What is Neuropathy? Pain, Burning, Numbness, Tingling
There are at least 3 kinds of neuropathic pain especially of those diagnosed with diabetes. There is peripheral neuropathy, proximal neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy. Although they have different names, they all affect the lower extremities. It is very important to know what kind of neuropathy a person has in order to arrive at the best treatment.
If are you feeling any shooting pain from your back to your feet, weakness in your legs muscles and tingling sensation in your soles, then you should come see us and have your nerves checked for neuropathy. Neuropathy that affects legs and feet may not be as serious as many think but just to be sure, you have to know what kind of neuropathy you have so you will know how to treat it.
Peripheral neuropathy is a kind of nerve damage affecting the long nerves going to the feet. If you experience a shooting pain from the lower back to the feet, you may be affected with this kind of neuropathy. The nerves going to the feet are damaged, and a lot of complications may happen on the feet of the patient. You may have infections of the feet and ulcers that can lead to amputations.
Autonomic neuropathy also affects legs and feet of the patient. The nerves of the autonomic nervous system become damaged which gives problems to different organs that are involved in autonomic processes such as digestion, pumping of the heart and breathing. It can also cause pain on the legs and feet.
Proximal Neuropathy: People who feel that the muscles in their legs are becoming weak making it hard for them to walk and move their legs suffer from what is called proximal neuropathy or diabetic amyothophy. The muscles that are affected are those muscles in the upper part of legs, hips and buttocks.