Woman understanding pdpn pain
Woman understanding pdpn pain

ABOUT DIABETIC
NERVE PAIN

Painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy,
commonly referred to as diabetic nerve
pain, is a diabetes-related condition.

Patient discussing pdpn with doctor
Patient discussing pdpn with doctor
DIABETIC NERVE PAIN IS DIFFERENT

What is diabetic nerve pain?

People living with diabetes can have elevated blood sugar levels, and over time these elevated levels can cause permanent damage to the nerves in their feet and hands. This nerve damage can cause a distinct type of pain—diabetic nerve pain.

SYMPTOMS

What are the symptoms of diabetic nerve pain?

Diabetic nerve pain is different from the pain you may experience from a headache, a sprained ankle, or arthritis. Some people with diabetic nerve pain experience shooting, burning, pins and needles, while others may have no symptoms 
at all.

Diabetic nerve pain is most commonly felt in the feet and hands, and although it can come and go, the damage causing nerve pain is permanent. The type and intensity of the pain varies greatly from person to person.

SYMPTOMS OF DIABETIC NERVE PAIN
If you have diabetes and have any of the symptoms below, ask your doctor if you could have diabetic nerve pain.

Shooting

Burning

Pins and needles

Electric shock-like

Numbness

Throbbing

Tingling

Stinging

Stabbing

Radiating

Sensitive to touch

Karen understanding pdpn symptoms
Karen understanding pdpn symptoms
DID YOU KNOW

1 in 5 people with
diabetes feel shooting,
burning, pins and
needles pain in their
feet and hands

GETTING A DIAGNOSIS

DIAGNOSING
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.

PROPER TREATMENT

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 
specific pain.

There are medications indicated for diabetic nerve pain, like LYRICA (pregabalin), which helps 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.

Nurses discussing pdpn symptoms
Nurses discussing pdpn symptoms
HOW LYRICA MAY HELP

For some patients,
LYRICA helps relieve
moderate to even severe
diabetic nerve pain