Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system, leading to dysfunction and damage of the nerves when left untreated.
At CardioVascular Health Clinic, we specialize in diagnosing and treating several types of peripheral neuropathy to improve patients' quality of life. Our expert team is experienced in managing the different forms of peripheral neuropathy.
Through our comprehensive approach, we offer personalized treatment plans and therapies tailored to each patient's specific needs, aiming to treat neuropathy pain and improve quality of life.
Continue reading to learn more.
Peripheral neuropathy, more commonly known as “neuropathy,” is a disorder of the peripheral nerves.
The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. Peripheral nerves manage three functions: sensory, autonomic, and motor functions.
Peripheral nerves are responsible for recognizing touch, temperature, and pain. They are also responsible for muscular strength and voluntary and involuntary movement.
Symptoms start with pain or loss of feeling in the fingers and toes. As the condition progresses, the legs and arms might become less sensitive to sensation, walking or maintaining balance difficult.
Specific stages are not typically categorized like some other medical conditions. Instead, the progression and severity of neuropathy can vary widely depending on the underlying cause and individual factors.
It is most common to describe neuropathy in terms of its severity or impact on nerve function as mild, moderate, severe, or advanced.
Peripheral neuropathy encompasses a range of conditions characterized by damage or dysfunction of the peripheral nerves. There are more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy.
Some of the most common types of peripheral neuropathy include:
The cause of peripheral neuropathy is not always known, though the condition is frequently a symptom of other health issues. There is also a genetic component -- if a parent has a history of neuropathy, the children are at greater risk.
Peripheral neuropathy is most commonly caused by diabetes; over time, high blood sugar weakens nerves.
Several other conditions can also cause this health problem, including:
Peripheral neuropathy can manifest gradually. Some of the most common symptoms include:
Neuropathy can manifest with various symptoms, and the specific warning signs can vary depending on the type and location of the nerve damage.
The most common warning signs of neuropathy include:
Your risk of peripheral neuropathy is first assessed by obtaining the following information:
Additionally, your physician will conduct a physical examination to check your ability to sense touch, pain, and temperature. If additional screenings are necessary, your physician will order a series of tests that check the function of your nerves. These tests might include the following screenings:
You will also undergo blood screening to check for diabetes, vitamin deficiency, or infections that can cause peripheral neuropathy.
In the early stage, individuals may not exhibit noticeable symptoms or be mild and intermittent. Nerve damage may be present, but it doesn't significantly impact nerve function or quality of life.
Symptoms become more apparent in this stage, including persistent tingling, numbness, or mild pain. Sensory changes, such as muscle weakness or reduced reflexes, may also be present. Symptoms often progress and may start affecting daily activities.
At this stage, neuropathy symptoms become more pronounced and debilitating. Individuals may experience intense and constant pain, significant loss of sensation, and increased muscle weakness. Motor symptoms, such as difficulties with coordination and balance, often occur. Activities of daily living can be severely affected, impacting the overall quality of life.
In the advanced stage, neuropathy reaches its most severe form. Nerve damage is extensive, resulting in significant and persistent symptoms. There may be profound sensory loss, muscle weakness or paralysis, chronic pain, and functional impairment. Individuals may require assistance with mobility and complications such as foot ulcers or infections.
CardioVascular Health Center offers peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS), an outpatient neuromodulation therapy that provides targeted pain relief for chronic or neuropathy patients.
PNS is an alternative to the traditional medication or treatment options used to treat neuropathy or chronic pain, especially for patients for whom conventional therapies have not been successful or optimized for adequate pain relief.
Traditional medication therapies have many drawbacks and side effects, including limited replacement and the risk of dependency. Medication can also tire patients, interfering with their lifestyle and overall quality of life.
While a complete cure for peripheral neuropathy is typically not possible, there are numerous measures you can take to prevent its progression.
The best course of action to slow neuropathy progression and minimize its symptoms is by treating the underlying cause.
By managing the root cause and implementing symptom management strategies, you can effectively mitigate reaching higher stages of the condition.
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