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Pain from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

An estimated 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy, making it one of the most common complications of diabetes. The symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)—nerve damage in the extremities—are most often felt in the toes, feet, and hands.

Common descriptions of the feelings or sensations for DPN are:

• Burning

• Numbness

• Tingling

• Stinging

• Electrical vibrations

• Shooting pain

• Searing pain

People experience the nerve damage from DPN in different ways. For example, a person can lose feeling without pain or have pain without numbness or have no pain at all. The most common symptoms are burning and numbness, which can be key for diagnosis.

"It's usually a loss of feeling, and then a burning sensation where that feeling's been lost," says Robert Gerwin, M.D., pain management specialist and associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. "It's not the dull, sore muscle and joint aches and pains that you may feel from aging," he says. And when these symptoms aren't given the attention they deserve, they're likely to progress.

Read on to learn why pain occurs, along with descriptions of commonly prescribed medications; topical analgesics, such as capsaicin and lidocaine; and treatments for pain that complement other therapies, such as acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS).

Talk with your doctor about the following options, and decide together what methods of pain relief will help you live more comfortably.

Source: http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/complications/feet/stop-pain-diabetes-nerve-damage?page=0

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