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Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness week is May 7-13, 2017.

May 7-13 is annual Neuropathy Awareness Week an initiative launched by The Neuropathy Association to raise awareness about neuropathy and its warning signs.

An estimated 40 million Americans suffer from some form of Peripheral Neuropathy and is one of the most common chronic neurological diseases. Neuropathy is often misunderstood, misdiagnosed and underdiagnosed, and inadequately treated. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical to preventing and slowing the progression of neuropathy.

A common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, but it can also result from injuries, infections, and exposure to toxins.

It is important to recognize the early symptoms and signs of neuropathy. Although you can have no symptoms, some people may experience:

Pain areas: in the back, face, foot, hands, or thigh

Pain types: can be burning and tingling or sharp

Pain circumstances: can occur at night

Sensory: pins and needles, uncomfortable tingling and burning, over sensitivity, reduced sensation of touch, or sensitivity to pain

Muscular: cramping, muscle weakness, problems with coordination, or loss of muscle

Whole body: poor balance or weakness

Also common: limping, slow reflexes, tingling feet, or tingling fingers

While early intervention and treatment can be critical to slowing the disease’s progression, many Americans still do not know about neuropathy, are unaware they have it, and do not recognize warning signs, which can include weakness, numbness, tingling, and pain, especially in the hands and feet. If ignored, these symptoms can lead to persistent weakness, loss of sensation or unremitting pain.

If you are feeling any or some of the symptoms associated with Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) consult a doctor for medical advice.

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