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Pain from Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

An estimated 60-70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy, making it one of the most common complications of diabetes. The symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN)—nerve damage in the extremities—are most often felt in the toes, feet, and hands.

Common descriptions of the feelings or sensations for DPN are:

• Burning

• Numbness

• Tingling

• Stinging

• Electrical vibrations

• Shooting pain

• Searing pain

People experience the nerve damage from DPN in different ways. For example, a person can lose feeling without pain, have pain without numbness, or have no pain at all. The most common symptoms are burning and numbness, which can be key for diagnosis.