29 Million people have Diabetes
Shooting, burning, pins and needles in your hands or feet? If you have diabetes and and have these symptoms, you could have painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy—also known as diabetic nerve pain. It is a common complication of diabetes. The most common cause is poorly controlled blood sugar over time.
Diabetic nerve pain can take years to develop. In the early stages, you may have no signs at all, and then only start to feel a tingling or numbness in your feet. As it progresses, you may also feel the pain in your hands and it is often worse at night. This means that your nerves may be damaged for a long time before you experience painful symptoms.
November is diabetes month and it is important to understand the importance of the nerve damage and controlling your blood sugar from preventing further damage.
How is diabetic nerve pain different from other pain?
Is your body telling you something is wrong? There are two types of pain—muscle pain or nerve pain.
Muscle pain is a “protective” form of pain. It is caused by something specific like an injury or inflammation. The nerves in the injured muscle or joint send electric signals to the brain as a warning that damage has occurred and the activity you’re doing is causing harm. If you limit or stop the harmful activity, muscle pain can get better over time. It is important to seek medical attention at the Nerve Health Institute to test and rehabilitate these nerves to a better outcome.
When you experience nerve pain, it is a “non-protective” form of pain. It occurs when your nerves are damaged by an injury or disease, such as diabetes. Your nerves send extra electrical signals to the brain. This causes pain when you do something that is not normally painful, like putting on shoes. Diabetic nerve pain is a sign that the nerves in your feet or hands are damaged. Again, preventative care or early check ups with your nerve doctor is vital.
At the Nerve Health Institute, we specialize in nerve rehabilitation through a specialized patented technique called Quantum Neurology. Contact us if you have any kind of nerve pain or symptom…your body relies on important nerve signals to function properly. Nerve rehabilitation make these signals stronger and your body function normally.