Aches and pains are part of life. Everyone experiences a twinge here and a pang there, but what happens when it becomes all too frequent and severe, to the point where it’s getting in the way of your life?

However, if your aches, pains, and stiffness cause extreme changes in your body — like excess sweating, loss of bladder control, and high blood pressure — you might be suffering from neuropathy, a little-known but complex disease of the nervous system.

Neuropathy comes in many forms and can affect either just one nerve — in which case it’s called mononeuropathy — or several —and then it’s called polyneuropathy.

It can come on slowly over many years, or start all of a sudden. It can also come as a result of treatment for another condition, in which case it’s called peripheral neuropathy.

Anything that affects your nerves is serious business, because your nerves control, well, everything.

Not only to they allow us to experience the world via the sense of touch, but they also control organs and prompt the body to respond involuntarily to temperature and other factors. When a nerve is upset, it can cause pain in everything from your legs to your teeth.

If you’re concerned that something might be amiss with your nerves, check out the symptoms of neuropathy below. And if you think you might have it, see the ways you can soothe it at home.

Typically, people with neuropathy will have to take medical steps with the help of a doctor or specialist, but these at-home tips can be used alongside medical therapies — with a doctor’s permission, of course.

What Is Neuropathy?

<u>What Is Neuropathy?</u>

Neuropathy is a disease of the nerves that impairs motion, gland or organ function, and sensation. In total, it affects some 24 million Americans.

Common causes include heavy alcohol consumption, immune system diseases, traumatic injury, celiac disease, hypothyroidism, radiation and chemotherapy, and viral infections.

About 30% of cases are also associated with diabetes. Certain classes of antibiotics can also be causes, and sometimes, neuropathy can also be congenital.

Neuropathy can take several forms, but there are some common symptoms.

The best way to determine exactly which nerves are effected is to to talk to a doctor or neurologist.

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