Do you have symptoms of neuropathy? Neuropathy is also known as peripheral neuropathy because of its effect on the body’s sensory and motor nerves. It is common for patients to experience the first symptoms in their hands, arms, legs and feet.  When this occurs it is referred to as Sensory motor Polyneuropathy (meaning effecting many nerves). Neuropathy, if left untreated could lead to serious complications.


SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF NEUROPATHY

  • Experiencing tingling sensations in the hands, arms, legs and feet. This sensation is also described as a pins and needling feeling or prickling feeling.
  • Burning pain in the lower limbs. Eventually the burning will move into the arms and hands as the condition progresses.
  • Pains that are stabbing and sharp. These pains could be worse in the evening. Like the burning sensation, it will begin in the feet and legs and as the condition processes, the “electric-like” pain will move into the hands and arms.

It is common for neuropathy patients to develop muscle weakness and coordination problems which could include walking and standing. The muscles in the limbs may also become paralyzed.

Patients have increased likelihood of developing foot ulcers and infections in the skin. Peripheral neuropathy can occur when there is nerve damage and develop into dysesthesia, which effects a patients’ sensory touch sensation.

This can often lead to tingling and/or burning sensation. The skin on the extremities eventually can become so sensitive that the pressure from sheets or towels are painful.


AUTONOMIC NEUROPATHY

Autonomic neuropathy happens when automatic nerves, which control body functions such as breathing, perspiration and maintaining a heart rate, are affected.

When this occurs a patient could experience:

  • Inability to empty bladder completely
  • Low blood pressure leading to dizziness with rising from a seated or lying position
  • Accelerated heartbeat
  • Balance and coordination problems
  • Digestive issues
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
  • Diarrhea

MONO-NEUROPATHY

Patients can also experience issues on an individual nerve. When this occurs it is known as mononeuropathy (meaning one nerve). A person might also experience:

  • Bell’s Palsy: a disorder that affects the nerves of the face causing a single side of the face to become weak or paralyzed
  • Problems with the eyes and vision
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome: a condition that causes prickling, burning, tingling, pain, numbness in the joints.
  • Issues with focus and Double vision
  • Pain in the eye

Pain in specific areas like:

  • Chest
  • Shin
  • Foot

It’s important to see a doctor if you are experiencing any abnormal pain, numbness, tingling or weakness in your arms, legs, wrists, ankles, hands or feet. When a condition such as neuropathy is diagnosed early, you are more able to control the condition and potentially prevent more nerve damage.

It is also recommended to see a doctor if you are having difficulty with sleeps, depression or if you have a small cut on an extremity that doesn’t appear to be healing normally. 

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