So, Do I Have Peripheral Neuropathy?More than 20 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. With over 100 different variations of the condition, people from all walks of life are discovering that they may have it. Peripheral neuropathy affects the blood supply to the microscopic nerves found in our arms, hands, feet and legs. It is often a result of damage that has been done to your peripheral nervous system. These nerves communicate important sensory messages from our brains and spinal cord to every other part of our bodies. Much like static heard over the phone, peripheral neuropathy can interrupt and distort the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. How to tell if you have peripheral neuropathy
- Irritating prickling, numbness, or tingling – a feeling of tiny pins and needles poking your feet or a feeling as if your legs have fallen asleep.
- Unexpected electric-like shocks – feels like sharp zaps of electricity shooting from the bottom of your feet all the way up your legs.
- Loss of balance – falling or instability due to the loss of feeling in your feet.
- Constant need to move legs or feet – tingling or discomfort that causes you to shift or adjust frequently, especially when sleeping.
- Extreme sensitivity to touch or temperature – when bed sheets feel intolerable or when feet are ice cold even when it is extremely warm outside.
- Cuts or sores that will not heal – when even small scrapes or cuts will not heal or even grow worse over time.