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Do we have the technology to visualise nerves to find neuropathies, or is there any in research/development?
Depends on location: Mri certainly can be used to visualize larger nerves, and is particularly good for the cranial nerves. Some of the peripheral nerves like those of the brachial plexus can also be visualized. With special sequences and contrast studies, it is possible to detect abnormalities consistent with neuropathies. There is research being done looking at blood factors (antibodies) that can cause neuropathies. ...Read more
Poor nerve function: Nerve disease/damage thought to be caused by poor blood supply to nerves &/or high blood sugar. There are 2 types of neuropathy: peripheral and autonomic. Peripheral causes loss of feeling in hands/feet, weakness & imbalance. This can lead to wound development & possible amputation. Autonomic leads to heart problems, problems w/ body temp, erectile dysfunction, dry skin, & digestive problems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do neuropathies hurt/burn 24/7 non-stop, or the pain is more migratory (hurts for a few hours then goes away only to come back later)?
My pediatrician says my child may have compression neuropathies, but I don't understand. What does it mean?
Diabetes results in increased rates of atherosclerosis, neuropathies, blindness, and gangrene? Why?
Good question: It is thought that the high levels of glucose cause damage to the nerves and the lining of the blood vessels. Nerve damage causes peripheral numbness and vascular damage causes poor circulation. Both contribute to problems with healing, open wounds, infections and gangrene. Blindness has to do with vessel injury, and can be slowed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try a brace: The most common compression neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a pinched nerve in the wrist that causes numbness and tingling in her fingers. You can try wearing a wrist brace that you can buy over-the-counter in the pharmacy. Wear the brace at night when you sleep, this prevents the wrist from bending down this takes the pressure off the nerve relieving the symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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