Importance of Taking Action
Don’t ignore your diabetic nerve pain
Diabetes has many complications. You may think that the pain you’re feeling is your fault and that there’s nothing you can do about it. This is not true. If you have diabetic nerve pain, you can’t undo the nerve damage that has already been done, but you can work with your doctor to learn how to control your blood sugar levels better, which may stop the nerve damage from progressing.
For this reason, don’t ignore your symptoms or hope that they’ll go away over time. If you do nothing, your pain may only get worse. It’s very important that you talk to your doctor about your symptoms and how he or she can help manage your pain.
*A Pfizer-sponsored survey polled 1,004 people living with diabetes experiencing DPN symptoms and 500 healthcare providers. Healthcare providers surveyed were not necessarily providing care to people who participated in this survey.
85% of people with diabetic nerve pain say that it affects them daily, according to an online survey.*
Diabetic nerve pain isn’t something you just have to live with. Talk to your doctor.
How diabetic nerve pain can impact you
Many people live with diabetic nerve pain for a long time without noticing how much it affects their day-to-day-life. Don’t let this happen to you. Diabetic nerve pain may be one of the most intense pains that you can feel. Over time it can cause difficulties with walking, working, or taking part in social activities.
If diabetic nerve pain is stopping you from doing what you want to do, see your doctor and discuss how to manage this pain. By managing your diabetic nerve pain, you may be able to get back to some of the activities you’ve been missing and focus on your overall diabetes care.
†Community Health Perspectives was developed and sponsored by Pfizer Inc in collaboration with the American Diabetes Association. The main sample surveyed included 1,000 adults (“general respondents”) in the United States 18+ who had been diagnosed with diabetes and experienced symptoms of diabetic nerve pain in their feet and/or hands. General respondents comprised: Non-Hispanic Whites (n=823), African Americans (n=73), Hispanic Americans (n=70) and Other (n=34). Additional African American (n=452) and Hispanic American (n=467) adults were then surveyed for further analysis, reaching a total survey sample size of 1,919 respondents. A sample of 308 health care providers were also surveyed.
of African Americans surveyed said that nerve pain in their feet and/or hands impacts their day-to-day life more than any other symptom of their diabetes.†