According to Medline Plus is:
- “Peripheral” means nerves further out from the center of the body, distant from the brain and spinal cord (which are called the central nervous system).
- “Neuro” means nerves.
- “Pathy” means abnormal.
Sounds cut and dried, bland, benign; if that’s the case then why the HELL is it so hard to treat? From a medical standpoint I totally understand the concept of ‘adjuvant agents’ and things that are ‘sposed to help. However, I want the problem to GO AWAY and that seems to NOT be possible. I have so many friends struggling with neuropathic issues–Jo, Cindi & a ton of others–wish I were so tough. I’m not hangin’ with it very well.
I went to the doctor Friday and got a going-over plus a slip to have labs drawn. Tons of ’em. You know how it goes…bleed’em dry! I’m hoping something shows up that can be corrected. I’m tired to the bone with mystery symptoms….
For a while I’ve been having cold, tingling neuropathy from the knees down and the elbows down, plus creepy-crawly sensations on my thighs & torso. I have areas of numbness on my feet & back and when I go to bed it feels like I’m being stuck with a straight pin. Let’s just say it wakes me up–FAST. I can’t feel water when it hits my face & I’m having bladder issues–hesitancy & retention. My arms get ‘tired’ bilaterally when I’m brushing my teeth and I have to switch hands; my jaw muscle get tighter & tighter as the day progresses. I’m not clenching or grinding my teeth; it’s like they’re being wound tight with a key. Weird & disconcerting.
I’ve ruled out the obvious suspects such as most of my medications so it’s time to try to find the cause. Since before my Crohn’s diagnosis I’ve had burning neuropathic pain in my feet and some loss of temperature sensation, but it has gotten so much worse, with the right side being more affected than the left. Recently I had a really grossly infected toe & didn’t realize it until it was BAD. Didn’t feel it…That gave me the creeps. I see people lose feet/toes all the time because of situations like that. Words of wisdom??
ALWAYS CHECK YOUR FEET, even if you think you don’t need to.