Pine Belt recognizes September as Pain Awareness Month

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi Legislature passed a resolution earlier this year that declared September as Pain Awareness Month.

According to Mississippi Department of Health, Mississippi ranks second nationally for overall diabetes prevalence.

Pain Awareness month it is optimum time for the public to become more aware of diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN), a serious diabetic related condition that damages nerve fibers.

According to MDOH, Mississippi ranks second nationally for overall diabetes prevalence with more than 276,000 residents diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (approximately 12.5 percent of the adult population.)

Hattiesburg Clinic Physician Dr. Charles Hernandez said,"For patients with diabetes type one, type two cause pain in the lower extremities both sides both feet tend to go towards the calf they often times get severe numbness or burning tingling just constant pain."

DPN has caused 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage.

Dr. Hernandez said all patients diagnosed with diabetes should be screened for DPN.

If diabetic patients do have DPN they can consult their physicians for more information on the side effects.

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