Common Questions to Diabetic Nerve Pain AnsweredThere are several forms of nerve damage (or in doctor-speak, neuropathy). The form that most people with diabetes (PWD) have is damage to the nerves that provide sensation from the far ends of the body, particularly the feet; this form is called distal sensory neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy.
Can diabetic nerve pain be reversed?
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The painful sensations (called dysesthesias or parathesias) that are associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy may disappear over time. Sometimes this is due to improvement in diabetes control (for example, there are numerous reports of improvement in diabetic neuropathy after successful pancreatic and renal transplantation); sometimes it's due to medications that block the pain. True reversal of the damage to the nerves seems unlikely, and people who report that their pain is gone may have had further deterioration of the function of the affected nerves to the point where no sensation is present (anesthesia).