The peripheral nervous system is one of the two main divisions of the body's nervous system. (The other is the Central Nervous System, which includes the brain and spinal cord.) "Peripheral" means away from the center, this system contains the nerves that connect the Central Nervous System to the muscles, skin and internal organs.
Some neuropathies come on suddenly, others gradually over many years. The symptoms depend on the types of nerves affected and their location, but the problem usually starts with weakness, numbness or pain. Here are some of the telltale sighs people describe. Many of these symptoms are worse at night, making sleep difficult. Over time, the horrible combination of sleep deprivation and chronic pain can lead to many other debilitating conditions such as anxiety, depression and suppression of the immune system. Left untreated, neuropathy can greatly decrease the quality of life for its sufferers and their families.
Weakness in the Arms or Legs
Usually caused by damage to the motor nerves, leg symptoms include difficulty walking or running, a heaviness, it takes most of your strength just to climb the stairs, and a stumbling or tiring easily. Muscle cramps are common.
Numbness, Tingling, & Pain
The sensory nerves, when damaged can cause many different symptoms. Early on, you may have spontaneous sensations, called paresthesias, which include numbness, tingling, pins and needles, prickling, burning, cold pinching, sharp, deep stab, electric shocks, or buzzing. They are usually worse at night, often painful and severe. Unpleasant abnormal sensations brought on by touching or other stimuli are called dysethesias. Or instead, you may have anesthesia, a lessoning or absence of sensation, which can cause you to burn or cut yourself and not know it.
Absence of Position Sense
When you have this symptom, you-re probably not sure just where your feet are and may thus be uncoordinated and unsteady when you walk. Or you may realize that the way you walk has changed, but not sure exactly how or why. Chances are, you have widened your gait in an unconscious effort to keep your balance, or you tend to drag your feet.
"Glove & Stocking Feeling"
This is what doctors call the odd feeling you may have that you-re wearing stockings or gloves or slippers when, in fact, your hands and feet are completely bare.
Autonomic Nerve Damage
Damage to the autonomic nerves can cause dizziness when standing up, constipation, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, thinning of the skin, with easy bruisability and poor healing.
While treatment of the underlying disease involves other specialties who treat cancer, kidney disease and Diabetes, Doctors Levine, Brown and Lowery have been very successful i treating the symptoms of these painful neuropathies.Our Treatments include: