Understanding Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Pain

Any abnormality in the nervous system is considered a Neuropathy. Its symptoms include, burning, tingling, numbness, hot and cold sensations. There are many types of neuropathy that affects people, but for our purposes we shall focus on peripheral neuropathy which is the most common type of neuropathy that affects diabetics.

The Diabetic peripheral neuropathy basically begins from the tips of the toes and gradually works its way up the legs. In severe cases, peripheral neuropathy affects the patient’s hands as well. At least 60% of diabetes patients experience some type of neuropathy in their feet. 5% of them are experiencing the painful diabetic neuropathy. In many cases, the pain experienced by the patient wi;; increase as they age; and 45% of diabetes patients who have been living with the disease for at least 25 years will experience some symptoms of painful diabetic neuropathy.

Based on the sheer number of people experiencing painful diabetic neuropathy, it would be safe to assume that there is a lot of information available regarding this complication. However, this is not the case. Even if there is a lot of scientific research under way related to this complication, the cause of diabetic neuropathy is still very unclear. Some researches claim that it is caused by the blood vessel damage, while others believe that the blood sugar causes damage to the nerves. In fact, there are many theories about diabetic neuropathy but at sadly none of them are confirmed.

Having no knowledge on the causes of diabetic neuropathy, there is simply no way to create treatments to reverse or stop the effects at the time of writing. Hopefully continued research and development into the condition will uncover  better treatment options. Currently the only way patients cope with this is through pain medication. Most physicians prescribe pain medications to regulate the pain caused by neuropathy. .

Some good examples of these pain medications include amitriptyline, desipramine and nortriptyline. These pain medications induce sleep and decrease the pain. Gabapentin is another well known medication for diabetic neuroapthy. It is also known as Neurontin; it was once used solely for seizures, but since the benefits have been proven it is also a good medication that treats neuropathy.


Disclaimer: The statements on this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please consult your physician before starting any nutrition regimen.