Diabetes Related Nerve Pain (neuropathy) Worse at Night

Neuropathic-Pain-Diabetes-Type-2Research suggests that diabetic-related nerve pain can be worse in the evening hours.

Diabetic nerve damage, which is characterized by pain, tingling and numbness in the extremities of the body, is common with Type 2 diabetes as diabetes damages every cell in the body over time and in particular the nerve endings it is often called neuropathy.

Researchers asked 647 patients with diabetic nerve painĀ  (neuropathy) to rate the intensity of their pain on a scale from 1 to 10 every three hours beginning at 8 a.m.

The majority of the patients reported the worst pain at 11 PM, followed by 8 PM.

The majority of the patients in the study were already taking over-the-counter pain medication. The researchers say that more pain medication may be needed in the evening or patients may have to adjust the time of day they are taking their medication. However, at this point, they said its too early to make any concrete recommendations.