Can diabetes cause nerve damage?
Yes. People with diabetes (sometimes called “diabetes mellitus”) can get nerve damage if they have high blood sugar levels for a long time. Another word for nerve damage is “neuropathy.” People with diabetes can get different types of nerve damage, and sometimes this results in pain.
What are the symptoms of nerve damage caused by diabetes?
Nerve damage usually affects the toes and feet first. Some people do not feel any symptoms, but other people can have symptoms that include:
Numbness or loss of feeling
Burning or pain – Pain is often worse at rest or at night.
Feeling light touches as bothersome or painful
As nerve damage gets worse, symptoms can move from the feet up the legs. Once people feel symptoms in the middle of their lower legs, they might also start to feel symptoms in their hands.