Many people wonder whether or not neuropathy is a curable condition. To answer this question, yes it is curable, but this comes with active treatment once a patient is diagnosed with neuropathy. Neuropathy affects more than 20 million Americans each year, and despite these statistics, many people are hesitant to seek treatment.
What are the Causes of Neuropathy?
Neuropathy can be caused by several underlying conditions, such as diabetes. Diabetes is one of the leading underlying conditions that leads to this condition. Other than diabetes, there are several other causes of this painful condition, such as trauma, autoimmune infections and disorders, kidney and liver disorders, vascular disorders, exposure to toxic substances, and many more.
What are the Symptoms?
Because Neuropathy is a condition that can be anywhere in the body, it can be difficult to diagnose. Also, there are a range of symptoms that stem from neuropathy, but the most common include tingling or the sensation of pins and needles in the hands and feet, sharp, burning and stabbing pains in the extremities, and a change in sensation. Neuropathy is a condition in which nerves are damages, which leads to the pains and numbness in extremities, but there are many other symptoms. These other symptoms include:
- Loss of coordination
- Muscle Weakness
- Muscle Twitching
- Low blood pressure
- Sexual function issues
- Unintentional weight loss
How Can Neuropathy be Cured?
Neuropathy is a condition that becomes worse over time if left untreated, so if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it is crucial that you seek medical treatment to prevent your symptoms from becoming worse. Seeking treatment early for your symptoms is the best way to allow neuropathy to be cured and reversed. The longer you go without receiving treatment, the more likely it is that your neuropathy cannot be reversed. There are 5 major stages of neuropathy, and these are:
- Numbness and Pain
- Regular and Persistent Symptoms
- Debilitating Pain
- Constant Numbness
- Complete Loss of Feeling
Experts and doctors say that once someone enters into the second or third stage of neuropathy, it is likely that there will be some permanent nerve damage that cannot be reversed. When it comes to curing, or reversing neuropathy, there are several treatments that are best determined by your doctor.
The first step in determining the kind of treatment that is right for you, is to determine the underlying cause of your neuropathy. Another factor that influences the kind of treatment you receive also depends on the stage of neuropathy that you are in. Once this is done, there are several options your doctor may recommend. Some of these treatments include:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Nutrition changes
- Nerve stimulation
- And more
This condition can be both prevented and reversed, and there are several precautions that you can take to reduce your risk of developing severe neuropathy. Make sure that you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Ensure that you have a healthy diet, and healthy lifestyle habits, such as exercising regularly and taking care of your body. If you happen to have diabetes, make sure that you are controlling this condition as it is the leading underlying cause of neuropathy. Most importantly, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms that are listed above, seek medical attention from your doctor to receive a diagnosis. Listen to your body, and seek treatment if you are concerned about your health and the symptoms you may be experiencing. The most effective way to prevent and cure this condition is to receive a diagnosis and treatment as soon as you can.
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