Monday, 14 March 2016

Burning And Tingling Not The Only Symptoms Of Neuropathy

Today's post from (see link below) is a correction of the common misconception that pain, numbness and tingling in the feet are the only symptoms of neuropathy and nerve damage. They're not and as the article points out, if motor nerves are damaged, then a whole raft of other symptoms can be the result. It is true that the commonest symptoms of neuropathy are to be found in the feet but there are over 100 forms of neuropathy with also more than 100 different possible causes. It's possible you may feel some symptoms but not others and/or a combination of all of them. It's a disease you can't fit neatly into fixed rules and regulations and this article is quite right in pointing that out.

Neuropathy And Loss Of Muscle Control Symptoms
March 5, 2016 by admin

Have you noticed your muscles acting a little strange since developing neuropathy? Perhaps they affect your ability to walk? Or maybe you find it difficult to use your fingers to pick something up? While we normally associated peripheral neuropathy with symptoms like pain, numbness and tingling – there are other symptoms as well.

It is a known fact that the peripheral nervous system is made up of three different kinds of nerves: motor, sensory and autonomic. In addition, each type of nerve controls different functions. Motor nerves send signals from the brain and spinal cord to your muscles – controlling motor functions like walking, dexterity and more. Sensory nerves do the opposite – relaying signals like temperature, pain, etc. from the muscles back to the brain and spinal cord. Finally, the autonomic nerves control involuntary or semi-voluntary functions like heart rate, digestion, blood pressure and more.

Peripheral neuropathy can affect some or all of these nerves. The symptoms you experience will depend entirely upon the type of nerve(s) that have been damaged as a result of your neuropathy. If your sensory nerves have been damaged you will experience symptoms such as pain, numbness, tingling or burning. Damage to the autonomic nerves can lead to problems with dizziness, sweating (either too much or too little), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, difficulty urinating and more.

If your motor nerves fall victim to nerve damage – various motor functions can be affected. Let us take a look at five possible symptoms you might experience if your neuropathy has damaged your motor nerves:
Loss of balance and difficulty walking – Damage to the motor nerves can make walking difficulty.

Loss of Dexterity – A few common difficulties associated with loss of dexterity are inability to grip objects, loss of hand strength, difficulty writing or typing, difficulty performing tasks that require small movements, decreased reflexes and more.

Muscle Weakness & Deterioration – For many, decrease in physical activity results in muscle deterioration and weakness. As the muscles deteriorate, you lose muscle mass and tone.
Cramps & Spasms – Generally, the cramping strikes at night and can range in severity from mild to extremely painful.

Loss of Muscle Control – Generally, you will have loss of reflexes, inability to move hands or feet quickly, difficulty with fine motor tasks (i.e. buttoning a shirt, writing, etc) and more.

Just remember, while the most common symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy are pain, numbness, burning or tingling in the hands or feet – they are not the only symptoms.

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