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When To Contact Your Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist: 3 Verified Warning Signs & Symptoms 

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How visiting our peripheral neuropathy specialist can help improve your life quality and help deal with signs and symptoms? Here’s your detailed guide!

Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that affects the nerves of the peripheral nervous system (i.e., nerves outside the brain and spinal cord). There are many different causes of peripheral neuropathy and over 100 specific types, each with its own set of symptoms.

As a result, peripheral neuropathy is frequently hard to conclusively diagnose and treat. Patients who suspect they have a problem should immediately see a peripheral neuropathy specialist for the best care. Here are some general warning signs and symptoms:

1. Pain

Tingling, burning, numbness, and loss of sensation (often in the hands and feet) are some of the first signs of nerve damage and occur due to inadequate blood flow to the nerve itself. With little or no access to the oxygen and nutrients usually carried in the blood, nerves deteriorate and go “haywire.”

They become unable to properly send or receive signals from the brain, which can result in painful sensations. A peripheral neuropathy specialist can help you determine if your pain is nerve-related.

2. Muscle Problems

Problems with peripheral nerves can also make it hard for muscles to function normally. In a healthy body, nerves send messages that cause muscles to contract. If there’s a problem with the nerve, muscles aren’t correctly connected to the rest of the musculoskeletal system and, thus, cannot activate precise voluntary movement.

Loss of balance and coordination, muscle weakness, twitching, and cramps can all sometimes indicate a problem in the peripheral nervous system and warrant a visit with a peripheral neuropathy specialist.

Seeing a peripheral neuropathy specialist as soon as any muscle issues develop can help patients avoid further, longer-lasting nerve damage, such as partial or whole-body paralysis!

3. Other Bodily Issues

There are many types of nerves, and damage can occur to any of them, resulting in various symptoms other than sensory and motor problems. If the injury occurs to nerves within the autonomic nervous system, for example, patients could experience;

  • Excessive sweating,
  • Sudden drops in blood pressure,
  • Fainting,
  • Heart palpitations,
  • Blurred vision,
  • Sleep disturbances,
  • Digestive issues,
  • Sexual difficulties,
  • Incontinence, and more.

Seeing a peripheral neuropathy specialist is often the only way for patients to diagnose the cause of their symptoms properly.

How A Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist Can Help?

When you’re living with peripheral neuropathy, it can feel like you’re navigating a path with quite a few stumbling blocks. The sensations of numbness, tingling, or even pain in your hands or feet may seem like persistent, uninvited guests. This is where a peripheral neuropathy specialist, comes in, offering not just a listening ear, but also a guiding hand.

Think of your specialist as a trusted adventurer who’s well-equipped to travel alongside you on this journey. They start by listening closely to your experiences, validating your concerns, and really understanding the map of your symptoms.

Then, they’ll create a personalized treasure map for managing and easing your symptoms. This map might include various steps like medication to ease discomfort, therapies to manage pain, or exercises to maintain mobility and prevent further complications.

Your peripheral neuropathy specialist will take complex medical terms and simplify them, so you understand exactly what’s happening inside your body. They’ll teach you about the nerves that are at the heart of your symptoms and help you recognize the body’s signals, making you a skilled interpreter of your own experiences.

Want to Learn More?

An appointment with a peripheral neuropathy specialist is the best way for patients to diagnose and treat peripheral neuropathy. Wide its wide range of symptoms, peripheral neuropathy can be mistaken for many other disorders.

A peripheral neuropathy specialist can help patients definitely determine the cause of their systems and develop a plan for possible relief. Please contact our medical providers at Asuta Health to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and proper treatment of peripheral nerve damage.

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