Remember trying to get a drink from a hose as a child, but no water was coming out. By the time you realized where the kink was, you noticed it was in your sibling’s hand, and the hose suddenly blasted you in the face with water!
Nerves work in a very similar way as they flow throughout the body. When nerves function correctly, they act as a system of hoses transferring information from one area to another.
However, when one nerve gets a slight kink or irritation, suddenly, the communication stops flowing.
Neuropathy is defined as a disorder of your nerves as they move throughout your body. Peripheral Neuropathy is the most common form and can lead to symptoms like muscle weakness and painful cramping.
Why it Matters:
Since nerves flow from the brain to the body and back to the brain, any irritation or “kink” in this system can cause problems. Peripheral Neuropathy happens when there is an alteration to the flow of information along a nerve. The important signals traveling from your brain get halted on the way to your arms or legs. You may experience many different types of symptoms because the brain transmits millions of signals every second. The following are a few of the most common symptoms seen with Peripheral Neuropathy:
• Muscle weakness
• Painful cramps
• Loss of sensation
• Difficulty standing or walking
• Increased pain and temperature sensations
If you recognize these symptoms and tend to feel like the information from your head is not getting down to your feet, make sure to reach out to us as soon as possible. Our practice is experienced at evaluating and treating people who are struggling with peripheral neuropathy.
Give us a call today so we can help you get back to your healthiest self.
“Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.” National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2021.
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