Nerve damage, or neuropathy, can be caused by trauma such as a car accident or fall, or by disease such as diabetes. It leads to many problems that can severely lower a person’s quality of life.
Nerve damage often manifests itself in loss of tactile sensation in the affected area. In diabetic peripheral neuropathy, it manifests itself as burning and numbness in the feet and hands.
When a person first experiences these symptoms he wants to know if the nerve damage can be reversed or if it is permanent, and will it get worse than it is now?
The answer is that nerve damage can be reversed in certain circumstances. I can personally testify to that because I suffered from severe burning pain in my hands caused by diabetes mellitus, but thankfully I no longer have any of the symptoms.
Our nerves have a limited capacity to regenerate themselves as long as they have not completely died. Therefore, it is imperative that you find the specific cause of your nerve damage and do what you can to eliminate it. This gives your nerves a chance to heal themselves and reverse the damage.
In my case, I didn’t even know I had type II diabetes until I experienced the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. I was only about 10 pounds overweight and did not consider myself a strong candidate for diabetes.
But blood tests confirmed that I indeed did have high blood sugar that was borderline type 2 diabetic, and although I was distressed to learn about this, I was very thankful to at least have a definitive cause to my symptoms.
About a third of people who suffer from nerve damage cannot get a definitive diagnosis as to why they are suffering. Another third of people with neuropathy acquire the disease from diabetes, so that is the most likely cause if you are experiencing symptoms.
I worried that the tingling and numbness in my hands would never go away. But I changed my diet and exercise plan and got my diabetes under control without the help of drugs. I am lucky today because my nerve damage was completely reversed and healed and I no longer suffer from those dreaded symptoms.
If you have neuropathy, you must see a doctor right away to diagnose and treat the underlying cause. Time is of the essence because your nerves will continue to be damaged until this is done, and the more they are damaged the less likely there is a chance that they can regenerate and heal.
If the damage is caught early enough, it is likely that they can be reversed with proper care. You must take the symptoms seriously and take immediate action to promote nerve regeneration before it is too late.