Neuropathy is weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet. About 3 million people in the US suffer from this condition.
DIABETIC PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY
Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage that is caused by diabetes. Over time, high blood glucose levels (blood sugar), and high levels of fats in the blood from diabetes can damage your nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy is caused by a number of issues, including alcoholism, medication, tumors, trauma, and autoimmune disorders.
WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE?
Peripheral neuropathy pain is generally described as stabbing, burning or tingling. Some experience extreme sensitivity to touch, and others lack of coordination and falling.
HOW MUCH CAN TREATMENT HELP?
Often, neuropathy is caused by a treatable condition, so pain can be reduced. Medications can also help a great deal.