When Diabetes Patients Suffer from Chronic Pain Symptoms

Posted on January 12, 2021

According to the Diabetes Research Institute, more than 30 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes. This number includes people of all age ranges, from all backgrounds.

Regular check-ups with a primary care physician is an important factor in early detection and treatment, as they’re often the first to diagnose Diabetes symptoms in patients. Depending on the type and severity of the Diabetic condition, a patient may also be referred to an Endocrinologist for additional, more specialized Diabetes treatment.

For Diabetes patients, the family doctor and/or Endocrinologist are important partners in the treatment process, providing critical information including:

  • Results from laboratory testing
  • Counseling on the importance of a strict diet
  • Recommendations about which physical activities will be beneficial
  • Prescribing Diabetic medication(s)
  • Referring the patient to necessary specialists when needed

When a Diabetes patient suffers from chronic pain, a pain management physician may also be a valuable asset in the suggestion and implementation of any necessary treatment protocols.

Primary doctors and Endocrinologists rely on such specialists to focus specifically on methods for relief from certain types of pain associated with Diabetic conditions, such as:

  • Cramps and/or shooting pain in the legs

    Such pain may be the result of worsening diabetic neuropathy, (nerve damage,) or Peripheral Arterial Disease, (blocked blood vessels.)

  • Joint pain caused by musculoskeletal problems

    When a Diabetic condition goes untreated, (or insufficiently treated,) this can lead to a breakdown in the musculoskeletal system, which may cause painful joint damage.

  • Back pain

    Studies have found evidence that suggests a link between diabetes and disc degeneration, with back pain being more widespread in those with Diabetes. This degenerative disc damage can cause patients to suffer painful chronic back pain symptoms.

  • Nerve pain

    Diabetic neuropathy is a serious condition that can cause damage to the nerves throughout your body, most commonly in the legs and feet. Symptoms may range from mild discomfort and numbness to extreme, prolonged pain.

When primary physicians, Endocrinologists and pain relief doctors work together for the common goal of relieving suffering and restoring quality of life, patients can count on the best possible care, treatment and outcomes available today.

Would your Diabetes patients benefit from the focused, comprehensive care of a pain management specialist?

At Riverside Pain Physicians, we believe that open communication between our specialists and referring physicians is key to becoming pain management partners and providing quality care for the patient. Our goal is for physicians to refer with confidence, knowing that our pain management specialists are dedicated to relieving patients’ pain and restoring their quality of life.

Our pain management clinics utilize the most innovative medical pain management technologies available, so that we may provide patients with the most up-to-date, minimally invasive procedures for pain relief, regardless of their medical condition. Our board-certified physicians take a comprehensive approach to customizing an effective treatment plan that’s right for the individual patient.

If you’re a primary care physician or other medical specialist, we want to be a pain management partner for you and your patients.

To learn more about Riverside Pain Physicians’ staff, locations or innovative treatments offered for a wide variety of pain conditions, contact us directly by phone at (904) 389-1010.

You can also visit www.riversidepainphysicians.com to complete your pain specialist referral online.

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