If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy as a result of
- HIV/AIDS or some other autoimmune disease
You probably have more questions than answers.
Neuropathy is probably the one symptom you never expected when you received your diagnosis.
To understand why you developed neuropathy, it helps to understand exactly what neuropathy is.
What Is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a condition caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system controls communication between your brain and your spinal cord and every other part of your body. When you pick up a hot pan and feel the pain of the burn, that’s the peripheral nervous system at work.
When the peripheral nervous system is damaged by whatever your other condition is, the communication super highway of the peripheral nervous system is disrupted. The signals from the brain and spinal cord don’t make it to whatever part of the body is affected by your neuropathy. It’s like going into a dead zone with your cell phone and not having any “bars”. Your nerves just don’t make the proper connection.
And neuropathy doesn’t just affect the hands and feet. It can affect your digestive system, your cardiovascular system, your reproductive system, even your brain.
What Causes Neuropathy?
Any number of things can cause your neuropathy. Here are a couple of common examples:
If you have diabetes and your blood glucose levels aren’t controlled and have been high for significant period of time, the blood vessels that carry oxygen to your nerves can be damaged. Sort of like a potted plant that doesn’t get enough sunlight or water. Your nerves will wither and cease to function, just like your sunlight deprived plant.
If you HIV/AIDS or some other autoimmune disease, your immune system begins to attack your body and that can include your nervous system. That causes damage to the peripheral nerves.
Any of the conditions we discussed earlier can cause neuropathy because they all can damage your nervous system. The damage and the part of the nervous system damaged can vary as much as the patients with neuropathy but any of these illnesses places you at a much higher risk than the average person for developing neuropathy.
What Happens Once Those Nerves Are Damaged?
If your nervous system is damaged you can experience
- Numbness in your arms, hands, legs and feet
- Inability to feel heat, cold or even pain in your arms, hands, legs and feet
- Burning or tingling or even the “pins and needles” feeling you get when your legs or arms “go to sleep”
- Changes in the shape of your feet caused by weakened muscles
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
If your neuropathy affects your autonomic nervous system, you can experience
- Digestive problems like nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea
- Erectile dysfunction
- Irregular heart beat
- Loss of bladder control
- Inability to regulate your blood pressure
Your NeuropathyDR® specialist has an exclusive treatment protocol with proven results for neuropathy patients. An integral part of that treatment protocol is nutrition counseling and diet planning. Your specialist will sit down with you and plan your meals to include the proper portions of each of these categories on a daily basis to make sure that your blood sugar remains as constant as possible.
Assess your current medical situation and take note of any of the symptoms we described. If you are experiencing any of these issues associated with neuropathy, contact your local NeuropathyDR® and take full advantage of their expertise in the treatment of neuropathies.
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