Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
Painful Diabetic Neuropathy is one of the manifestations of diabetic neuropathy, which is a serious complication of diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy is primarily caused by high blood glucose (“sugar”) levels damaging the nerves in the body, mostly in your legs and feet. It affects more than half of all people with diabetes. In addition to pain, diabetic neuropathy reduces the ability to sense, which if severe, may make people unaware of injuries to their feet.
The most important step you can take to reduce your chances of developing Painful Diabetic Neuropathy or to decrease its severity is to follow your doctor’s instructions on managing your blood sugar levels. This may include blood glucose monitoring, taking prescribed medications, a healthy diet, and regular exercise.
Unfortunately, despite best efforts many people with diabetes will develop PDN and require additional therapy.
Your doctor may prescribe medications which can help control the pain. Your doctor may also prescribe a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator to help you manage your chronic pain. These are electronic devices which stimulate your nerves to reduce pain.