Closely controlling our blood sugars can reduce the risks for complications. Among the steps we can take to minimize damage and discomfort:
GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FEELINGS…The sooner you pick up on nerve damage, the more you can do to keep it from escalating. Don't dismiss feelings that something is just not right, or that the feeling will just go away…Symptoms can come and go and swing from mild to severe. Tell your Doctor immediately if you experience:
Tingling, numbness, burning, or pain in your arms, legs, hands or feet. Stay alert. Always be aware of symptoms in the feet, which are often the first place affected, or at night, when the symptoms seem to be the worst.
Sensitivity to touch - even the light brushing of sheets against you when you are in bed.
Leg cramps that may come and go, especially at night.
Difficulty sensing the position of your feet or toes, or a sense you can not keep your balance.
Calluses or sores on your feet
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