Rest for the Weary: Pain Relief for Diabetics with Painful Neuropathy
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 5, 2013
WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Way back in the 17th century,
John Donne, English attorney, cleric and preeminent representative of the
metaphysical poets, wrote: "Sleep is pain's easiest salve, as doth fulfill all
offices of death, except to kill." Today, those words could especially
resonate with the estimated three to five million U.S. men and women with Type
2 diabetes who suffer from Painful Diabetic Neuropathy (PDN), as half of them
report trouble falling or remaining asleep.
PDN is a manifestation of diabetic neuropathy, a common complication of
diabetes that results from nerve damage due to high blood glucose (sugar)
levels. PDN can bring about symptoms such as burning, stabbing and
hypersensitivity in the feet, and can severely limit patients' daily
Unfortunately, even when treated with pain medications, only one in four
patients with PDN reports 50 percent relief. Furthermore, PDN is
non-discriminatory, in that it lasts through the night. Given the difficulty
these patients can already experience in their daily routines, what can be
done to help relieve their pain while they sleep? And perhaps even provide
daytime pain relief as well?
Fortunately, one innovative company understands the importance of Donne's
sentiments, especially for PDN patients. That company is NeuroMetrix, Inc., a
medical device company headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, focused on the
neurological complications of diabetes. Its team, led by Chief Executive
Officer Shai N. Gozani, M.D., Ph.D., has created the SENSUS™ Pain Management
System, to help those who suffer from PDN find rapid, non-narcotic pain relief
both while awake and during sleep—or "pain's easiest salve," as Donne would
As Dr. Gozani explains, "The sleep cycle is essential for the repair,
rebuilding and recharging of the human body and its natural systems. For the
millions who are afflicted with PDN, pain symptoms can actually worsen at
nighttime, according to studies published in medical journals."
SENSUS is a lightweight, wearable transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
(TENS) device that provides fast-acting pain relief as a complement to pain
medications. It's the first such device to receive 510(k) clearance from the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during sleep.
For more on how to manage PDN with SENSUS, ask your doctor, or visit
www.neurometrix.com, which paid for the writing and dissemination of this
Contact: Laura Radocaj, Dian Griesel Int'l., 212.825.3210
SOURCE NeuroMetrix, Inc.
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