Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves-the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves that connect the
spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. It usually affects the feet but can also affect the hands and balance (gait)
causing weakness, numbness, tingling and sometimes severe chronic pain. Peripheral Neuropathy's course is variable; it can
come and go, slowly progressing over many years, or it can become severe and debilitating. However, if diagnosed early, can sometimes
be slowed and/or controlled.
MY PERSONAL SYMPTOMS Advanced Axonal Sensorimotor polyneuropathy.
There are symptoms of autonomic neuropathy affecting my internal organs the bladder, urination hesitancy, loose or constipated
bowels, Gastroparesis, irregular rapid heart rate, hypotension, impotence to name just a few! I have extreme
muscle weakness in lower & upper limbs, loss of digital dexterity unable to grip objects.
My Sensory neuropathic symptoms are very severe, my feet and legs have "constant pins & needles and tightness" (Glove/sock
constant feeling around my feet, you don't know whether or not you are wearing socks). Pain NOT fully relieved by any
medication, at best 40-60% on some days. I have difficulty walking more than 20 meters without stoping, also because
when laying flat the pain is always exacerbated. I prefer to sit, even standing aggravates the disease and causes
the soles of the feet to burn. I ALWAYS NEED a bed cradle to keep the sheets off my feet and legs, so NOT to exacerbated
the pain by touch to my lower limbs , without a cradle I can't sleep! I generally get at best even with
a cradle only 3-5 hours sleep per night, and awake about 3am on most mornings. It has now progressed to my upper extermities,
pins & needles and numbess and sensitivity(arms & hands) or are my C5/C6 spinal nerves compacted too?
disease itself causes ataxia (loss of balance) however my medication 'Lyrica' Pfizer, also causes loss of balance,
and excessive weight gain, The weight gain affects other organs and can't be reduced by diet or exercise, and then
there's the loss of feet sense (my brain doesn't communicate with my feet) in that, they don't step high enough and I
trip then, fall.
The constant pain generated from my lower extermities (feet & legs) 'pins &
needles/intermittent electric shocks' severely exacerbates my diagnosed military related PTSD (Chronic Anxiety) & Depression.
Thus causing frequent suicidal ideation and necessitating infrequent psychiatric inpatient treatments to try
and regulate my medications.
Meditation/Mindfulness/Relaxation has totally NOT relieved my
neuropathic pain in the long term. Please be mindful though,
NOT all sufferers have this same degree of disability!
My medications are Lyrica 300mg daily plus Endone 5mg.
Can Peripheral Neuropathy Be Cured?
Some types of peripheral neuropathy can be cured, however most can
not, having said that, many can be helped with pain management with one or more medications. Therapy
is directed at treating the underlying disease and at improving the symptoms with the right medications. An experienced Neurologist,
Psychiatrist and/or Pain Specialist can help sufferer's understand and manage their disease, whereby giving
them greater quality of life. Pain control varies between 40-65% per individual.
What causes neuropathy?
There are many causes of neuropathy: Diabetes,Cancer tumours, Chemotherapy, Alcohol, Autoimmune disorders HIV/AIDs, Spinal
injury, or a result of spinal surgery, prescription Medications, Toxins, and Nutritional imbalances to name just a few.
The following webpages, details the various illnesses and certain prescription medications that can cause this insidious