Diabetes is one of the leading reasons patients develop nerve damage, also referred to as neuropathy. Neuropathy in the feet and hands presents itself as tingling, numbness, burning, or complete loss of feeling. Those sensations can develop into excruciating pain – becoming worse at night. The pain may be steady or intermittent. Furthermore, you could experience a loss of balance and coordination as well as muscle weakness. Some sources claim that at least 60% of diabetics develop at least one type of nerve damage, which is often due to elevated sugar levels and high blood pressure.
Though diabetes is usually the primary cause, other stressors trigger neuropathy and include hypothyroidism, vitamin deficiencies (E, B1, B6 and B12) and kidney disorders. Below are main areas patients should be aware of when symptom present themselves as neuropathy.
Physical strain on the body is another common cause of nerve injury. Trauma to the body may include falls, accidents, inactivity and carpal tunnel.
Contaminants, Alcohol and Medications
Substances whether ingested or due to work-related exposure substances can have a negative effect causing neuropathy. Substances include insecticides, solvents, lead, mercury, alcohol, blood pressure medication, cancer treatment drugs and bacterial-fighting medications.
There are bacteria and viruses, such as varicella-zoster, herpes simplex and Epstein-Barr that cause extreme pain that shoot throughout the body. Individuals with HIV/AIDS and infections such as Lyme disease may develop peripheral neuropathy, especially if they do not get proper treatment.
Those with autoimmune diseases are at particular risk of developing neuropathy. These disorders include (but not limited to):
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s disease
- Addison’s disease
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Rheumatoid and Reactive Arthritis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Pernicious Anemia
- Type 1 Diabetes
Neuropathy In The Feet And Hands
If you know or think you may suffer from neuropathy in the feet or hands, we invite you to call our office and schedule an appointment to learn more about the latest treatment available. More than 20 million Americans suffer from neuropathy, a condition caused by damage to the nerves.
Whether its work, play or time spent with the family, peripheral neuropathy pain ultimately lowers your quality of life by affecting everything that you do. There is hope.
You can get rid of your pain and get your life back. We offer some of the most advanced programs available and our goal is to help you have a better quality of life. We are so confident that we can help you; we are offering A FREE Consultation/Evaluation. There is no obligation, and the only thing you have to lose is your pain.
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