Q What causes diabetic nerve pain?
Diabetic nerve pain stems from a condition called neuropathy. This is a common condition with diabetes in which nerves become damaged. High glucose levels can damage the walls of the small blood vessels that nourish the nerves in your body. The result is destroyed nerve cells, which can lead to pain and a variety of other symptoms. Diabetic neuropathy most often impacts the nerves in the legs and the feet. Not controlling your blood glucose levels increases your risk for neuropathy, as well as smoking, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Symptoms of neuropathy include burning, tingling, loss of sensation, sharp pain, sensitivity to touch, muscle weakness, loss of coordination, ulcers, and infections. Please contact our office as soon as possible if you have diabetes and are experiencing any one of these symptoms. Make an appointment with Dr. Harvey Danciger by calling our Palm Desert, CA office at (760) 568-0108.