Friday, 16 August 2013

Three Lesser-Known Forms Of Neuropathy

Today's post from (see link below) looks at three lesser known forms of neuropathy but these forms that are commoner than you might think. We know that there are over 100 official variations of neuropathy and over 100 different possible causes. You may also have combinations of these and may suffer from peripheral neuropathy brought about by diabetes, or HIV, or medication alongside any of the autonomic, alcoholic and cranial forms described below. Very often the end result is the same and the symptoms are shared with other forms and other causes. This is what makes the disease so complex and so difficult to handle and treat. Your doctors may place great importance on what has caused your neuropathy but once you have got it, that's much less important than treating the symptoms as effectively as possible. The treatment of neuropathic symptoms is generally very similar whatever the cause and type you have, which is why you may be surprised to learn that someone with diabetes-, or HIV-, or alcoholic-, or trapped nerve-related neuropathy, is on the same course of medication as yourself.

Top 3 Neglected and Unpopular Forms of Neuropathy of 2013
July 10, 2013 by Wesley Milne 

A disorder of the nerves, neuropathy is one of the most widely prevalent nerve disorders and affects up to millions of people globally. Normally caused by severe damage to the nerves due to an incident or a trauma, neuropathy is a complex condition and brings along intense symptoms which makes it a huge challenge for medical experts to deal with.

When people talk about neuropathy, they most often relate to diabetic or peripheral neuropathy. After all, these forms of neuropathy are the ones that have the highest number of contractions. However, by emphasizing on these forms of neuropathy, what most of us tend to forget is the fact that there are other equally harmful forms of neuropathy as well. Although the other forms may not be as widely prevalent, they have the same consequences on the health of those who suffer from them. To make matters worse, the lack of information and awareness of other forms of neuropathies contribute to the difficulty in treatment too. Thus, for this reason, it is the need of the hour to shed some light on other forms of neuropathy as well. Hence, below is a brief outlook on the different forms of neuropathy, followed by the symptoms of the respective condition.

Autonomic Neuropathy
A form of neuropathy that hinders the functionality of the nerves and other important bodily organs such as the heart and liver, autonomic neuropathy refers to the damage done to the autonomic nerves in the body. As it serves to hamper every day bodily functions, autonomic neuropathy can be quite damaging. People who suffer from this form of neuropathy face a serious risk of the symptoms spreading out of hand. While the symptoms spread gradually over a period of several years, they usually include digestive problems, bowel movement problems, problems with urination and constipation, and difficulty in swallowing food.

Alcoholic Neuropathy
As the name suggests, alcoholic neuropathy is a form of neuropathy caused by drinking excess amounts of alcohol. Due to the zero nutritional value and high amount of calories it holds, alcohol is toxic to the nerves and people who consume too much alcohol are at a risk of experiencing pain and tingling sensations in the limbs. The onset of such symptoms is usually an indication of alcoholic neuropathy. Vitamins and minerals such as vitamin b12, vitamin b6, thiamine and folate are responsible for ensuring appropriate nerve functionality. However, drinking alcohol alters the levels of these vitamins and nutrients in the body. Fortunately though, alcoholic neuropathy is reversible and can be managed through abstaining from the intake of alcohol.

Cranial Neuropathy
Rather than affecting a particular nerve, cranial neuropathy affects 12 different nerves attached to the brain. These nerves are responsible for essential functions such as hearing, taste, and eyesight. Most often than not, the nerves controlling the eye muscles are negatively affected when an individual is diagnosed with cranial neuropathy. The symptoms of this condition include experiencing pain in one eye very close to the affected area followed by the paralysis of the ocular muscles.

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