Peripheral neuropathy is a prevalent condition affecting 20 million people in America. It refers to nerve diseases affecting a specific subdivision of your nervous system, i.e., the peripheral nervous system (the nervous system in which nerves are located outside the brain and spinal cord).
Anyone can develop peripheral neuropathy; however, some people are at higher risk for developing neuropathy, such as people with diabetes, cancer, Vitamin B12 deficiency, copper deficiency, and people who have exposure to toxins, to name a few.
Let’s discuss some initial symptoms of peripheral neuropathy you should watch out for and where you can go for peripheral neuropathy treatment in Florida, New Jersey, Georgia, Michigan, or Illinois.
Early Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy is when the nerves of your peripheral nervous system become damaged.
The peripheral nervous system comprises all other nerves present in your body, including the nerves that travel from your spinal cord and brain to supply your face, shoulder, and rest of your body. Any single nerve, a connected group of related nerves, or many nerves can be affected by peripheral neuropathy.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary depending on the type of nerve (sensory, motor, autonomic, and combination) affected.
Some early and easy-to-recognize signs of peripheral neuropathy are:
- Numbness and tingling or prickling sensations that start gradually in your hands or feet and spread into your arms and legs
- Pain, which may be sharp, burning, throbbing, or jabbing
- Pain during activities that otherwise don’t cause pain, such as pain in your feet when they are at rest, are under a blanket
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Balance problems or lack of coordination
- Extreme muscle weakness
Often these symptoms are mild and infrequent.
Here, the symptoms like tingling, numbness, clumsiness, loss of balance, and pain are due to the damage to the sensory nerves (nerves that signal the brain to help your smell, taste, touch, and see. The motor neuropathy symptoms are muscle weakness and paralysis, muscle atrophy, and uncontrolled muscle movements.
Damage to the autonomic nerves results in symptoms like blood pressure changes, sweating too little or too much, sexual dysfunction, and bowel and bladder problems.
Neuropathy Program at NIVA Health
If you’re having any of these signs of peripheral neuropathy, seek care as early as possible because your situation will get worse without proper and early measures.
At NIVA Health, our highly qualified providers utilize advanced, non-drug, all-natural treatments to address your neuropathy and its discomforting symptoms. The neuropathy treatment plan developed by our providers includes electric nerve stimulation, red-light therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, lifestyle changes, and more.