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Friday, March 02, 2007

Why it may be better to bear the Pain if You Have Diabetes


Visit any waiting room of patients anywhere in the world, and you are likely to find a majority of them with complaints related to pain. This applies to diabetes as well, and patients with this chronic condition often return to physicians with pressing requests to deal with muscular and joint pains.

Pain is also a frequent object of self-care with over-the-counter medications. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) occupy much shelf-space in self-service stores which offer health care products for people to buy without prescriptions. People with diabetes are also free to buy some NSAIDs without medical supervision.

Pain remains a subjective matter, whether or not you have diabetes. No doctor can contradict you if you complain of pain, and almost all will ignore your discomfort if you do not complain. There are no tests for independent confirmation of pain-you have it if you complain, and few will question you if you choose to just grin and bear it!

However, pain with diabetes is not the same as with a person who enjoys normal blood sugar metabolism. That is because diabetes has such a strong correlation with heart disease. There is new information that some prescription drugs may affect weak hearts. There are also possible cardiac implications for people who take over-the-counter (OTC) NSAIDs on their own.

Please discuss the information in the following link with your physician if you have diabetes, and if you also buy OTC products for pain relief, or are on prescription drugs for such a condition:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/552845?sssdmh=dm1.251476&src=nldne

I would be happy if you would resolve to use physical therapy to deal with pain, or just raise your pain threshold. I can help with ways of doing this, if you like.


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