Frequently Asked Questions
Neuropathy is characterized by nerve injury or dysfunction, which causes various symptoms and problems, such as pain, numbness, and tingling sensations in one or more body regions.
The symptoms of Neuropathy can change based on the nerves affected and may include:
- Numbness in the affected part
- Pain that gets worse at night
- Sharp or burning pain
- Tingling sensation or pins and needles
- Muscle weakness
- Paralysis of muscles
- Balancing problems
Any of the following can cause Neuropathy:
- Diabetes – may cause Diabetic Neuropathy, a typical form induced by high blood sugar levels causing nerve damage.
- Trauma or injury – Physical injury, road traffic accidents, or excessive use of a body part can hurt the nerves.
- Infections – Certain infections like Lyme, shingles, or HIV/AIDS can lead to Neuropathy.
- Autoimmune conditions – like lupus, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or rheumatoid arthritis can trigger Neuropathy.
- Tumors – Growths, cancerous and noncancerous, can develop and press on nerves causing Neuropathy.
While it may not always be possible to prevent Neuropathy, specific measures can reduce the risk or delay its onset:
- Managing underlying conditions – Proper management of diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and other conditions can help prevent or minimize Neuropathy.
- Eating a well-balanced diet – with all the key nutrients, particularly vitamin B, can benefit nerve function.
- Avoiding toxins – Taking precautions to minimize exposure to toxins or chemicals can help prevent nerve damage.
- Staying active – Regular exercise and physical activities can improve circulation and overall nerve health.