Talk to Your Doctor
Acknowledge your diabetic nerve pain
If you are living with diabetes and experience shooting, burning pain in your feet or hands, it’s very important to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor. This is not always easy, but it is the only way for you to get a proper diagnosis.
Try not to let the subject of your pain get lost among all the other aspects of diabetes management — even if you already have a lot to talk about. Telling your doctor about your symptoms of diabetic nerve pain should be a priority at your next visit.
*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.
97% of doctors report it is important for them to know how diabetic nerve pain affects their patients’ lives, according to an online survey.*
Make sure to describe the painful symptoms you’re feeling and their impact on you to your doctor.
Partnering with your doctor is key
You and your doctor are a team and need to work together to manage your diabetic nerve pain. Your doctor might not ask if you’re experiencing this pain and can’t help you if you don’t speak up. It’s up to you to bring up this conversation and to describe your pain and its impact. While you’re with your doctor you should also get answers to all of your questions. The more you tell your doctor about your symptoms, the better he or she will be able to help you. The Diabetic Nerve Pain Assessment can help you get the conversation started.
†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.
The majority of Black and Hispanic sufferers surveyed, who were diagnosed with diabetic nerve pain, wished they had spoken up sooner.†