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The Subtle Warning Signs of Neuropathy

Neuropathy is a condition where the nerves don’t function the way they should. One of the main causes of neuropathy is uncontrolled diabetes. Other causes can be injuries to the area, poison, and/or infections. This is a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system as opposed to the central nervous system.

Neuropathy Warning Signs
The warning signs of neuropathy are numbness, tingling, pain and weakness. These usually strike the patient’s hands and feet even though the symptoms can be felt in other places of the body. These areas are serviced by the kind of nerves that allow a person to experience touch or pain and feel heat. The nerves also control muscle movement and aspects of the cardiovascular and digestive systems.

Neuropathy Starts In the Toes
Because neuropathy affects the longest nerves in the body first, the first symptoms will be felt in the toes. The symptoms come on gradually, sometimes over years. As the symptoms worsen, the patient might experience pain like “pins and needles.” He or she might not be able to tolerate even the light touch of a sheet over the affected limbs and might not be able to tolerate heat. The patient might become clumsy or his or her muscles may become weak. He or she may also experience unwelcome changes in nails, skin or hair.

Other Neuropathy Symptoms
Other symptoms of neuropathy are trouble with the bowels, the bladder or the digestion. The patient might also have disturbances in his or her blood pressure and might become lightheaded or experience dizziness. The good news is that these symptoms can be controlled or alleviated if the underlying cause of them is found and treated.

For More Neuropathy Information
Is this what you’ve always understood neuropathy to mean? If you need more assistance or have further questions, contact Arizona Health Pros at 623-776-2225. 

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