What is Neuropathy?
Often medically referred to as “peripheral neuropathy,” the condition commonly affects those age 55 and over and refers to a nerve disorder that begins with tingling in the extremities. Discomfort generally starts in the longest nerves of your body; affecting the hands and feet first. There are over 100 types of neuropathy that can impair function and quality of life and Accredited Home Care would like to bring neuropathy awareness to help those suffering learn how to live life with less pain.
What Causes Neuropathy?
- Diabetes – Diabetic neuropathy is the most commonly known neuropathy; with approximately half of those who have diabetes suffering from diabetic neuropathy.
- Autoimmune Diseases – Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and other auto-immune diseases can cause neuropathy by triggering the body to attack its own nerve system.
- Alcoholism – Consumption of too much alcohol can be responsible for neuropathy.
- Medications – A few prescription medications can cause nerve pain; including certain chemotherapy drugs.
- Infection – Shingles, hepatitis C, Lyme disease, HIV, and other infections can cause peripheral neuropathy.
- Vitamin Deficiencies – B vitamins are essential to nerve health as is Niacin and vitamin E.
- Other Causes – Some other causes of neuropathy can include hypothyroidism, trauma that causes nerve damage or pinching, exposure to toxins, kidney disease, liver disease, tumors and bone marrow disorders can all cause neuropathy.
- Temporary numbness, tingling, prickling
- Sensitivity to touch
- Burning sensation
- Muscle weakness
- Impaired balance
- Chronic pain
Living with Neuropathy
There is currently no cure for neuropathy and treatment can vary according to the type of neuropathy you are experiencing. The majority of people suffer from polyneuropathy; meaning that neuropathy affects multiple damaged nerves all at the same time.
Below are some basic points to keep in mind to help you live with neuropathy:
- Quit Smoking
- Limit Alcohol Consumption
- Beware that excess intake of vitamin B6 can cause neuropathy
- Seek medical treatment if you feel any nerve pain or discomfort
- Healthy lifestyle may deter pain and discomfort; including a healthy diet and exercise
Research and Clinical Trials
There are a number of clinical trials that you may be able to participate in that can help with further studies in successfully treating neuropathy. Continue to visit the above clinical trials link to see if a new opportunities present themselves.
Accredited Home Care Can Help with Neuropathy Awareness
Living with neuropathy isn’t easy and life can become filled with chronic pain. Professional caregiving can provide quality of life for those who suffer from that pain and discomfort of neuropathy. Our professionals can offer services specific to your needs; services such as:
- Providing Meals
- Help with mobility
- Provide light housekeeping in order to avoid pain from daily cleaning
- Offer personal care assistance to ensure safe bathing and dressing
We offer exceptional quality care for those who suffer from neuropathy pain. Let us help you live a life of less pain as we create neuropathy awareness to bring facts and information to the forefront.
Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy, American Academy of Neurology – AANI Brochure
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