Motor neuropathy usually starts in the hands and feet, and can affect the full extension of fingers and toes. In addition to the dexterity problems this obviously causes, it often also has a visual appearance of “clawlike” fingers. The condition is degenerative, getting worse over a period of months and years. Twitching and spasms can also happen in affected limbs. While motor issues associated with peripheral neuropathy usually accompany pain, tingling, and numbness, multifocal motor neuropathy involves no pain (only the motor nerves are affected). Generally, none of the varieties of motor neuropathy are life-threatening, although they can absolutely impact your comfort and quality of life if you suffer from them.
Diabetes… Lupus… Cancer and chemotherapy… Any of these conditions can lead to peripheral neuropathy… But what you might not realize is that you can develop peripheral neuropathy even if you’re perfectly healthy. Athletes who take part in sports that require consistent overhead movement of the arms (like tennis, baseball, kayaking, volleyball) place a lot of [...]
When you hear the words “acute kidney failure”, what do you think of? Dialysis? Hospitalization? Symptoms too obvious to ignore? Then you might be surprised to learn that acute kidney failure often doesn’t cause noticeable symptoms. Many times it’s detected when the patient is already in the hospital for something else and evidence [...]
If you have diabetes and you notice any of these symptoms: - Athlete’s Foot (or cracking of the skin between your toes) - Sores or wounds on your feet - Numbness or pain in your feet - Redness or swelling - Blackening or darkening of skin - Calluses - Ingrown toenails - [...]
If you have • Diabetes • Cancer (and you’re undergoing chemotherapy) • Shingles • HIV/AIDS And you‘ve noticed that, in addition to the discomfort you expected from your disease, you also have • Swelling in your feet, legs or hands • Muscle cramps in your legs • Changes in your skin and nails • Numbness [...]
If you have diabetes and you’re experiencing any of these symptoms: - Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting - Difficulty swallowing - Deep pain, especially in your legs and feet - Loss of sensation and ability to feel warmth or cold - Muscle cramps - Numbness, tingling or burning in your arms, hands, legs or [...]
When you were diagnosed with shingles, you thought that as soon as the rash disappeared you would be free and clear… You didn’t count on the nerve damage and pain you’re still dealing with. The pain of postherpetic neuropathy. You’re frustrated…depressed…irritable. Yes, you know you can take pain medications to help ease some of [...]