Did you know? Neuropathy affects approximately 20 million people in the United States.
What is neuropathy? First, let's look at how nerves work together in the body.
There are different nerves that work together in the body:
- Peripheral nerves: run from your spinal cord to your arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Cranial nerves: run from your brain to your eyes, mouth, and ears.
- Central nerves: are located in your brain and spinal cord.
- Autonomic nerves: go from your spinal cord to your lungs, heart, stomach, and intestines.
Types of Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy: a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, or exposure to toxins.
Did you know? One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes.
Cranial neuropathy: occurs when any of the twelve cranial nerves (nerves that exit the brain) are damaged. Two specific types of cranial neuropathy are optic neuropathy and auditory neuropathy.
- Optic neuropathy refers to damage or disease of the optic nerve that transmits visual signals from the retina of the eye to the brain. Learn more about how your eyes work here
- Auditory neuropathy involves the nerve that carries signals from the inner ear to the brain and is responsible for hearing.
Autonomic neuropathy: is damage to the nerves of the involuntary nervous system. These nerves control the heart, digestion, and bowel function.
Mononeuropathy: is usually the result of damage to a single nerve or nerve group by trauma, injury, or inflammation. An example of this is carpal tunnel. Learn more about carpal tunnel here
Symptoms of Neuropathy
- Numbness or tingling, especially of the hands or feet.
- Pain or cramping, especially of the hands, feet or calf muscles.
- Sensitivity to touch or temperature.
- Loss of reflexes.
- Muscle weakness, especially in the feet or hands.
- Loss of balance
General causes of neuropathies include:
- Poor diet. Poor dietary choices can lead to vitamin deficiencies (B-1, B-6 and B-12, vitamin E and niacin) which are crucial to nerve health.
- Diabetes. More than half the people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
- Exposure to poisons. Toxic substances include heavy metals or chemicals used in fertilizers can cause nerve damage.
- Trauma or pressure on the nerve. Traumas, such as from motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries, can cause nerve damage.
Living a healthy lifestyle is the best way to help support your overall good health and wellness.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein to keep nerves healthy.
- Exercise regularly. Try to get at least 30 minutes to one hour of exercise at least three times a week.
- Avoid factors that may cause nerve damage, including repetitive motions, cramped positions, exposure to toxic chemicals.
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Insider tip: No matter where the pain is located in the body, apply IcyHeat or IcyHeat MAX to the bottom of both feet first and then the localized pain area. There are 7000 nerve endings on the bottom of each foot- applying the lotion to your feet allows these nerve endings to quickly absorb the Noni and carry it throughout the whole body for even quicker relief. Many looking for neuropathy relief have reported additional benefit by applying in this way.
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