Glossary

Glossary

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There are 2 names in this directory beginning with the letter P.
Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic neuropathies (say: die-uh-BET-ik noo-ROP-e-thees) are a group of disorders that can cause pain, along with numbness, weakness, or odd sensations. Up to 70% (7 out of 10) of people who have diabetes (both Type 1 and Type 2) have some form of neuropathy. This can involve the hands, feet, arms, and legs. It can sometimes also affect the digestive tract, heart, or sex organs.

Piriformis Syndrome
The piriformis (say: pir-uh-FOR-mis) muscle runs from the sacrum in the lower part of the spine, across the sacro-iliac joint to the top of the thigh bone, or femur. The sciatic nerve runs directly under this muscle. When the muscle becomes tight or spasms, it may cause a brief irritation of the nerve.