Top 5 Signs of Neuropathy in 2021
We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 signs and symptoms of neuropathy for 2021. The top five signs and symptoms of neuropathy might surprise you. Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can sometimes be vague. We’ve had thousands of patients through our doors over the years and we have heard the same themes over and over again. The people who are in pain with neuropathy are typically a lot more specific than simply, “feeling numb”. They’ve had specific descriptions to identify the symptoms they are feeling. Sometimes they are misdiagnosed and don’t even know they have peripheral neuropathy. Other professionals have told them their symptoms are related to something else entirely and they have gone down a path of mismanaged pain and irrelevant treatments. They finally find their way to Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas and we focus on a whole-person approach to identifying and treating symptoms.
Neuropathy is the result of nerves deteriorating. Numbness, tingling, burning, sharp pain sometimes occur as a result. These symptoms represent different nerve fibers being affected from the nerves dying. It is very serious when the nerve is dead. It is hard to get a nerve to come back to life. When it comes to pain less than 10% of your nervous system actually detects pain. Most of it is for functionality or safety. You have a nerve to feel something hot, you have a nerve to detect cold, and you have a nerve for sharp pain. All of these belong to different nerve fibers. Depending on which nerve fiber is affected will determine your symptoms. These create the symptoms to the underlying cause or condition.
Top 5 signs and symptoms of neuropathy for 2021:
- It feels like your feet (and hands) are falling asleep
We hear it described from patients that they constantly feel like their feet (and maybe the hands) are falling asleep. It feels like tiny little jabbing sensations happening at once.
- You have underlying health conditions.
If you have any of the following health conditions: previous chemotherapy treatments, chronic hypertension, diabetes, blood clots, surgical intervention on your lower back or overall poor diet. These underlying health conditions increase the prevalence of neuropathy. If you have any of those risk factors and you experience those types of symptoms then you likely are experiencing neuropathy.
- You do not have any hair on your legs.
Many people who have neuropathy will not have any hair from your shin down to your feet. This is a sign that the capillaries are not working like they’re supposed to. There is a good chance you’re not getting enough blood flow through the micro vessels to feed the nerve so as a result it gets number and changes colors. As a result, hair will not grow.
- Your balance is irregular.
Are you finding it difficult to maintain your balance while walking and standing? Often times, neuropathy can attribute to balance disorders. The numbness and tingling in your feet can make it difficult to stand and walk.
- Sharp shooting pains in your hands and feet.
Often times this shoot pain will persist all day and all night. It can be difficult to find a comfortable position or a modification in positioning that alleviates the pain. It is the kind of shooting pain that lingers no matter what.
At Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas, neuropathy treatment is handled using non-invasive therapies. We embrace an integrated approach to wellness, believing in treating patients as whole people, not just a collection of symptoms. Striving to provide solutions that are drug-free and non-invasive, we utilize treatments like physical rehabilitation, laser therapy, dietary modification, and chiropractic care. At Neuropathy and Pain Centers of Texas in Arlington and Fort Worth, symptoms of neuropathy are not our only focus. In all our treatment plans, we work to actually correct the underlying cause. Prescribing medicine is not our first approach. We strive to first use physical medicine in combination with advanced medical treatments to deliver the very best results, while helping patients live their healthiest lives. Neuropathy treatment may involve physical therapy, chiropractic care, dietary changes and advanced stimulators, depending on your particular situation.