Neuropathy is a term that is derived from and literally means “nerve
pain”. A form of neuropathy is known as Peripheral Neuropathy. This
is a disorder that is does not come from the spinal cord or the brain,
but can cause an equal amount of pain and require treatment. Peripheral
neuropathy, also called distal symmetric neuropathy or sensorimotor neuropathy,
is when nerves are damaged in the limbs. Other types of neuropathies include
Autonomic Neuropathy, Proximal Neuropathy, and Focal Neuropathy. The majority
of these illnesses stem from diabetes.
What You Notice
Peripheral Neuropathy causes your muscles to become weak and you may notice
your reflexes slowing especially in the ankle which can lead to problems
with walking. Foot deformities known as hammertoes are common and can
eventually cause the arch to collapse. With this added pain to the foot
area, sore may appear frequently because you won’t notice pressure
or injury to prevent them from happening. In extreme cases, if the sores
are infected, a limb may have to be removed. If your symptoms are found
and treated, you have much higher chance of saving your limb. Autonomic
Neuropathy doesn’t only affect your limbs; it affects the nerves
of the heart as well. This can cause your blood pressure and blood glucose
levels to have issues as well. This disease is like a domino effect if
untreated and can lead to problems with internal organs, digestion, respiratory
function, urination, sexual response, and vision.
What It Feels Like
- Numbness, loss of sensitivity
- Tingling and an prickling or burning sensation
- Sharp pains and cramps
- Difficulty with coordination and balance
- Sensitive to all forms of touch
- Shaking and lightheadedness
- Rising heart rate
- Intense pain in pelvis, eyes, chest, shins, abdomen
- Bell’s Palsy on one side of the face
What To Do
If you are wondering if you have a diabetes-related neuropathy, seek a
caregiver immediately. Utah Spine & Disc can treat several different
kinds of neuropathies, and can help you determine if you may need immediate
or long term medical attention. We will also providing relief for immediate
pain throughout the process. Spine & Disc uses WaveTherapy™
the Newlife Protocol™ treatment to relieve neuropathic pain.
This is also called distal symmetric neuropathy or sensorimotor neuropathy.
This is nerve damage in the arms and legs. Feet and legs are likely to
be affected before hands and arms. Many people with diabetes have signs
of neuropathy that a doctor could discover.
Affects the nerves that control the heart, regulate blood pressure, and
control blood glucose levels. Autonomic neuropathy also affects other
internal organs, causing problems with digestion, respiratory function,
urination, sexual response, and vision.