Denton County Living Well Magazine Spring 2015 - Page 43

Understanding neuropathy By Chantell Peterson D o you or someone you know experience pain, tingling, burning or numbness in your feet? There can be many contributing factors but one that is complicated and often seen without being diagnosed, is neuropathy. Neuropathy is nerve damage in the central nervous system that sometimes results in pain. It is not a single disease, it is a complication that is found in a number of different underlying medical conditions. that have been damaged. Some people may find relief by keeping their blood sugar levels as closely controlled as possible, getting regular exercise and keeping their weight under control. In some cases taking non-narcotic pain relievers during the day may help as symptoms typically worsen at night. But neuropathy is not always consistent and varies for each individual. So what should you do? After all, your feet should be your biggest investment and it is important that you take care of both of them. Below is a list of causes that contribute to neuropathy: • • • • • • • • • Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes and about half of them have some type of nerve damage. Physical trauma, repetitive injury, metabolic problems Exposure to toxins and some dru