Diabetic Polyneuropathy is the chronic pain resulting from diabetes as it impacts the body. It effects nerves that control movement, sensation and other functions.
About half of those with diabetes have some form or neuropathy. Causes may include blood sugar levels, obesity, metabolic factors, and even genetics.
There are several types of neuropathy when it comes to diabetes and pain. Diabetic Polyneuropathy effects the nerves that branch out from the spine – And effects the longest nerves the most. Meaning you may experience tingling, burning, or numbness in hands, legs and feet. There may also be muscle weakness, extreme sensitivity to touch, insensitivity to temperature or touch, and lack of balance.
Once diagnosed, there are several treatment options for DPN. While balancing Blood Sugar levels may bring immense relief, you still may need additional treatments.
Treatment will depend highly on what works for you, and upon what symptoms you are experiencing.
You may need pain medications to reduce the pain, anti-seizure medications or anti-depressants. Topical creams have also helped some patients. You may want to also try a TENS unit. This machine sends out electrical pulses that helps to disrupt the pain signals from registering with your brain. Relaxation training and acupuncture have also helped patients with Diabetic Polyneuropathy.
If you have been struggling with chronic pain originating from diabetes, then please contact us so we can start finding the right solution with you.