Department: the Waiting Room: Quick Tips
With summer fast approaching there's no better time to get out and get moving. Exercise—even a little daily walk—can reduce neuropathic pain, according to Laurence Kinsella, M.D., professor of neurology, on behalf of the Neuropathy Association. For a pain-free summer also try the following:
✓ Stop smoking. Nicotine has been found to increase pain perception.
✓ Limit alcohol consumption. Limit yourself to four drinks a week. While alcohol may temporarily relieve pain, abuse can worsen pain symptoms.
✓ Get your feet examined. Have your doctor check your feet at every visit, especially if you have breaks in the skin or an ingrown nail.
✓ control blood sugar. Prolonged exposure to high glucose can cause neuropathy.
✓ Avoid excess B6. This vitamin is known to cause neuropathy when used in excess of 100 mg daily.
✓ For more information, visit the Neuropathy Association's Web site at www.neuropathy.org.