Neuropathy; Is it good to be walking when you have been diagnosed with neuropathy and how much, my pain seems to be getting worse, I take Gabapentin TID now with little relief. Shade45
It is difficult to exercise with painful neuropathy and yet it’s very important to stay active, particularly when you have diabetes. With neuropathy, it’s best to do exercises that are non-weight bearing, such as swimming, water aerobics, rowing and chair exercises. If walking is the exercise you prefer, and easiest for you, then it is important to make sure your shoes fit correctly, and that you have comfortable, well-padded socks that wick away moisture. A podiatrist or a pedorthist (a professional trained in creating customized footwear), can help you determine whether your shoes are fitting correctly, as correctly fitted shoes are an easy and important way to prevent foot ulcers. Neuropathy can also affect balance and shift the way you bear weight on your feet. Alterations in weight bearing can put you at greater risk for falls and foot ulcers. If you are having problems with balance, ask for a referral for physical therapy. With regard to your nerve pain, when blood glucose control improves, nerve pain can actually worsen for several months. It is as if the nerves are “waking up.” Though this can be frustrating, increased pain can be a sign that the neuropathy is improving and will get better over time. Make sure to let your doctor know that the medication you are taking for pain is not currently working.