Extreme Nerve Pain? Ask Your Doctor About Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy is an all-encompassing term for a number of different conditions that directly harm the peripheral nervous system. Affecting an estimated 20 million people in the United States, the condition is a result of damage to the peripheral nervous system – the communications network that send information between the brain, spinal cord, and every other part of the body.
The most common causes of Peripheral Neuropathy include:
- Nerve damage
- Hereditary disorders
- Inflammation or infections in arms, legs, or extremities
There are two types of neuropathy to be aware of. Peripheral Neuropathy involves pain or sensations that spread into several nerves at the same time whereas Mononeuropathy affects a single nerve.
Do you have these symptoms?
- Numbness and/or tingling in the toes or fingers
- Burning or stabbing pain (more common in the evening)
- Sensitivity to touch
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Trouble with balance and stability
- Difficulty with properly moving limbs
- Damage to nerves that communicate with organs may impair digestion, sexual function, or urination
Getting to the right treatment quickly.
Schedule a doctor appointment to review your detailed pain log. A thorough review of the symptoms you experience along with treatments you have tried will help accelerate your speed for getting treatments. Come prepared with information for: Family medical history, Symptoms, and Conditions. Do not be surprised if the doctor asks for these additional tests: Neurological exam, Blood tests, or Electrodiagnostic tests.