Averitas Pharma — the U.S. division of Grünenthal, a major German pharmaceutical company — has announced a contest for descriptions of diabetic nerve pain, with the goal of making the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy more widely known, according to an announcement form the company.
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Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is the consequence of nerve damage in the limbs — usually the legs and feet — due to exposure to high blood glucose levels. Symptoms of the condition may include numbness, tingling, or burning sensations in the affected areas, and they can range from mild to severe. There is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, and treatments for the condition generally focus on addressing the symptoms rather than the underlying causes of the condition. Approved treatments for neuropathy pain include a doctor-applied long-term skin patch and — for cases involving severe pain — a spinal cord stimulation implant. Since the root cause of diabetic peripheral neuropathy is damage from elevated blood glucose, optimizing your blood glucose control is a key step toward reducing any future nerve damage. Other steps that have been shown to potentially improve neuropathy symptoms include losing excess body weight and getting enough physical activity.
Neuropathy contest rules
The new “Speak For Your Feet” contest from Averitas Pharma invites anyone who is familiar with symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy — whether you have it yourself, or know or care for someone with the condition — to submit what’s known as a mnemonic, or memory device, to help people remember potential symptoms. This mnemonic should take the form of an existing word that is four to 10 letters long, with each letter representing a symptom of peripheral neuropathy. One example of a mnemonic representing a medical condition is FASTER, to help people recognize and respond to stroke symptoms — these letters stand for Face, Arms, Stability, Talking, Eyes, and React. In this case, the first five letters refer to symptoms that people should look for, while the final letter reminds them to call for emergency medical attention if they suspect someone is having a stroke.
According to the contest rules, the letters in the new mnemonic for neuropathy can represent key symptoms, health reminders, or actionable steps people can take. Key symptoms may include words like tingling, numbness, burning, or other sensations that people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy typically experience. Health reminders may include things like blood glucose control or advocating for yourself at a doctor’s appointment. And actionable steps may include things like discussing treatment options with your doctor.
To enter the contest, you’ll need to submit an online form on the contest web page, which requires some personal contact information in addition to your contest entry. The contest ends on October 1, 2022. The winner will receive a $1,000 VISA gift card, or two passes to the American Chronic Pain Association’s 2023 Pain Freedom Conference in Colorado along with up to $1,500 for travel and lodging expenses. Averitas intends to promote the winning entry in educational materials to “help people with diabetes recognize, remember, and seek care for symptoms of diabetic nerve pain of the feet.” Three runners-up will also be selected, with each of these contestants receiving a $100 VISA gift card.