What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

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What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a neurological condition in which damage to the peripheral nerves leads to symptoms like weakness, pain and numbness in the extremities. Damage to the peripheral nervous system, which carries nerve signals from the brain to the rest of the body, is most commonly caused by uncontrolled diabetes. It can also result from injury, infection, exposure to toxins, congenital defects and other issues.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

The effects of this condition vary substantially based on the specific types of nerves that are affected. The most common symptoms include:

• Numbness or tingling that begins in the feet or hands before spreading to the arms, legs and sometimes other body parts
• Pain that feels like jabbing, throbbing or burning
• Sensitivity to touch and other stimuli
• Problems with mobility, such as frequent falling
• Muscle weakness or paralysis
• Intolerance to heat
• Bowel, bladder or digestive issues
• Blood pressure changes

Who is at Risk?

Certain people are at greater risk of developing peripheral neuropathy than others. Risk factors include the presence of diabetes, alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiency, Lyme disease, shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis C, HIV, autoimmune diseases such as lupus, toxin exposure, jobs that include repetitive motion or a family history of neuropathy.

Medical Care for Peripheral Neuropathy

If you experience the symptoms above, it’s important to see a qualified medical professional as soon as possible. Left untreated, neuropathy can increase your risk for burns, skin trauma, infection and falls, which in turn can lead to even more serious injury and illness.

We will first take a full medical history along with a neurological examination. Since neuropathy has a range of potential causes, many different tests may be used to diagnose this condition. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment focuses on controlling the condition that is causing neuropathy and managing symptoms to make you more comfortable. In many cases, these treatments can help improve quality of life for those with peripheral neuropathy.

The absolute best way to determine which treatment option is best for you is to talk with the experts at The NeuroMedical Institute in Panama City. From there, we can come up with a customized treatment plan for you. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more.

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