Do your feet tingle, burn or itch? If so, then you might have some nerves going haywire in your feet. Millions of people are affected by neuropathy which causes the nerves in the feet and eventually the hands to start acting weird. The feet are usually affected first because those nerves are the longest and therefore the most difficult to keep healthy. Sometimes neuropathy does not hurt; it just causes a strange or numb sensation. But when neuropathy does hurt, it can feel like the limbs are being attacked by thousands of sharp needles, ice buckets or hot pokers.
You might feel like you are under attack if you have painful diabetic neuropathy. Treatment of painful diabetic neuropathy should first start with supplements and gaining control of blood sugar levels. Next, the treatment usually involves medications that are ingested by mouth. These oral medications treat nerve pain . Unfortunately, these same treatments can lead to other problems like drowsiness, dizziness and difficu...
One of my neighbors gave me an old home-health book called Know Thyself. It was published in 1911, and the introduction says, "To this book, father and mother can go as a rich treasure-house for wealth of knowledge and wisdom to guide and direct their children." The authors caution mother and father to keep the book away from "tender youth," as it mentions salacious topics such as marriage and child-bearing. But I figured that now that I'm on Medicare, I might be allowed to read it, and I went to the index to see what they said about diabetes in 1911. This was about 10 years before the discovery of insulin. The best drug treatment for diabetes, they suggest, is opium, or the opium derivative codeine, which should be given in increasing doses to 3 grains 3 times a day. I sort of thought hanging out in an opium den would be more interesting than taking pills, but I looked in the Yellow Pages and couldn't find any opium dens listed in my a...
The advice we get from our doctors usually makes medical sense. But following it is not easy.
You know: Eat less. Exercise more. Stick yourself with needles. Hey, that's no fun.
On the other hand, the advice we get from Quack Gretchen, MD (no relation, of course) usually makes no sense whatsoever. But at least it's painless. Here are some her recent responses to questions you all wanted to ask but were to shy to ask your doctor.
Q. My CDE keeps tell me to lose Wade. At least I think that's what she said. Wade is my favorite grandson, and I really don't want to lose him, but yesterday I misplaced him. Will that work just as well?
A. Diabetes can be precipitated by too much Wade. You know. You're married to Wade. Your father-in-law is named Wade. His father is named Wade. Your son and six cousins are named Wade. That's simply too much Wade, and trying to keep track of who the conversation is about is stressful, which can lead to diabetes.
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