There are many types of peripheral neuropathy. Patients generally present with a variety of symptoms ranging from pain and numbness in the hands and feet to tingling or burning and a loss of sensation. Because of the generalized nature of presenting symptoms an initial physical evaulation is needed to rule out a variety of causes.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from such problems as infections, metabolic problems, repetitive trauma, biomechanical problems, exposure to toxins and medications. One of the most common causes of the disorder is diabetes.
Treatment options depend on the underlying medical problem and the cause of the pain.
Diabetes makes your blood sugar levela higher than normal. High blood sugar levels can damage the nerves that control sensation in your body. When diabetes damages the nerves, its called diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy develops gradually and you may not notice the problem until the damage has already occurred. Management therapies can now address the underlying cause of the symptoms to facilitate nerve repair. Ask your Doctor about available nurtient options and medical foods to improve the health of your nerves so you have less pain and improved sensation in your feet helping you get back to enjoying life.
What Causes Neuropathy?
With 100 known types of peripheral neuropathy, the causes are just as numerous. When the peripheral nerves do not relay information from your central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to the muscles, organs, including the skin, and the joints back to the brain properly, neuropathy will occur. A single nerve or nerve group can be involved, or possibly multiple nerves.
Conditions that might result in neuropathy include: Hereditary disorders Systemic or metabolic disorders Infectious or inflammatory conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis Exposure to toxic compounds Drugs Other causes including ischemia (decreased
We've know this all along. A study from the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center Ann Arbor suggests that "antibiotics alone are not as effective as surgery plus antibiotics, both for healing wounds and saving limbs" for diabetic patients. It also suggests that diabetic patients, especially those with PVOD (peripheral vascular occlusive disease), have a very high chance of developing osteomyelitis and that these patients should be considered for arterial reconstruction as indicated and early podiatric surgical intervention to prevent the high cost of treating osteomyelitis (bone infection) and avoid amputation.
Q: I have diabetes related neuropathy and I’m a little afraid to exercise because of it. Can you give me some ideas on how to get active and avoid further complications?
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