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AdvaCare Clinics: Neuropathy Symptom Relief

Neuropathy (also known as peripheral neuropathy, sensory peripheral neuropathy, or peripheral neuritis) is a painful condition that usually results from major or irreversible damage to the nerves. Download our printable Neuropathy Symptom Relief Information Sheet.

The peripheral nerves — motor, sensory and autonomic — connect your muscles, skin and internal organs to the spinal cord and brain. The smallest nerves are affected the most.  So the tips of the fingers and toes are first and usually the worse. When it affects the arms, hands, legs and feet it is known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Many people whose feet are affected by diabetic neuropathy are also dealing with circulatory/microvascular problems. Their ability to heal from otherwise minor cuts and scrapes is often seriously impaired, leading to a history of ulceration or even a partial amputation. This can seriously interfere with a diabetic’s self-care, especially care of the feet. Circulatory problems from diabetes can lead to dry skin on the feet with the risk of ulcers and lesions. Lacking normal pain reflexes, the diabetic with neuropathy may not be aware his or her feet are in trouble. Even stepping on a tack may be pain free.

Individual symptoms are as varied as individuals, but the most common complaint in the early stages is pain, and pain control becomes the single biggest challenge in dealing with established neuropathy. Once neuropathic pain is well established, it tends to become more difficult to successfully manage and more aggressive treatments may be required.

Because of the complex nature of neuropathic pain, no one therapy is completely successful. A multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to managing the pain is often useful.

To learn more about treatment options, contact AdvaCare Clinic today at 952-835-6653!

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