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Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve ReverseYou have probably experienced tingling or numbness in your hands when going about your daily activities. These neuropathy symptoms can affect your quality of life, making you wonder how you can reverse peripheral neuropathy.

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is progressive nerve damage. It results in tingling, numbing, pain, pins and needles, burning sensation, balance loss, and muscle weakness. The condition mainly occurs in the ages of 50 and above. Nerves send signals from the central nervous systems to other body parts. Nerves are responsible for the standard internal functions of the body like digestion, urination, sexual function, the heart, and blood circulation.

Neuropathy progresses slowly over the years and varies from person to person. Neuropathy starts in the legs, feet, and toes. As the disease progresses, hands are also affected, leading to problems like dropping objects, altered handwriting, numbness, tingling sensation, and eventually pain.

Can neuropathy be reversed?

In some cases, pain is eliminated, while the damage is permanent in others. Nerve reversal depends on the cause of the damaged nerve. Treating the underlying cause of neuropathy makes turnaround possible. For example, when neuropathy is caused by vitamin deficiency, symptoms may be eliminated by introducing a balanced diet. However, this may not be the case for patients with permanent nerve damage.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

There are different causes of neuropathy. Many conditions that cause neuropathy include:

  • Trauma
  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disorders (like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Viral or bacterial infections (like AIDS, Lyme disease, and shingles)
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Certain medications and treatments (chemotherapy)
  • Rare Hereditary disorders
  • Tumors
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Alcoholism
  • Kidney or thyroid diseases
  • Chronic inflammation

All these factors/ conditions can cause blood vessels damage. Blood vessels are responsible for feeding and keeping the nerves healthy. Patients are advised to seek medical attention if they suspect or experience the conditions above.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy

Symptoms of neuropathy vary depending on the type and location of the neuropathy. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Sharp burning and stabbing pain
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
  • Changes or Loss of sensation (extreme sensitivity to touch, severe or no pain)
  • Inexplicable weight loss
  • Low blood pressure (dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness
  • Feeding and swallowing difficulties
  • Loss of coordination or falling
  • Muscle spasms, twitching, or cramps
  • Excessive to no sweating
  • Body paralysis
  • Difficulty in moving arms and legs (body paralysis)
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Emotional disturbances (stress)
  • Hair, skin, and nail changes
  • Sexual challenges
  • Constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, bladder challenges, and bloating

Visit us today if you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above.

Diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy

Making a diagnosis is not easy because the symptoms are widely varied. Tests, physical exams, and extensive medical history are conducted to determine the extent and location of nerve damage.

The tests include:

  • Spinal fluid tests
  • Muscle strength tests
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • CT (computed tomography) scans
  • Nerve and skin biopsy
  • Blood tests
  • EMG (Electromyography) and nerve conduction studies
  • Genetic testing
  • NCS (Nerve Conduction Study)

Prevention and treatment of peripheral neuropathy

There is no cure for peripheral neuropathy. Medical practitioners begin by identifying and treating underlying medical conditions like infections or diabetes. Treatment options depend on the symptoms.

They include and are not limited to:

  • Medication (topical creams, antidepressants, and pain medication)
  • Surgery
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Complementary treatments like yoga, massages, and herbal products

Prevention is always better than cure. Lifestyle habits play a significant role in the prevention of peripheral neuropathy. The following are risk factors associated with peripheral neuropathy:

  • Smoking
  • Poor feeding habits
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poorly managed diabetes
  • Toxins
  • Foot injuries

If you are wondering whether you are an ideal candidate for a peripheral neuropathy reversal, contact our team at DM Foot and Ankle to find out if you qualify.

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