Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy
Essentially, peripheral neuropathy is peripheral nerve damage as a result of underlying conditions. However, peripheral neuropathy is one of the most enigmatic conditions because there are dozens of causes and symptoms that also range from mild to severe. It is crucial that patients experiencing peripheral neuropathy understand the signs and what they can do to alleviate their symptoms.
Symptoms from Most to Least Common
- Pain in the Extremities (hands and feet)
- Burning Sensations
- Loss of Feeling
- Trouble Sleeping
- Loss of Balance
- Difficulty Standing from a Low-Seated Position
Regardless of the cause of a patient’s peripheral neuropathy, there are several treatments to address its frustrating symptoms and complications. In the case of diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the cause is due to insulin imbalances and resulting blood sugar levels, in a complex interaction that is beyond the scope of this writing. While patients work to control their diabetes and related symptoms, patients may also wonder what steps they can take in managing the complications associated with peripheral neuropathy.
Some patients may also choose to undergo expensive surgery to address the pain. Other, more simple solutions include the use of pain-relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen or soaking the affected areas in cold water for a short period of time. However, solutions for peripheral neuropathy may be both simple and lasting.
Treatment sessions with electroanalgesia offered through Neuragenex often result in immediate and long-lasting solutions to the conditions of peripheral neuropathy. Patients express relief from the pain but also the peace of mind that they do not need to rely on potentially addictive medications that have less than desirable side-effects, or the stress and fear of surgeries and invasive implanted medical devices.