Health and Safety
Q: What is diabetic nerve pain?
Diabetic nerve pain is a type of nerve damage that happens in people who have diabetes. This damage makes it hard for their nerves to carry messages to the brain and other parts of the body. One might suffer sensations similar to decreased circulation in the extremities, such as numbness, ranging from mild to severe, and pins and needles. Limbs feel alternately burning hot and icy cold, accompanied by sharp or dull pain and muscle fatigue. These feelings are associated with reduced fine motor coordination, possibly leading to paralysis at the worst extreme.
A common complication of diabetes is damage to the nerves that allow patients to feel sensations such as numbness and debilitating pain. This condition is called diabetic nerve pain. While less than 3 per cent of the general population is affected, eventually 60 per cent of diabetics will develop some degree of nerve damage in their feet or hands.
It's often described as a burning, stabbing, shooting, tingling or shock-like sensation. It's a chronic, debilitating condition that has left sufferers frustrated and doctors puzzled with the lack of options to treat it. Countless Americans have suffered from nerve-related pain in silence with nowhere to turn for relief – until now.
With the epidemic of diabetes and shingles, more and more people are suffering from pain due to nerve damage. This pain is one of the most debilitating for patients and frustrating for practitioners, as it is difficult to diagnose and responds poorly to standard therapies.
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(NNA)—Despite a 45 percent drop in the accidental injury death rate of children ages 14 and under since 1987, accidental injury remains the number one killer of kids ages one to 14 in the United States.