This is a condition caused by damage of the nerves that travel from the brain and the spinal cord, the central nervous system (CNS) to other parts of the body, which constitute the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS sends many different kind of sensory messages to the CNS, it is involved in the control of the digestion, heart, blood vessels, muscles, urination, amongst others. The leading cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, however, it can also be caused by injury, kidney condition or even hormone imbalance.
What are the symptoms of PN?
Symptoms of neuropathy will vary depending on the nerves affected. Common symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Burning, throbbing, stabbing, sharp pain
- Falling, loss of balance
- Tingling or numbness, mostly on the hands and feet
- Muscle weakness, hard to walk or move around
- Muscle twitching, cramps or spasms
- Changes in sensation, severe pain, specially at night. Unable to feel pain, pressure, touch or temperature changes.
- low blood pressure
- Problems with bladder, digestion, and bowels
- Sexual disfunction