The study, carried out by researchers at the University of California, involved 13,171 adult participants.
This is the largest study of its kind to assess a full range of pain and non-pain symptoms in people with type 2 diabetes.
Findings revealed that almost 25% of people with type 2 diabetes also suffered from fatigue, neuropathy, sleep disturbance, depression and physical or emotional disabilities.
The prevalence of pain and non-pain symptoms were found to increase with age.
The study authors said: “Adults living with type 2 diabetes are suffering from incredibly high rates of pain and non-pain symptoms, at levels similar to patients living with cancer.”
Living with chronic pain can be incredibly difficult for both young and elderly people. It can limit mobility and severely impact the lifestyle of the sufferer.
Whereas painkillers offer an effective short-term respite, taking them is not necessarily a sustainable treatment option.
Many complementary and alternative therapies aim to help people manage their pain holistically by taking their emotional as well as their physical health into account. Pain is thought to be intricately connected to emotional well-being and it is for this reason that many holistic therapies work.
Therapies that focus on reducing pain include acupuncture, physiotherapy and bowen therapy. Acupuncturists use needles to redirect the energy flows around the body; physiotherapists adopt a combination of massage and physical manipulation to treat the source of pain, and bowen therapists use specialist movements to stimulate energy flow and release congestion across the body.
Pain is an incredibly subjective experience and different treatments suit different people. As chronic pain can go on for many, many years, it can help to see your experience as a journey. Finding what does and doesn’t work for you is all part of the process and most people try a number of different therapies before they find one that works.
Please visit our Therapies Topics page to find out more about the many therapies available for pain management.
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