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What to know about peripheral neuropathy?

Our nervous system uses nerves and ganglions that are in the periphery of our body to receive and send relevant information through these pathways. When these are affected we could be in front of a medical condition, which for many is a complication of other preceding ones, called peripheral neuropathy.

The definition of neuropathy is the dysfunction of any of the nerves of the peripheral nervous system that can be due to multiple causes and that also presents diverse manifestations, which can be a diagnostic challenge.

Among the causes that could lead to this condition are diabetes, celiac or gluten intolerance, herpes zoster infection, HIV, or hepatitis C, autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and as an effect of chemotherapy, trauma, circulation problems in the lower limbs, alcoholism, low levels of B vitamins, among many others.

Although neuropathy is often accompanied by the clinical presentation of origin, its symptoms usually are:

  • Paresthesia or altered sensitivity.
  • Abnormal perception of pain.
  • Burning pain or as electric punctures.
  • Neuralgia or pain without motor alteration.
  • Numbness.
  • Muscular alterations.
  • Muscle spasms or cramps.
  • Alteration in sphincter control.
  • Erection problems in men and vaginal dryness in women.
  • Sweating alterations.

As for the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy, it should be attended by a health professional who has experience in the matter. Apart from the anamnesis and physical examination, the doctor may order some paraclinical tests to learn more about the condition and the state of the peripheral nervous system. This will provide enough information to choose the best possible treatment.

By scheduling an appointment over at Space City Pain Specialists, we can make you return to your daily activities in the shortest possible time thanks to the help of experts such as Dr. Jeffery Cannella and the application of preventative and regenerative care techniques, providing you all the tools that your body needs to heal and be capable of face everything in its way.

For more information, contact us at 281-338-4443 or schedule an appointment at https://spacecitypain.com/contact-us/ and you will receive the proper attention your case requires. Our team of experts located in the city of Webster will be available during working hours to answer all your inquiries and support you in your path to wellness.

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