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How should I involve my partner with the emotional effects of diabetic nerve pain?

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If you're in a relationship, be candid with your partner. Discuss any fears you have about intimacy, be it fear of rejection, or pain from sex. Make sure you also discuss what's good, and be frank about what you need.

Make time to be by yourselves, too. Take a bath together, go for a walk, or just hold each other in bed. If you're having sexual problems, consider seeing a counselor or sex therapist.

SOURCES:  Christopher Gibbons, MD, director of the Neuropathy Clinic at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. 

Palmer, K.T. , January 2003.  Annals of Rheumatic Diseases

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Chronic Pain and Depression." WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Maintaining Intimacy." WebMD Medical Reference: "Living with Chronic Pain."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:  Christopher Gibbons, MD, director of the Neuropathy Clinic at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston, and instructor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. 

Palmer, K.T. , January 2003.  Annals of Rheumatic Diseases

WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Chronic Pain and Depression." WebMD Medical Reference: "Pain Management: Maintaining Intimacy." WebMD Medical Reference: "Living with Chronic Pain."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 17, 2017

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