General Health

Walking on Pins and Needles – When It’s More Than Your Foot Falling Asleep

We have all experienced that walking on pins and needles feeling. Frequently, it is nothing more than your foot falling asleep. In technical terms, this is called paresthesia. This is when pressure causes your nerves to become compressed which temporarily interferes with communication between your nerves and brain. Taking a few minutes to walk it out usually fixes the problem.

The peripheral nervous system connects the nerves running from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Peripheral neuropathy happens when these nerves are damaged and the signal is interrupted. Signs of this condition include numbness, tingling, throbbing, or burning pain. There are many things that can cause this including injuries, autoimmune disorders, repetitive stress, vitamin deficiencies, and alcohol abuse.

It is common for people with diabetes to have issues with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. According to The Foundation of Peripheral Neuropathy under managing this condition is the number one cause of non-traumatic lower limb amputations and 75% of those could be preventable. It’s a good idea to see your doctor if you suspect you may be having issues with your blood sugar.

Diabetes can be hard to manage, but it is possible to monitor and keep your blood sugar levels in an acceptable range. The first step is paying attention to any unusual symptoms that you’re experiencing and talk with a doctor. If your doctor suspects you may have diabetes, they will run tests to confirm it. Then help you create a plan to manage it. Treatment often includes medication, insulin, and lifestyle changes.

Cancer treatment and Chemotherapy drugs can be hard on the nervous system and bring on peripheral neuropathy. About a third of HIV/AIDS patients also have issues with peripheral neuropathy. There are also many cases of idiopathic neuropathy, which means that it is brought on by unknown origins. There are many reasons why you could be experiencing these symptoms.

Being aware of what is going on with your body and not being shy about talking to your doctor is a good way to prevent this from progressing. What may start as a minor inconvenience could turn into a full blow medical condition. If you are experiencing symptoms see these 5 neuropathy treatments on to begin to get a handle on ways to deal with this condition.

Besides getting proper medical care, living a healthy lifestyle is probably the best way to prevent a disease from developing. It’s also a great way to lessen the symptoms of something that you already have. Eating a healthy diet, taking supplements, and avoiding things that are bad for you is a great start. Exercise is also very important.

Try to find easy ways to incorporate movement into your regular week and enjoy fun activities on the weekend. A hike, bike ride, or a game of tennis is usually more appealing than going to the gym or an exercise class. Diet and fitness are the obvious keys to staying healthy but don’t overlook the importance of getting proper rest and keeping stress levels down. Do what you can to eliminate stressors and enjoy life to keep your body fit and healthy.

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