Did you know Peripheral Neuropathy also interferes with physical coordination and can trigger bladder, digestive, or bowel problems?
Peripheral neuropathy is damage that occurs to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord that leaves patients with symptoms such as numbness, tingling, sharp, stabbing, burning pains, and muscle weakness. Neuropathy can also affect the Autonomic Nervous System which can result in other symptoms such as heat intolerance, excessive sweating and changes in bowel, bladder and digestive problems. In order to be properly diagnosed with neuropathy, a complete and full neurological examination and nerve test needs to be performed.There are so many different risk factors for neuropathy, but the most common ones include diabetes, traumatic events, nutritional deficiencies, alcoholism, autoimmune diseases, infections, tumors, certain medications, etc.
The leading Pittsburgh Neuropathy expert in this treatment, Dr. Larry Wilkins of Wilkins Spinal Care will evaluate your particular condition and recommend a treatment course specific to your needs. He uses state-of-the-art equipment to stimulate nerve health and incorporates nutrition and exercise to positively change blood chemistry.
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A: According to Dorland's Medical Dictionary, there are 57 causes for Neuropathy. With what we have learned about Neuropathy, there are a great deal more. And not only are there several different causes but also different types of nerves can be affected (see next question). You could have more than one generic cause, such as physical trauma, with a Diabetic Neuropathy or a Toxic Neuropathy with Ischemic Neuropathy. So you can see there's a pretty large number of different causes. The more you read about Neuropathy the more evident this becomes.
According to the research, there is no one age group or sex that is more susceptible. However, the literature did mention that Neuropathy symptoms are more likely to begin at age 50 or older.
A: We use these a great deal in our office to determine the different causes of Neuropathy and the different organs it may be affecting. When reviewing blood tests the KEY things we look for are A1C levels, anemia, heavy metals, statins, chemical exposure, food sensitivities, diabetes (what type), cholesterol levels, thyroid function, and markers of inflammation. These are but a few of the different things we look for in a blood test.
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