Avoid the Vicious Cycle
One of the many reasons why Neuropathy can become so severe in some patients is because of the vicious cycle of Neuropathy.
For instance, those affected by this progressive nerve disease may have restricted mobility due to the onset or a flare up of nerve deterioration. Their muscles cramp and frequently experience weakness – leaving them immobile. In the same swoop, immobility is a main cause of nerve damage itself. When your blood flow slows due to inactivity, it can cause your existing symptoms to worsen. This is why it is so important to seek help when you first start to experience symptoms, as those annoying twitches and aches can eventually lead to full paralysis or numbness.
Symptoms to Look Out For:
- Shooting Pain
- Numbness (this is a big one, seek help immediately if you have this symptom)
- Sharp Pain
- Feeling “ants crawling” on skin
- Tenderness in fingers
- Cramping in feet and legs
Muscle cramping is a particular feeling and symptom to look out for. However, there are other sensations to keep a close watch for. Paresthesia (pins and needles) and numbness, as well as aching pains can be indications of nerve damage progressing. Someone who is in the advanced stages of neuropathy will usually experience numbness but they frequently feel a searing, burning pain. Some patients also develop surface numbness, which means they may not notice if the affected area is cut or otherwise injured.
Interestingly enough, it is also common for people with Peripheral Neuropathy to find it difficult to sweat properly, which is believed to be related to improper blood sugar level. When people cannot sweat, they no longer tolerate heat properly either. This intensifies the sensitivity that most people with Neuropathy will have. If you are finding it difficult to register the heat or coldness of a bath, you may be experiencing surface damage to the nerves.
Regardless of what symptom stage you may be in, it is extremely important to seek help as soon as possible. That is why my office has always and will always offer a free Neuropathy evaluation. That way, our patients have nothing standing in the way of seeking relief – only their willingness to show up and get the evaluation that they need. That being said, what is your next move?