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Learn About Diabetic Nerve Pain

Get the Facts About a Common Diabetes Complication

Managing diabetes can be tough. This is especially true when you begin to notice new symptoms. You may be wondering if these symptoms could be related to your diabetes.

The answer could be yes.

The American Diabetes Association reports that about 50% of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage known as diabetic neuropathy.

The most common type of diabetic neuropathy is diabetic peripheral neuropathy: pain in your hands or feet.

In the early stages of diabetic neuropathy, you may have no signs. You may have numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or both. Because nerve damage can occur over several years, these cases may go unnoticed. You may only become aware of neuropathy if the nerve damage gets worse and becomes painful.

Pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes is called diabetic nerve pain.

Read Dorothy's Story to hear about her real experience with diabetic nerve pain.

Diabetic Nerve Pain Is a Growing Problem

About 8% of Americans have diabetes. Unfortunately, this number is only growing. As would be expected, the number of people suffering from diabetic nerve pain has also increased.

  • It is estimated that more than 25 million Americans are affected by diabetes
  • Diabetic nerve pain is a common diabetes complication, as are kidney and eye (retinopathy) conditions
  • Approximately 21% of patients with diabetes have diabetic nerve pain
  • This adds up to 5 million Americans with diabetic nerve pain

Nerve pain is not the same as other types of pain you may experience. Common over-the-counter pain medicines are not approved by the FDA to treat nerve pain.

The health information contained herein is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace discussions with a healthcare provider. All decisions regarding patient care must be made with a healthcare provider, considering the unique characteristics of the patient.