Neuropathy is a nerve disorder in the human body, where nerves are either damaged or affected by a disease. This nerve disorder is accompanied by unpleasant pain, stiff muscles, cold hands, and feet or pinched nerves. An excellent way to eliminate the symptoms of neuropathy without side effects is to use the natural strength of capsaicin.
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Neuropathy usually affects the peripheral nervous system more than the central (brain and back). Neuropathy can affect the limbs as well as other areas of the body. Peripheral neuropathy is a nerve disorder with various causes. It can be:
- An autoimmune disease - these include Sjogren's syndrome, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, or necrotizing vasculitis.
- Diabetes - more than half of the people with diabetes develop a certain type of neuropathy.
- Exposure to poison - toxic substances include heavy metals or chemicals.
- Drugs - some drugs, especially those used for treating cancer (chemotherapy), can cause peripheral neuropathy.
- Infection - viral or bacterial infections, for example hepatitis C, lupus, diphtheria and HIV.
- Hereditary disorders
- Trauma or developed pressure on the nerve - car accidents or sports injuries can cause damage to peripheral nerves. The pressure on the nerve can be developed while using crutches or by certain repetitive movements.
- Vitamin deficiency - vitamin B - including B-1, B-6 a B-12 as well as vitamin E is essential for healthy nerves.
- Bone marrow disease
- Other diseases - kidney disease, liver disease, connective tissue disorders and thyroid insufficiency.
- Alcoholism - poor eating habits of people with alcoholism can lead to vitamin deficiencies.
Nerve damage is accompanied by tingling in arms and legs, stiff muscles or pinched nerves.
Since each nerve has a specific function in our peripheral system, the symptoms depend on the type of nerve affected.
Nerves are classified as:
- Sensory nerves, responsible for transmitting sensations, such as pain and touch.
- Motor nerves, which control muscle mobility.
- Autonomic nerves which control blood pressure, heart rate, digestion ...
There are 4 main forms of peripheral nerve damage:
- autonomous – visceral neuropathy,
- mononeuropathy – paralysis of the peripheral nerve,
- mononeuritis multiplex.
People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe pain as pinching, burning or tingling. This neuropathic pain originates when the peripheral part becomes damaged (e.g. nerves in arms and legs) or the central part (spinal cord, brain) and sends out this signal. Long-term condition can lead to permanent irritation causing even the slightest touch to be unbearable.
Neuropathy can manifest itself in the following symptoms:
- Gradual feeling of numbness, pinching or tingling in legs and arms.
- Extreme sensitivity to touch.
- Lack of coordination.
- Muscle weakness or paralysis.
- Intolerance to warmth and change in perspiration.
- Problems with urinary and digestive tracts.
- Changes in blood pressure that can cause dizziness.
Neuropathy treatment has various stages. Patients with nerve damage are given pain stifling drugs, drugs to fight spasms or antidepressants. In case of neuropathy, it’s smart to complement drug treatment with herbal treatment. Such treatment can help relieve symptoms without weighing down the body.
Lidocaine patches can help when applied topically by providing relief from pain. Capsaicin creams (unless neuropathy is accompanied by inflammation) can help relieve muscles. It is capsaicin that effectively fights and relieves pain. This unique power is the reason why we included this potent ingredient in our natural Kapsamax balsam. Combined with other 11 herbs, all mixed in a way to help relieve neuropathy symptoms, capsaicin is supplemented by regenerating blueberry oil and soothing aloe vera.
In the event when neuropathy is associated with inflammation (carpal tunnel), avoid capsaicin creams. Try Salikort balsam instead. Salikort helps stifle pain, acts to relieve tingling and inflammation.
Treatment of damaged nerves uses various therapies. Neuropathy patients are advised to undergo a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation where the electrodes placed on the skin deliver a gentle electric current at different frequencies.
Plasma replacement, includes elimination of antibodies and proteins from blood before its return to the body.
Physical therapy may be helpful in some cases, especially when you suffer from muscle weakness. In such cases, therapy can improve your mobility.
Peripheral neuropathy treatment depends on the patient, type and cause of pain. Peripheral neuropathy symptoms are treatable especially when the disease is diagnosed early on.
Most common type of neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome where the median nerve - the most important hand nerve is damaged. This syndrome affects mostly people who work manually or have stereotypical work. It manifests itself in pain, especially at night. Hand sensitivity or motorics becomes damaged.
People with diabetes can develop diabetic neuropathy. High level of blood sugar (glucose) can damage nerves in the whole body. Diabetic neuropathy most often damages nerves in legs and feet.
Depending on nerves affected, diabetic neuropathy symptoms can range anywhere from pain to leg and feet insensitivity or problems with digestion, urinary tract, blood vessels and heart.
Diabetic neuropathy can seriously complicate diabetes. You can often avoid diabetic neuropathy or slow down its course by controlling your blood sugar and leading a healthy lifestyle.
There are 4 main types of diabetic neuropathy. You can have one or more of them. Symptoms depend on the type of damage done to the nerve and usually develop over time.
Peripheral neuropathy - diabetic foot
The most common type of diabetic foot is peripheral neuropathy or commonly known as diabetic foot. This type of nerve damage usually affects feet, then hands and shoulders. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are worse at night and can include:
- Insensitivity or decreased ability to feel pain or change in the temperature.
- Tingling or burning.
- Heightened sensitivity to touch - some people might find it painful to even wear underwear.
- Muscle weakness.
- Loss of reflexes, balance and coordination.
- Serious problems with feet such as ulcers, infections or bone and joint pain.
When suffering from diabetic foot, it’s important to examine and keep an eye on one’s legs and arms and to be aware of any changes. In the occurrence of ischemia, the limbs are cold and pain in calves is common. In the advanced stage of failure and loss of nutrition, tissue death may occur - gangrene.
Autonomic nervous system controls the heart, bladder, stomach, intestines, genitals and eyes. Diabetes can affect nerves in any of these areas, which can cause:
- Unawareness of low levels of blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)
- Problems with bladder including urinary tract infections or urine retention or incontinence
- Constipation, diarrhea.
- Delayed gastric emptying, nausea, vomiting, bloating, and loss of appetite.
- Hard swallowing.
- Increased or decreased sweating.
- Changes in adjusting vision to light.
- Elevated heart rate at rest.
- Weakness or dizziness.
- Erectile dysfunction.
- Vaginal dryness.
- Decreased sexual activity.
Radiculoplexus neuropathy (diabetic amyotrophy)
Radiculoplexus neuropathy affects the nerves in the thighs, hips, buttocks or legs. It is more common among people with type 2 diabetes. The symptoms usually occur on one side of the body, but sometimes they can spread to the other side. Symptoms of the disease may be:
- Severe pain in the hip and thigh or in the sitting position that occurs during the day.
- Weak and shrinking thigh muscles.
- Having a hard time rising from a sitting position.
- Abdominal swelling.
- Weight Loss.
Mononeuropathy, also referred to as focal neuropathy, is a damage to a specific nerve in the face, the center of the body (torso) or in the leg. This is most common among older adults. Mononeuropathy often appears out of the blue and can cause severe pain. However, it usually does not cause any long-term problems.
Mononeuropathy can also cause problems to eye and facial nerves which subsequently can lead to:
- Difficulty in focusing.
- Double vision.
- Pain behind the eye.
- Paralysis on one side of the face.
Sometimes mononeuropathy occurs when the nerve is compressed. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a typical example of such occurrence. This may cause numbness or tingling in the hand or fingers.