What You Need to Know About Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Every nerve in the peripheral nervous system has a specific function, so peripheral neuropathy symptoms vary depending on the nerves affected. The nerves are classified into:
- Sensory nerves that receive sensations such as pain, touch and temperature
- Motor nerves that control movement
- Autonomic nerves that control blood pressure, heart rate, bladder and digestion
Common peripheral neuropathy symptoms include:
- Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, possibly the arms and legs
- Burning, jabbing or sharp pain
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Falling and lack of coordination
- Muscles weakness
- Excessive sweating
- Digestive issues such as constipation or diarrhea
- Sexual dysfunction, more common in males
Many treatments can bring relief from peripheral neuropathy symptoms such as over-the-counter pain medications, prescription medications, nerve blocks, electronic nerve stimulation, physical therapy and stretching. In some cases, determining an underlying condition may help alleviate the symptoms of this disorder.
Please contact OPTIMAL Pain & Regenerative Medicine® if you are experiencing peripheral neuropathy symptoms or if you would like more information on peripheral neuropathy.