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Here's Why You May be Suffering From Diabetic Nerve Pain (and How to Treat It)

Here’s Why You May be Suffering From Diabetic Nerve Pain (and How to Treat It)



Imagine feeling a pain that compares to shooting and stabbing sensations – that’s what happens to millions with something called diabetic nerve pain. But there are ways to help with this condition.


More than 34 million Americans – just over 1 in 10 – have diabetes1, and neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy of the feet, or more commonly referred to as diabetic nerve pain, is one of its most common complications.2


Here's Why You May be Suffering From Diabetic Nerve Pain (and How to Treat It)


The painful symptoms associated with this nerve damage include numbness, tingling, as well as shooting or stabbing sensations that most often affect the lower extremities.3


It is a progressive and debilitating complication of diabetes that will affect approximately more than 5 million Americans in 20204 and is expected to double by 2030.5


Dr. Mayank Gupta, President and CEO of the Kansas Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, speaks about his experience with diabetic nerve pain as well as a new non-opioid treatment option, delivered via a specially formulated patch, that can help alleviate the pain of this condition for up to 3 months.




  1. CDC Division of Diabetes Translation, National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/library/features/diabetes-stat-report.html#:~:text=New%20in%202020%2C%20the%20report,1%20in%203%E2%80%94have%20prediabetes. Accessed July 6, 2020
  1. University of Chicago Center for Peripheral Neuropathy. Types of Peripheral Neuropathy. http://peripheralneuropathycenter.uchicago.edu/learnaboutpn/typesofpn/diabetes/diabetes.shtml. Accessed July 6, 2020
  2. American Diabetes Association. Peripheral Neuorapthy Overview. https://www.diabetes.org/diabetes/complications/neuropathy/peripheral-neuropathy. Accessed July 17, 2020
  3. LTP 2020-2030: ADDRESSABLE POPULATIONS BY CONDITION (PDPN, PSNP, PHN, CINP). Company data on file. April 30, 2020.
  4. Gore, M., Brandenburg, N. A., Dukes, E., Hoffman, D. L., Tai, K.-S., & Stacey, B. (2005). Pain Severity in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is Associated with Patient Functioning, Symptom Levels of Anxiety and Depression, and Sleep. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 30(4), 374-385. doi:10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2005.04.009.
  1. CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2018
  2. America’s Health Rankings. United Health Foundation. https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/Diabetes. Accessed July 13, 2020

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