Discover the truth about questions that pique your curiosity in our series, “The Short Answer.” Neuromuscular specialist Kerry Levin, MD, explains when pins and needles may signal a pinched nerve or other problem.
Nerve damage can dull the symptoms of heart attack in people with diabetes. Find out what to look for and how to be proactive about your heart health.
If you have diabetes, you know it well: Too much sugar isn’t good for you. People whose blood sugar is too high or difficult to control are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, eye problems and other complications, including nerve damage (diabetic neuropathy). “High blood sugar is toxic to your nerves,” says Robert Bolash, MD, … Read More
Numbness and tingling are often the result of minor nerve injuries or inflammation. But for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), these symptoms can become severe and interfere with walking or doing everyday tasks. Why does this happen? In patients with MS, we know what happens, but researchers are still puzzled about why it happens. What … Read More
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What would it be like to breathe in 100 percent oxygen? For people with chronic, non-healing wounds, this therapy is effective, painless and gentle. Patients may spend two hours a day for a given time in a large, clear, tube-like chamber. They can relax or watch TV in this specially equipped, pressurized room as they … Read More
The summer heat is rife with potential dangers that are specific to people with diabetes. If you have this condition, experts say you need to take special steps to keep your blood sugar at proper levels. “The most important thing to remember is that the stress of the heat can increase or decrease a diabetic’s … Read More
If you have diabetes, you know how easy it is to injure your feet — without even realizing it. Nerve damage from diabetes can cause numbness in your extremities, and when your blood sugar is elevated, your body’s ability to fight off infection or heal a wound is also lessened. Unnoticed and untreated, a foot … Read More
There may now be a way to ease the awful tingling nerve pain commonly caused by some forms of chemotherapy. New research shows that the antidepressant drug duloxetine (brand name Cymbalta) reduced the nerve pain that can result from neurotoxic chemotherapy. First time a reliable pain treatment found Oncologist and pain expert Harold Goforth, MD, … Read More