Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs when the nerves in the peripheral nervous system become damaged. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness in the affected area. Motor skills can also be affected, resulting in slower reflexes and difficulty walking.
There are millions of Americans that suffer from some type of peripheral neuropathy. Estimates suggest that 25-30% of all Americans will be affected by some kind of peripheral neuropathy at some point in their lives.
This is why detecting signs of peripheral neuropathy in the early stages is crucial. The TM Flow System can be used in the evaluation of small fiber neuropathy that can lead to severe peripheral neuropathy. Early detection is the first step in halting the advancement of this serious condition.
Who is at Risk of Peripheral Neuropathy Complications?
People with diabetes are at a very high risk of developing peripheral neuropathy. Nearly 70% of diabetics are diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This leads to 54,000 diabetics undergoing an amputation each year.
In addition, certain cancers and tumors can result in peripheral neuropathy. Experiencing substantial levels of radiation from chemotherapy is also thought to play a hand in causing conditions to worsen.
Alcoholism, poor nutrition, and certain infections like AIDS and Lyme disease have also been linked to peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Since peripheral neuropathy affects different parts of the body, many symptoms can be associated with the term. Symptoms will vary depending on which type of nerves are damaged and their location in the body.
- Varying degrees of numbness and a tickling sensation. This is often felt in the hands and feet but can spread elsewhere.
- Experiencing different types of pain (throbbing, sharp, or burning pain)
- Motor skills have worsened
- Increased sensitivity. Things that weren’t a problem have become overstimulating.
- Digestive problems
- Extreme sensitivity to heat
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Peripheral Neuropathy Evaluation and Treatment
Clinical data suggest that sudomotor testing may be the most sensitive method for detecting peripheral small fiber neuropathy. (Low, et al.,2006).
Millions of Americans are impacted by some form of Peripheral Neuropathy, and millions more are at risk. We hope to help the lives of patients by spreading awareness. Early diagnosis is the key to slowing and hopefully stopping the process.