Peripheral neuropathy is a condition of human body in which the nerves of the body that carry the message from or to the brain as well as the spinal cord gets damaged or diseased.1
Coming out of the spinal cord, peripheral nerves spread towards the organs and connect those with the brain. Thus the peripheral nerves carry the signals of different feelings to the brain.
When the nerve of a body part gets damaged or affected, it can’t send the signal of feelings to the brain. As a result, that particular body part feels numb as your brain can’t get the sensation. It also results in unwanted muscle movement, even pain.
What are the Reasons behind Peripheral Neuropathy?
According to MedicineNet 2 , There is no single reason behind this disease. The most common reason for this condition is diabetes. Besides diabetes, the Post Herpetic Neuralgia (caused by Herpes Zoster virus) is another common reason behind it.
There are some more reasons that are also responsible for this damaged nerve condition.
- Uncontrolled consumption of alcohol is another common reason.
- Insufficient supply of vitamins, especially B12 and folate.
- AIDS and Syphilis. Even the treatment of AIDS is a reason.
- Kidney Failure.
- Autoimmune diseases where the immune system attacks the body as a mistake.
- When the body is exposed to toxins like heavy metal, arsenic, gold and other metal toxins.
- Sometimes some drugs used in cancer therapy also cause peripheral neuropathy.
There are a few rare reasons. In many cases, the exact reason can’t be found.
How can I Get Rid of Peripheral Neuropathy?
To get rid of this condition, you’ll have to visit the doctor. Healthline3 says that there are few options that doctors might follow to help you.
1. Medications: A few OTC pain medications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can help you while fighting moderate pain. However, taking these randomly for a long time may affect your body severely later.
Many other prescription medications also help you in this case.
2. Medical treatments: Some medical treatments like Plasmapheresis, TENS, splints etc. can help you to avoid pain.
People like TENS because it is drug-free. But it doesn’t work for all. Again, splints can work only if the affected area is arm, hand, leg or feet.
3. Self-care: Besides medication, the doctor can suggest some activities like moderate exercise, yoga, massage, acupuncture, meditation etc. These activities work great to get relief from peripheral neurology. Also, you’ll have to control smoking and alcohol intake.
How Bad can Peripheral Neuropathy Go?
If not treated at the right time, peripheral neuropathy can go to the worst situation. The simple tingling of the muscles can turn into burning pain that you can’t take. Again, the numbness can take a serious turn and end up in paralysis.
So, if you think going to the doctor with the problem of numbness or muscle pain is a waste of money and time, you are wrong. If it is a regular thing, don’t forget to visit a doctor.