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The Reality Of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy In The Feet

Dear CDE, Lately my feet are feeling weird – like they are being squeezed tight inside my socks, but I am not wearing any socks. Then at night I get sharp sudden pains that just shoot into my ankles, heels and feet from nowhere that feels like an electric shock. It wakes me up, and keeps me awake. What is going on? Do I have that diabetes nerve pain like they show on TV? I am 36 years old, an active mom (2 kids ages 11 and 9), work part-time, and go for walks with my kids and the dog. I have been diabetic for 17 years. - Sarah Hello Sarah – What you are describing are typical signs and symptoms of nerve damage caused by peripheral neuropathy, which is the most common and well-known form of neuropathy that happens to people with diabetes (PWDs). Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) affects the transmission of biochemical-electric nerve signals from the brain to the spine to the peripheral nerves in the extremities, such as the lower legs, feet and toes, and arms, hands and fingers. The electric shock “pricks” you describe feeling are the result of the nerves trying to fire signals from your brain to your feet, but the transmission gets interrupted through wiring that has bee Continue reading >>

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