The simple answer is “yes,” but there are specific steps you must take to get to the comfortable situation you desire. This may involve making major lifestyle changes and eliminating “things” that you've depended on for years, even decades. Before answering the question, “Can peripheral neuropathy be reversed?“, it may be best to learn a little more about a condition that affects millions of people in countries around the world.
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Peripheral neuropathy is so named because it affects and damages the peripheral nervous system. This is the network in your body that carries information from the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the nerves in the rest of your body. The nerves on the periphery of the body, away from the center, become damaged or diseased to the point where you feel tingling, numbness, or even muscle weakness.
Of course, it's necessary for nerves throughout the body to receive signals and stimuli from touch, temperature changes, and so on. But with neuropathy, the nerves are abnormally sensitive, giving you intense or distorted sensations, even pain. If the pain is severe, you may feel a burning sensation, failure of an organ or gland, or even paralysis. Symptoms may include poor digestion, difficulty urinating, and decreased sexual function.
Symptoms can be acute and last for a short period of time, or chronic, meaning the problem lasts for months or years. Some conditions involve an attack on part of the peripheral system, with symptoms coming on quickly and rapidly, then resolving as the nerves heal. Sometimes chronic neuropathy worsens over time, leaving people with pain and debilitation.
One of the most common forms of this condition, diabetic neuropathy, affects the nerves furthest from the brain and spinal cord. That's why people feel pain and tingling in their feet, with numbness and other symptoms gradually moving up both legs. In later stages, the hands and fingers may be affected.
The first step in treating or reversing peripheral neuropathy comes with addressing the underlying conditions that lead to the disease. The list of conditions may include infection, compression of the affected area, toxins from a prescription medication, exposure to toxins in the atmosphere, home or workplace, or deficiencies in hormones or vitamins. If the nerve cells haven't died from damage or disease, it's possible for them to regenerate. But it's important to correct the root cause before this can happen.
Consider some of these causes, many of which are major health problems. Peripheral neuropathy is sometimes associated with cancers such as lymphoma and multiple myeloma. People who consume large amounts of alcohol can experience nerve damage because alcohol is a toxin. Chronic kidney disease or chronic liver disease can cause neuropathy, so it's important to treat these conditions first.
Other causes include injuries such as broken bones, even a cast that puts too much pressure on the nerves. Infections such as HIV, Lyme disease, and shingles are known to cause nerve damage. If you have questions about your neuropathy problems, be sure to talk to a doctor about things like hereditary diseases, connective tissue problems, Guillain-Barre syndrome, and inflammatory diseases like sarcoidosis and celiac disease.
Aside from these very serious health issues and any injuries that could lead to peripheral neuropathy, you can also make improvements by changing your lifestyle and daily habits. Start by addressing body weight issues. Get to the right weight for your body and height. You can also help reverse some neuropathy symptoms by adding exercise to your daily routine and paying more attention to your diet.
Do what you can to learn more about the toxins you may be exposed to from the air, food, medications, etc. Reduce your alcohol intake and increase the vitamin levels in your body through diet and natural supplements. For example, just doing a little low-impact exercise every day, such as walking and basic stretching, can improve muscle strength, improve digestion, and possibly reduce the tingling and numbness you've been experiencing.
If you have peripheral neuropathy, sometimes the simplest changes can make a big difference.