If you have painful peripheral neuropathy (weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet), you probably have a low level of vitamin D. But a new study concluded that taking a lot of vitamin D3 for a short term can improve the symptoms of neuropathy.
A low level of vitamin D is a “Fairly new topic of interest in pain,” the Vanderbilt University Medical Center wrote in 2009. A review article in Pain on “ Vitamin D and chronic pain ” had just found that we needed better evidence to conclude that vitamin D is relevant.
Pain was significantly less in the treatment group
The new study provides some of the evidence that we needed. Published online and not yet assigned to an issue of Medical Principles and Practice , the study is “ Prospective Evaluation of the Effect of Short-Term Oral Vitamin D Supplementation on Peripheral Neuropathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus .” A research team from Kuwait s...
We have been using mirrors for at least 8,000 years to check our appearance and to admire our features. But only now can we conveniently use them to check the health of our feet. The newest development in this long history of mirrors can help those of us who have diabetes prevent the worst problems that diabetic neuropathy causes. About 60 to 70 percent of us have some form of neuropathy. The most common type is peripheral neuropathy, which causes pain or loss of feeling in the toes, feet, legs, hands, and arms. We we don't treat injuries to our feet right away, doctors may have to amputate. But if we catch little problems with our feet before they became major, people with diabetes can prevent at least half of these amputations. Until now the problem has been that checking the bottoms of our feet wasn't easy enough with any of the mirrors in our homes. Now, however, a company called Insight Healthcare Solutions has combined the simple idea of a mirror with the basic needs of our ...
Alternative Names Coxsackievirus infection Symptoms Fever Headache Loss of appetite Rash with very small blisters on hands, feet, and diaper area; may be tender or painful if pressed Sore throat Ulcers in the throat (including tonsils), mouth, and tongue Signs and tests A history of recent illness and aphysical examination, demonstrating the characteristic vesicles on the hands and feet, are usually sufficient to diagnose the disease.
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