Neuropathy is generally associated with three sensations:
- Paraesthesia – numbness and/or tingling.
- Causalgia – a burning sensation.
- Dyesthesia – an unpleasant burning, itchy, crawling sensation in an area that is numbed or dulled.
The longer a person is diabetic, the more the damage can mount until ultimately it becomes severe. This damage includes loss of most or all feeling in the feet and lower legs and ultimately to ulceration, infection, and even amputation of unsalvageable limbs and premature death.
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy by the Numbers
The statistics for diabetes and DPN are grim and sadly the predictions are worse. In 2010, the CDC predicted that the number of diabetics would double or triple by 2050 and that as many as 1 in 3 Americans would develop diabetes. Only four years later, the CDC predicted that 2 in every 5 members of the adult population would develop diabetes.