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By contactus
November 08, 2011
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Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is a condition in which the nerves that carry sensations to and from the Central Nervous System (brain and spinal cord) are damaged and no longer work properly to convey these signals. Because the nerves that run to the feet and hands are the longest, it is common for these parts of the body to exhibit signs of PN earlier and they may gradually work upward on the body.

The signs and symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy can vary from person to person depending on what part or what nerves are affected.  Sometimes people feel no pain at all while others experience intense pain to non-painful stimuli, numbness or tingling in the feet are also common symptoms, yet others may experience what is called a stocking-glove sensation where they feel like they are wearing socks or gloves when they are not.  The loss of these sensations leads to other risks, for example: a person with no pain sensation may step on a tack or nail and by the time it is noticed, they may have a wound that is infected and will be hard to heal.

There are many causes of PN, with diabetes being the most common.  Other known causes include certain vitamin deficiencies, medications, and chronic alcohol consumption.  Depending on the cause, some forms of PN can be kept from progressing or even reversed simply by removing the agent that is causing the problems.  Other times, preventative measures can be taken to decrease progression and risks of being seriously injured.

Peripheral Neuropathy is a serious condition, so if you are showing any signs or symptoms, or think you may be in a high risk category for developing PN, it is important to seek assistance. We can screen you for early signs of Peripheral Neuropathy, or help you to adjust to living with your PN and maintain as healthy a lifestyle as possible.

 

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