Peripheral neuropathy is the medical term used for damage to the nervous system; most notably, the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and the rest of the body. Patients with this condition often experience pain in addition to a number of serious symptoms that have the potential to affect their day-to-day life. At Valley Physical Medicine, our healthcare team is dedicated to diagnosing this painful condition as well as providing effective treatments to eliminate the associated symptoms.
Peripheral neuropathy has a number of causes, including alcoholism, exposure to toxins, cancer-fighting medication, illnesses and injuries. However, 30% of peripheral neuropathy cases are a direct result of diabetes. For those with diabetes, the toxic effects of high-blood sugar can cause damage to the nerves, resulting in this condition.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy often affect the extremities—that is, the hands, arms, feet, and legs—and may include:
- muscle weakness
- burning sensations
- freezing pain
- sharp pain
- extreme sensitivity
Many people experience other problems as a result of these symptoms. For example, some people suffer from insomnia because the pain makes it difficult to fully relax.
If peripheral neuropathy pain is affecting your life, please come to Valley Physical Medicine for treatment. To set up a time for your free consultation, call (910) 354-2166 today.