Extreme Nerve Pain? Ask Your Doctor About Peripheral Neuropathy

Source: Mayo Clinic

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
  • Diabetes
  • 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
  • Weakness
  • 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.

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