A patient will go to their doctor with certain
symptoms. These can include numbness, tingling, and
pain, unsteadiness when standing or walking and muscle
weakness other symptoms may be feelings of faintness
when standing. They may be vague or strange sensations
(paresthesia), inability to feel pain, touch or
temperature. Some other symptoms can be lack of
coordination, loss of reflexes, muscle weakness, loss
of muscle control, muscle twitching, cramping or
spasms, difficulty walking or moving limbs.
are even symptoms related to the autonomic nervous
system such as dizziness, fainting, sweating
abnormalities, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal
heart rate or blood pressure and sexual dysfunction.
doctor does a series of tests and the diagnosis is
neuropathy. Sensory neuropathy is the pain, numbness,
and tingling resulting from damaged sensory nerves.
The unsteadiness and muscle weakness means a motor
nerve has been damaged Ė in other words, the nerves
which relay the orders from the brain to the muscle to
get them to move isnít working well.
doctor will next look to see what caused this problem,
as in order to help the patient, whatever caused it
needs to be identified and brought under control. For
example, in a diabetic, it is the blood sugar that
causes the damage and thus the blood sugar needs to be
normalized. Sometimes the neuropathy was caused by
trauma Ė a car accident, sports injury or even
surgery. Nothing more needs to be done as the trauma
is over. Of course, someone who continues to have
injuries might make the neuropathy worse.
no known reason?
the peripheral neuropathy seems to happen for no
call this disorder "idiopathic", which means
"of unknown cause." Typically, idiopathic
peripheral neuropathy occurs in people over 60 years
old, but not necessarily. It may progress slowly, or
may not progress at all, after the initial onset.
all neuropathies, it can be very disruptive to
someone's normal life and lifestyle.
make sense that there is no cause for this problem.
Nerves just donít get damaged on their own. As with
any medical condition or disease, there is always a
are told you have idiopathic neuropathy, you should
continue to look for a cause. A specialist might be
able to track down the cause, or a nutritionist might
be able to find what deficiencies are causing the
nerves to deteriorate
a list of causes that we have found and compiled in
hopes that you can figure out what is causing the
problem and eliminate the cause to improve your
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