damage can cause a tingling, burning sensation in the arms, hands, legs and feet, making it impossible to function on a daily basis.

Walking off the pain

Walk Off the Pain

If you’re suffering chronic nerve pain in your hands, arms, legs or feet you know all too well the challenges to living a pain-free life. It seems that with each passing day the escalated pain can make the simple activities of cooking a meal for your family absolutely daunting.

So, what can you do to make the tingling, burning or numbness simply go away? Even if just for an hour?