The Woodlands And Houston
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 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.
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
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.
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.