Diabetic pain

What is diabetic nerve pain?

If you have diabetes their are certain discomforts and pains that can occur along with it. If you are experiencing pain at any level make sure to contact your doctor or a specialist immediately. You can not reverse nerve damage so it is important to get treated right away. You may be experiencing burning, pins and needles or even shooting commonly in your hands or feet. This is know as peripheral neuropathy. Although painful is it common among people with diabetes. The majority of the pain is caused by improperly controlled blood sugar levels.

Nerve pain from diabetes can take years to develop. In the beginning stages you may feel nothing at all. A slight numb or tingling feeling will normally start to develop over time. As it worsens, the pain may become focused at in your hands or at night time. What this means is that damage could have been happening for a long time before you experience any painful symptoms.

Nerve damage can’t be reversed, but controlling your blood sugar can help prevent further damage. Talk to your doctor if you experience any symptoms of diabetic nerve pain.

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 What are the symptoms of diabetic nerve pain?

The list below is not comprehensive but is the most common symptoms of diabetic nerve pain:

  • Shooting
  • Burning
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Electric shock-like
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling
  • Stinging
  • Stabbing
  • Radiating
  • Sensitivity to touch

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Percent of People with Diabetes experiencing Nerve Pain

What is diabetic nerve pain?

Nerve pain is a “non-protective” form of pain. It occurs when your nerves are damaged by an injury or disease, such as diabetes. Your nerves send extra electrical signals to the brain. This causes pain when you do something that is not normally painful, like putting on shoes. Diabetic nerve pain is a sign that the nerves in your feet or hands are damaged. It can’t be improved by changing or limiting your activities but can be managed.

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