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Peripheral Neuropathy

February 19, 2013 by  
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Neuropathy is the term used to describe a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system that is outside of the brain and spinal cord) are damaged. The condition is referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons. Neuropathy usually causes pain and numbness in the hands and feet. It can be the result of traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic disorders, and/or exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of neuropathy is diabetes. It is known as a Diabetes disease.

Neuropathy can affect nerves that control muscle movement (motor nerves) and those that detect sensations such as heat, cold or pain (sensory nerves). In some cases, a condition called autonomic neuropathy, can affect internal organs, such as the heart, blood vessels, bladder, or intestines.

Pain from peripheral neuropathy is often described as a tingling or burning sensation. There is no specific length of time that the pain exists, but symptoms often improve with time, especially if the neuropathy has an underlying condition that can be cured. The condition is often associated with poor nutrition, diseases, pressure or trauma. When then they can’t find the cause, it is referred to as  idiopathic neuropathy.

In the United States, about 20 million people suffer from neuropathy. Over half of diabetes patients also suffer from the condition.

How can you cure peripheral neuropathy? There are a variety of treatments available. They range from traditional pills and creams to special diets and therapies that stimulate the nervous system. You may find the book, How to End Chronic Peripheral Neuropathy and Diabetic Nerve Pain helpful. Their Self-Treatment Program Provides a Simple, PROVEN Solution. And Yes, It Is Guaranteed.

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If you prefer to go it alone,  some types of neuropathy topical applications of capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot) has been found to be very effective.

Other alternative therapies for peripheral neuropathy include cannabinoids (an class of chemicals found in marijuana), Botulinum Toxin Type A (better known as Botox), NMDA antagonists (such as ketamine), dietary supplements (such as alpha lipoic and benfotiamine), chiropractic massages, yoga, meditation, cognitive therapy, and accupuncture.

If you favor conventional drugs… In June 2012, researchers from the University of Michigan School of Nursing reported that Cymbalta (duloxetine), an antidepressant, can relieve the symptoms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.

Another class of medicines commonly prescribed for neuropathy is that of anticonvulsants. These medicines block calcium channels on neurons to limit pain. Opioid narcotic treatments for neuropathy are used as well to treat the condition, but are less favored because of the risk of dependency. However, opioids have been the most consistently effective in reducing pain.

Can neuropathy be managed or prevented? There are several ways to manage neuropathy and prevent many symptoms. Good foot health is important, especially for diabetics. Patients should check feet for blisters, cuts, or calluses and avoid tight fitting shoes and socks. Doctors can recommend an exercise plan that will reduce neuropathy pain and control blood sugar levels. If you smoke, Quit and eat healthy meals. Massaging the hands and feet may also help neuropathy management by stimulating nerves and temporarily relieving pain. Finally, try to avoid prolonged pressure on knees or elbows in order to prevent new nerve damage.

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