It can be difficult for other people—even close family and friends—to understand the pain that neuropathy can bring. In extreme cases, the symptoms can be downright excruciating, manifesting as a burning pain that leaves a sufferer agonizing as if the affected body part is on fire. Some people complain of ‘electric shock’ symptoms followed by spasms and cramps.
That said, neuropathy in Paramus, NJ is as unique as the individual suffering from them, so the symptoms described here can range from mild to extreme. Mixed pain signals are not uncommon as well. For instance, stepping on a tiny pebble can feel like stepping on a nail, and bathing in hot water can make a neuropathy sufferer feel cold, and vice versa. Ironically, numb skin surfaces can feel the most painful underneath.
As you can see from these descriptions, neuropathy can make little sense to those who don’t experience or understand it. Unfortunately, it matters less whether they understand it or not. You can still end up getting confined to a wheelchair. In worst cases, you could even die from the condition.
Patients who suffer from chronic neuropathic pain typically endure more than one type of pain. Most experience abnormal sweating, or don’t sweat at all. This is because the condition affects the nerves to the sweat glands, which changes the frequency and pattern of sweating. The same goes for those who suffer from involuntary or autonomic neuropathy.
The nerves to blood vessels can be damaged by the disease, affecting involuntary muscle functions of the lungs, heart, intestines, and bladder, giving out faulty signals leading to abnormal behavior in functions. You may feel full after eating tiny portions. You may feel your bladder is empty but you just keep urinating. This false signal can lead to secondary infections, diarrhea, and constipation. Sexual activities can be hampered, which can be very frustrating for couples.
If a family member or friend is suffering from neuropathy, all they ask of you is a little sympathy and understanding of their challenging condition. They most likely don’t know what’s going on inside their body, and it can be difficult to relate or explain what they don’t understand. That said, know that help is available for this debilitating condition. Take your loved one to a Paramus, NJ neuropathy specialist such as MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center so he or she can receive the most appropriate treatment.
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