Small fiber neuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy that develops from damage to the small unmyelinated peripheral nerve fibers, called c-fibers. Often times, the cause of small fiber neuropathy is unclear. In many cases, diabetes contributes to the development of small fiber neuropathy.
Small fiber neuropathy can affect the c-fibers of the sensory nervous system and/or the fibers of the autonomic nervous system. The symptoms of damage to the sensory system include pain, tingling, numbness or a burning sensation. However, when the damage is to the peripheral nerve fibers that govern the autonomic actions of the body, including heart rate and blood pressure regulation, circulation can be adversely affected.
At US Neuropathy Centers, our providers assess every aspect of a patient’s health to determine the best course of treatment. With 15 locations across the United States, we are able to help more people affected by this debilitating condition. For the best tips and advise for managing nerve pain and other symptoms associated with your peripheral neuropathy condition, trust the experts at US Neuropathy Centers.
People often ask if the tingling sensations they feel in their feet are the result of poor circulation, nerve damage, or nutritional deficiencies. The early symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are very similar to those of people with poor circulation. The symptoms could also come from a combination of these factors, which is why accurate diagnosis of the root cause if critical to patient care.
When diabetic neuropathy leads to poor circulation, the potential life-threatening consequences are increased. Decreased blood flow can result in tissue damage. Coupled with the loss of protective sensation as a result of the neuropathy, this can lead to loss of limbs if not treated immediately. Our feet and legs are already confronted with daily challenges of poor circulation, and diabetes exacerbates this challenge.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we look to first uncover the underlying cause of a patient’s symptoms. All causes aren’t always clear, however. Our providers will go over a patient’s symptoms, levels and frequency of nerve pain, as well as other assessments to learn more about the patient’s problem. If a patient suffers from paralysis, blurred vision, confusion, or muscular weakness, immediate medical attention is necessary.
If you suffer from tingling or burning sensations in your extremities, it may be the symptoms of nerve damage. Contact US Neuropathy Centers for a professional examination and the best treatment options.
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at any of our US Neuropathy Centers locations. With offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, our neuropathy experts are easily accessible and here to help.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2018