Nerve Pain with Diabetes

Friday, October 21, 2016

Nerve damage from diabetes occurs in more than 200,000 Americans each year. It cant be cured but treatment can help. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nerve pain with diabetes is called neuropathy. It is common in people with uncontrolled diabetes. It usually affects the feet and the legs. It may cause burning pain or a loss of feeling.

Nerves are like wires that bring feeling to your brain from other parts of the body. High blood sugar levels can damage those nerves. The nerves in your feet are usually the first to be damaged. Nerves in other parts of the body can be damaged, too.

If you have nerve damage in your feet, you will notice pain or loss of feeling.

If you feel pain in your feet, there are medicines and other treatments that can help. Make sure your doctor knows what other medicines you take to avoid bad reactions.

Medicine will lessen the pain for many patients, but most will still have some pain. It is also important to wear proper fitting shoes. Have your doctor check your feet for injuries you cannot feel.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.