DID YOU KNOW
1 in 5 people with
diabetes feels shooting,
burning, pins and
needles pain in their
feet and hands
GETTING A DIAGNOSIS
DIABETIC NERVE PAIN
Make your pain a priority. If you think you might have diabetic nerve pain, at your next doctor’s appointment, talk to your doctor and be specific about the type of pain you are feeling. Understanding and getting a diagnosis is the best way of finding pain relief. For help talking to your doctor, fill out the Doctor Discussion Guide and bring it with you to your next appointment.
A few ways your doctor may diagnose diabetic nerve pain:
Assess your symptoms as part of a physical exam
Your doctor may check your blood pressure, heart rate, muscle strength, reflexes, and sensitivity to touch, temperature, and vibration.
American Diabetes Association recommendation
The ADA recommends that your doctor perform a comprehensive exam every year, assessing the skin, muscles, bones, circulation and feeling in your feet.
Conduct a monofilament test
This involves touching your foot with a piece of nylon (similar to a bristle on a hairbrush) to test sensitivity and determine the extent of nerve damage.
Work with your doctor to treat diabetic nerve pain
Many people have taken over-the-counter pain relievers for the intense pain in their feet or hands. Over-the-counter pain relief pills are not approved by the FDA to treat this
There are medications indicated for diabetic nerve pain, like LYRICA (pregabalin), which help to treat the shooting, burning, pins and needles of diabetic nerve pain. With the appropriate treatment, you could be closer to finding some relief for your feet or hands.