Nerve damage or diabetic neuropathy resulting from chronically high blood glucose can be one of the most frustrating and debilitating complications of diabetes because of the pain, discomfort and disability it can cause, and because available treatments are not uniformly successful.
Some patients find some relief from this nerve damage or neuropathy by keeping blood sugars as closely controlled as possible, getting regular exercise and keeping their weight under control. Using non-narcotic pain relievers consistently throughout the day—rather than waiting until nighttime when symptoms can become more severe—also seems to help if pain is the major symptom.
But what about neuropathy that doesn’t seem to lessen or go away after blood sugars are under control? Something few know about and even fewer consider is the possibility of nerve entrapment.
Symptoms of nerve entrapment include:
- Sharp-Shooting electrical-like pulses of pain.
- Constant burning or achy feelings.
- Feeling that your toe is 3 times larger than it really is, like your lip when a dentist freezes your mouth.
- Region experiencing pins and needles or total numbness.
- Temperature change, either sensations of cold or hot.
- Skin of the toe(s) hurt when anything touches it, as with sheets when sleeping.
Nerve entrapment occurs when there is “compression” (pressure) on a nerve. In the feet, this may occur for a variety of reasons- hyperpronation, partial talotarsal dislocation, or repetitive weight bearing exercises. Diabetics who have been told to get regular exercise and reduce their weight may run the risk of nerve entrapment due to rigorous exercises like jogging taking their toll on their feet. They might just chalk it up to diabetic neuropathy, when in reality, it could be nerve entrapment, which exhibits the same symptoms!
Nerve entrapment is almost always said to be permanent nerve damage and written off as such. However, new treatments exist at that help to heal the nerves that are damaged. At Dr. Weinert’s office, a series of very small injections (about 3-5) of a specially made sclerosing agent plus a regimen of vitamin supplementation from Metanx works wonders on patients with nerve entrapment and neuropathy. This holistic approach helps to heal nerves that are damaged by increasing blood flow to the nerve & nerve fiber density. The Metanx supplement is taken twice a day and is designed to nutritionally manage the metabolic processes that regulate blood and vessel health in patients with diabetic neuropathy.
“Important points to make concerning the regimen I prescribe are that patients don’t need to be diabetic to see results, and that there are no contraindications except for Parkinsons, due to the l-dopa medications they take. Even better, there are no side effects, and results are seen anywhere from 2 months to 6 months” says Weinert.
If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of neuropathy or nerve entrapment, be sure to contact the offices of Dr. Anthony Weinert. Let us know, and schedule an appointment to see Dr. Anthony Weinert at his Troy or Warren office.