Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Peripheral Neuropathy~ Do you suffer?


I know that many that suffer from Porphyria and other diseases also suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy.  Learning about what it is how it affects us and what can we do to control our pain.  This information has been provided by the Pain Management Clinic at the Mayo Clinic.
Definition
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Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes numbness and pain in your hands and feet. People typically describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.
In many cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time — especially if the condition is caused by an underlying condition that can be treated. A number of medications often are used to reduce the painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Definition
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Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes numbness and pain in your hands and feet. People typically describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.
In many cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time — especially if the condition is caused by an underlying condition that can be treated. A number of medications often are used to reduce the painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Symptoms
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The nerves of your peripheral nervous system send information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to all other parts of your body and back again. Nerves that may be affected by peripheral neuropathy include:
·         Sensory nerves that receive sensations such as heat, pain or touch
·         Motor nerves that control how your muscles move
·         Autonomic nerves that control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder function
Most commonly, peripheral neuropathy starts in the longest nerves — the ones that reach to your toes. Symptoms vary, depending on which types of nerves are affected. Signs and symptoms may include:
·         Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms
·         Burning pain
·         Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
·         Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
·         Lack of coordination
·         Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
·         Bowel or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected
Peripheral neuropathy may affect one nerve (mononeuropathy), two or more nerves in different areas (multiple mononeuropathy) or many nerves (polyneuropathy).
When to see a doctor
Seek medical care right away if you notice any unusual tingling, weakness or pain in your hands or feet. Early diagnosis and treatment offers the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves. If your symptoms interfere with your sleep or you feel depressed, your doctor or pain specialist may be able to suggest treatments that can help.  Please have your Doctor check with the APF safe/unsafe list for any Drug interactions.  You can click on this link: http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/testing-and-treatment/drug-safety-in-acute-porphyria

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