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My feet feel like something is stuck to the bottom of them all the time. They burn sometimes and sometimes they feel like pins are sticking in them. What can I take to make them feel better? I have type 2 diabetes, and am taking Glucophage.
Sounds like you probably have diabetic nerve damage. This presents with numbness, dysesthesias (odd and somewhat painful sensations), and/or pain in the feet. This form of neuropathy is frequently called peripheral neuropathy (or more precisely, distal symmetric sensory polyneuropathy). It is common in people with diabetes, and is usually attributed to long-term lack of control of diabetes – but it may also have additional causative factors including (among others) alcohol abuse, neurotoxic medications, and vitamin B12 deficiency. These should be investigated, and if present, treated. If no other factors are found, then the standard treatments for peripheral neuropathy s...
Approximately 10% of the population has needle phobia, or an intense fear of needles and sharp objects. Fear of needles is a “specific phobia.” The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) lists a specific phobia as “marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation (e.g. flying, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood)” There are several different phobias which fear of needles can fall under: Belonephobia : fear of needles Aichmophobia : fear of pointed objects Trypanophobia : fear of injections No matter what the name, however, needle phobia can cause problems when people avoid receiving medical care because of their fear. Today, the diagnostic process as well as preventive medicine regularly includes both injections and blood testing, both that require needles. One common symptom of needle phobia is vasovagal reflex (fainting and possi...
<p><strong>What Is Restless Legs Syndrome?</strong></p>
<p>Restless legs syndrome is a neurological disorder whose primary feature is an irresistible urge to move the legs when the individual is at rest, referred to as focal akathisia. The sensation is worse at night. Relief from the sensation is almost immediate when the individual moves the legs or walks around. However, if the individual stops moving or walking, the sensation may return. The sensation will usually lead to insomnia. The bed partner may notice periodic or rhythmic movements of the legs when the individual is asleep.</p>
<p>Restless legs syndrome affects 4% to 29% of the general population. Although the syndrome can occur in all age groups, its incidence seems to increase with age. The condition, though unpleasant and annoying, is not a major health risk, nor is it an early warning sign of a more serious neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease.</p>
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