The most common type of diabetic neuropathy is diabetic peripheral neuropathy: pain in your hands or feet.
In the early stages of diabetic neuropathy, you may have no signs. You may have numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, or both. Because nerve damage can occur over several years, these cases may go unnoticed. You may only become aware of neuropathy if the nerve damage gets worse and becomes painful.
Pain caused by nerve damage from diabetes is called diabetic nerve pain.
Diabetic Nerve Pain Is a Growing Problem
About 8% of Americans have diabetes. Unfortunately, this number is only growing. As would be expected, the number of people suffering from diabetic nerve pain has also increased.
It is estimated that more than 25 million Americans are affected by diabetes Diabetic nerve pain is a common diabetes complication, as are kidney and eye (retinopathy) conditions Approximately 21% of patients with diabetes have diabetic nerve pain This adds up to 5 million Americans with diabetic nerve pain