Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Because your Peripheral Nervous System is responsible for the transmitting of messages to the brain and spinal cord, any damage will interfere with your body’s ability to send and receive messages. Symptoms vary depending on which part of the nervous system is affected. There are three key types of Neuropathy:
1. Motor Nerve Damage: your Motor Nerves are responsible for voluntary movements like walking, grasping and talking. Damage to this area can result in muscle weakness, cramps, uncontrollable twitching, muscle atrophy and decreased reflexes.
2. Sensory Nerve Damage: these nerves transmit the feeling you experience from a cut or a light touch. Sensory Nerve damage causes a wide range of symptoms including decreased sensation of touch and loss of reflexes, fine motor or balance. It can also impact your ability to register pain or a change in temperature. Others might suffer from an increase in pain receptors where severe pain is felt from even the lightest touch. Over time sensory nerve damage can lead to joint and bone damage. Neuropathic pain can be debilitating and seriously impact your quality of life.
3. Autonomic Nerve Damage: these nerves control your organs and are responsible for core body functions such as breathing, digesting food and gland functions. Common symptoms of Autonomic Neuropathy include loss of ability to regulate heat and loss of sweat, loss of bladder control, decreased blood pressure resulting in dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting and irregular heart rate. Gastrointestinal symptoms can result in diarrhea, constipation, or incontinence. Many suffers will have issues with eating when autonomic nerves controlling these functions are affected.
Chronic cases of Peripheral Neuropathy can worsen over time. It’s important to seek treatment before it takes a hold. For more information call our Clinic on (02) 8607 5052 today and speak with one of our Clinicians.