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May 31, 2012

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is not a simple disorder. It affects many people who aren’t even aware that that is what they are suffering from.

For those who suffer with neuropathy, we don’t have to tell you how painful and debilitating it can be, and how greatly it can change your life, you become a slave to its pain and symptoms.

Located outside of the spinal cord or brain, the part our body’s nervous system that affects the muscle control of such things as our arms, legs, feet or hands is called the “peripheral nervous system”. This system signals our sensory nerves that indicate pain, heat and cold and can also affect our internal organs; the intestines, bladder and even the heart.

What causes Neuropathy?

Injury or damage to the peripheral nervous system is the leading cause of the development of neuropathy, such as:

  • Ranking at the top is Diabetes, which plays a major role in the onset of neuropathy
  • Lupus or Rheumatoid Arthritis and other autoimmune disorders
  • Toxin exposure
  • Alcoholics often experience neuropathy
  • Pressure on the nerves from tumors
  • Trauma to the nerves
    • Surgery
    • Repetitive types of pressure or activities to the nerves, many of which are work related such as typing
  • Dietary deficiencies, especially a lack of proper vitamins
  • Extreme injury
  • Problems with metabolism

What are the symptoms?

  • Burning in your hands and/or feet
  • Tingling (pins and needles) in your hands and/or feet
  • Sharp, shooting pains
  • Numbness in your hands and/or feet which often feels like you have lost all sensation.
  • Your legs and arms feel weak.
  • The intensity of the symptoms gets worse at night, causing many people to lose sleep.

For many people, these symptoms become totally unbearable, and degrade their quality of life to the point they just want to give up. It becomes hard or impossible to walk, to work or just lead a normal life.

If some of these are symptoms that you are experiencing, if you haven’t already, you should seek a diagnosis from a trained professional.

If you have already been diagnosed, contact us at the Kirkland Health Institute, where we are able to help you take your life back with successful treatment that addresses the symptoms and pain you are experiencing.


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