What Do If Someone You Love Has Neuropathy

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What to Do If Someone You Love Has Neuropathy
If someone you love has neuropathy and suffers from chronic, often debilitating pain, you probably know all too well how seriously it can wear a person down — physically, emotionally, spiritually — and affect their overall quality of life. Sometimes though, it’s hard to know exactly what to do for someone who is chronically ill, especially when you are also feeling the effects of your loved ones illness. While you can’t solve all of their problems, you can certainly be there to support them and help manage their discomfort.
Understand their pain
The unique and complicated factors that surround neuropathy often make it difficult for someone to communicate what they’re going through. Particularly
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On the other hand, the nerves may not send a pain signal even if something is injuring them.
Fighting pain can take everything a person has just to get through the day. Sometimes the person may struggle so hard to cope with the constant onslaught of pain that they can’t see the stress they are inflicting on others. Don’t take things personally and try to put yourself in their shoes. Questioning his or her pain is hurtful to the person experiencing it and can erode the relationship between you and your loved one.
How to help specifically with neuropathy
One of the most common complications of diabetes is diabetic neuropathy. In fact, between 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. If someone you love has neuropathic diabetes they may be experiencing pain, tingling, or numbness (loss of feeling) in the hands, arms, feet and legs. And they could even have nerve problems in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart and sex organs. The type of pain he or she feels depends on the type of neuropathy they have. There are four classifications of diabetic neuropathy — peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy, proximal neuropathy and focal neuropathy — and each affects different parts of the body in a different way.
Clearly, the pain your loved one is experiencing is real, and because of the chronic pain they may prefer to withdraw and
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