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What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy refers to the conditions that result when nerves that connect to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.

These nerves of the peripheral nervous system have 3 main parts so to speak, they are:

  • Cell body-Also known as the Soma-It is the largest part of the cell and is the control center of that nerve. It is where the genetic material (DNA) is located.
  • Dendrites-These are slender branch like extensions of a nerve cell that conducts impulses from adjacent cells inward toward the Cell Body.
  • Axon-This is the thick branch of the nerve cell, it is connected to the Cell Body and carries the impulses or electrical signals away from the body to other structures for communication. This is the part of the nerve cell most often damaged in Peripheral Neuropathy.

normal Neuron

(Drawing of a Normal Nerve)

“Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, the vast communications network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord (the central nervous system) to every other part of the body. Peripheral nerves also send sensory information back to the brain and spinal cord, such as a message that the feet are cold or a finger is burned. Damage to the peripheral nervous system interferes with these vital connections. Like static on a telephone line, peripheral neuropathy distorts and sometimes interrupts messages between the brain and the rest of the body.

What Are Some Of The Symptoms Of Peripheral Neuropathy?

Symptoms usually begin long before the person afflicted ever realizes that they have a problem. The brain inhibits our ability to perceive these first symptoms.
Most commonly, peripheral neuropathy starts in the longest nerves, the ones that reach to your toes. Symptoms vary, depending on which types of nerves are affected.

Signs and symptoms may include:

  1. Loss of reflexes.
  2. Loss of strength
  3. Loss of sensations, numb hands and feet

However, as time passes and the damage accumulates the symptoms become much more pronounced and the brain must allow for the warning signs to be acknowledged.

Do you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness spreads upward into the numb arms and numb legs.
  • Tingling hands tingling feet feelings.
  • Burning hand, burning feet sensations.
  • Electric shock hands pain and electric shock feet pain.
  • Shooting hand pain and shooting feet pain and/or Stabbing like hand pains and stabbing like feet pain.
  • Inability to achieve or sustain erections.
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected.

If you do you need to call 746-4242 to start on the road to your recovery and improved quality of life!!

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