Have just talked to my “feet” doctor … I have polyneuropathy.
Polyneuropathy (poly- + neuro- + -pathy) is damage or disease affecting peripheral nerves (peripheral neuropathy) in roughly the same areas on both sides of the body, featuring weakness, numbness, and burning pain. It usually begins in the hands and feet and may progress to the arms and legs; and sometimes to other parts of the body where it may affect the autonomic nervous system. It may be acute or chronic. A number of different disorders may cause polyneuropathy.
There are more than 100 different types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified, all with their own characteristic set of symptoms, patterns of development and prediction. Reduced function and symptoms depend on the type of nerves.
- Polyneuropathy is a disease in several of the nerves of the body. The disease often begins in the nerves that are furthest away from the spinal cord (the peripheral nerves), which leads to poor feeling in the feet and more difficult to walk.
- The first symptoms are often impaired in the toes and feet. This can be felt like walking on pillows or having an extra sock on your feet. You may also feel tingling or burning pain in your feet. Impaired balance and unstable walking are other common symptoms.
- Polyneuropathy is due to the impairment of the nerves’ ability to conduct nerve signals.
- The condition may be due to other diseases, such as diabetes, metabolic diseases, vitamin B12 deficiency, cancerous diseases or rheumatic diseases. It can also be due to age and hereditary factors.
- Diagnosis is based on the patient’s history of illness. The doctor also carries out a body examination in which emotion, muscle strength and reflexes are tested. Routine blood samples are also taken.
- The goal of the treatment is to prevent nerve damage from increasing. In case of underlying basic disease, this is treated as well as possible. Physical activity and physical therapy are also part of the treatment. In pain, different medicines can be used.
- If the cause or disease is treatable, polyneuropathy can often be braked and sometimes also improved if the correct treatment is taken.
The causes of polyneuropathy are still unclear, why research progress. Background to the hereditary variants and studies of polyneuropathy in the event of disorders of the immune system is likely to give interesting answers. Several treatment studies are ongoing, including by nerve growth factor in diabetic patients with polyneuropathy. Various preparations are tested against pain.
25-50% of cases cannot find the cause and I seems to belong to that category. It’s not possible to do much for it, more than relieve some symptoms.
Unfortunately, my pain is something I have to live with. But the good news is that the pain will probably not pass over the knees.??????!!!!!
I will change medicine in 14 days time – I hope it will work better than with the one I have today. Used it for a year and nothing has become any better. It slowly creeps up both my legs. It started in the autumn of 2009 and has gone worst by the years.
How I feel about the verdict????!!!! Don’t really know just now, but I will carry on living my way of life … so long I’m able to. It’s not going to stop me .. but it will slow me down.
“The job of feets is walking, but their hobby is dancing.”