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Burning, Tingling & Bloating- Sugar Coated Nerves

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Even mildly elevated sugar in the bloodstream sticks to the small nerve endings in the feet first.  The sugar coated nerve endings cause the nerves to send out the wrong signals.  These signals may indicate tingling or burning rather than touch.  The sensations may be worse at night when the feet are not supporting the weight of the body.   Sometimes these sensations are the first symptoms of diabetes.  Even prediabetes or very mild diabetes can cause this problem.

High blood sugar not only affects the nerves in the feet and hands but can also affect the nerves that regulate the heart and other organs.  The nerves to the stomach may be damaged causing the stomach to empty slowly.  Bloating and nausea may occur after eating.  The bowel motility can be affected causing constipation or diarrhea. Men may have erectile dysfunction.   The bladder may be involved and may not empty properly leading to frequent bladder problems.

The best protection against neuropathy (sick nerves) is to keep your blood sugar as controlled as possible.  If you have these symptoms but have not been diagnosed with diabetes, have your doctor check you for diabetes.  Make sure you do not have a B-12, B-6 or thyroid problem.

Certain medications help the nerves not give off the wrong sensation.  Gabapentin and Lyrica are in one category.  Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and amitriptyline can help the brain interpret the abnormal signals correctly.  If the area is small, the use of capsaicin cream (red pepper) may help. Just be sure to wash your hands after using it.

Does Neuropathy have you burning, tingling & bloated? Give us a call at 252-222-5700.

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