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If you break the term down in parts, you would find that it tells you a bit about what it exactly is. Peripheral actually means beyond, which is, in this case, beyond the brain and the spinal cord. Neuro can be termed as something that’s related to one’s nerves, while the pathy means a disease.
So simply put, peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves that send and receive messages from the brain and the spinal cord, as well as from and to the rest of the body are damaged.
Peripheral nerves are actually a network of nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to other parts of the body such as muscles, skin, and various internal organs. They are arranged in lines that are known as dermatomes. Usually, damage to even one of the nerves would result in problems related to one or more dermatomes. This, in turn, would interrupt the communication that needs to regularly take place between the brain and spinal cord with the other body parts.
Damaged nerves would eventually lead to various problems, including, but not limited to pain in body parts, preventing sensation in parts like arms and legs, muscle impairment, and so on.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Actually, there are a wide range of symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. However, as the condition can be of different types, the symptoms may differ for each of them.
Generally speaking, however, these are the overall symptoms of peripheral neuropathy:
- Tingling feeling in feet or hands
- Numbness, especially in feet or hands
- Feeling weakness in arms and legs
- Intense pain in various parts of the body
- Getting a feeling as if you are wearing a very tight cloth on your hands or feet
- Not able to hold things in your hand properly
- Lower blood pressure levels
- Problems related to digestion
- Excessive sweating
- And many more
However, one must also note that these symptoms can also be common with quite a few other conditions that may or may not be less worrisome than peripheral neuropathy. Hence, it’s obviously recommended to consult a doctor before coming to any conclusion.
Well, there seem to be many treatment options out there if you are dealing with peripheral neuropathy. However, most of the ones that involve resorting to using some type of drugs and other such medicines. Now though they may help you with the condition, they may also come with many side effects.
Hence, it would probably be a good idea to try out some natural methods first, as they too can be pretty effective, but thankfully, don’t come with any side effects.
It’s actually a treatment that involves using thin needles and inserting them into various parts of your body. Over a period of time, the symptoms may start fading away. However, it’s worth noting that it may take multiple sessions of acupuncture treatment before witnessing considerable change.
Also, you should always approach someone who is a certified practitioner. It ensures your safety as well as a genuinely effective treatment.
There are a few specific herbs out there that may help with this condition. However, if you are also on some medication currently, you first need to discuss with your doctor before using them as they interact with the medications and result in side effects.
This is actually a pretty well known natural treatment, especially in the European countries. However, though effective, it may result in problems related to your blood sugar levels. Hence, consulting your doctor before starting to use it is always recommended.
These may be especially effective for those who have undergone chemotherapy as well as those dealing with diabetes. However, they may also come with some side effects, such as vomiting and nausea.