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What is Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition of the nervous system that typically causes numbness, tingling, burning, aching, and a variety of other symptoms. Many patients also report experiencing restless legs or throbbing, cramping pain in their hands or feet.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

Poor blood circulation may also be a major contributing factor that leads to neuropathy. Diabetics are especially susceptible to neuropathy due to the damage high sugar levels may inflict on the small vessels responsible for delivering blood to the nerves. High glucose levels are believed to adversely affect the amount of oxygen provided to the nerves thus leading to neuropathy.


Nerve Degeneration Can Cause Neuropathy

Peripheral Nerve Damage Symptoms

Symptoms are dependent on which nerves have been damaged. In general, peripheral neuropathy symptoms develop gradually; they may seem like minor and infrequent pains or problems at first, but as the nerves become more damaged, symptoms may grow.

Healthy Nerve Diagram

Sensory nerve damage causes a variety of symptoms because sensory nerves have a broad range of functions. Larger sensory fibers enclosed in myelin register vibration, light touch, and position sense. Damage to large sensory fibers impairs touch, resulting in a general decrease in sensation. Since this is felt most in the hands and feet, people may feel as if they are wearing gloves and stockings even when they are not. This damage to larger sensory fibers may contribute to the loss of reflexes. Loss of position sense often makes people unable to coordinate complex movements like walking or fastening buttons, or to maintain their balance when their eyes are shut.

Smaller sensory fibers without myelin sheaths transmit pain and temperature sensations. Damage to these fibers can interfere with the ability to feel pain or changes in temperature. People may fail to sense that they have been injured from a cut or that a wound is becoming infected. Others may not detect pain that warns of impending heart attack or other acute conditions. Loss of pain sensation is a particularly serious problem for people with diabetes, contributing to the high rate of lower limb amputations among this population.

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy is a medical term that describes the problems that occur when your nerve endings are damaged. If you have had Peripheral Neuropathy for 3 years or less, your chance of success is extremely high. If you have been diagnosed with Neuropathy or have been suffering from the symptoms, please contact us to schedule a consultation.

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Neuropathy Symptoms

Numbness in feet

Burning or pain in feet

Leg cramping

Sharp electrical-like pain

Pain or difficulty walking

Difficulty sleeping from leg and foot discomfort

Prickling or tingling feeling in feet

Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch

Lack of coordination

Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected

Neuropathy Facts

An estimated 20 million people in the United States have some form of peripheral neuropathy.

More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified, each with its own symptoms and prognosis.

Peripheral neuropathy may be either inherited or acquired through disease processes or trauma. Often however, a specific cause cannot be identified.

60% to 70% of people with diabetes have mild to severe forms of nervous system damage that can affect sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves.

Peripheral nerves have the ability to regenerate axons, as long as the nerve cell itself has not died.

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    Austin, TX 78745

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