Diabetes Self-Management VideosNeuropathy

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is estimated to affect up to 70% of people with diabetes, and pain from the condition can be very difficult to treat. This interview with neuropathy specialist Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD, addresses causes of the condition, symptoms and tests, and steps that can be taken to decrease the likelihood of developing neuropathy.

 

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More about Neuropathy

Controlling Neuropathic Pain

I am an occupational therapist. In my line of work, I see many clients with neuropathic pain stemming from diabetes. I have never experienced neuropathy myself, but I know from working with my clients that it is often an unrelenting, terrible kind of pain. The burning, the pins and needles, the stabbing sensations, the numbness – peripheral neuropathy is hard to live with and can also be hard to treat.

Coping With Painful Neuropathy

One of the most prevalent complications of diabetes is neuropathy, or damage to the nerves. According to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, up to 70% of people with diabetes develop neuropathy, particularly the longer they live with diabetes. While neuropathy can affect any nerve in the body, it very commonly affects those in the feet and legs and sometimes the hands and arms. This type of neuropathy is called peripheral neuropathy, and it can cause a range of unpleasant sensations, including tingling, burning, numbness, and pain. Treating the pain that can result from peripheral neuropathy is often difficult.

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Neuropathy is an abnormality anywhere in a nerve pathway that disrupts nerve signals, causing the brain to misinterpret feelings or sensations. Different types of neuropathy go by different names, depending on the number of nerves affected, their function, and where in the body they are located.

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