Testing For Neuropathy

bottom_rightNeuropathy is a condition of the nerves wherewith an individual begins to experience the onset of odd and uncomfortable symptoms and sensations such as:

 

 

 

  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Needle-like pinching
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Itching
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Dull ache
  • Involuntary muscle spasms

Neuropathy symptoms are not something one should ignore. If left untreated and undiagnosed the possible neuropathic patient could be facing a very bleak future. A bleak future for a neuropathy sufferer would include a decrease in mobility as the nerve damage spreads causing irreversible nerve damage to extremities such as the hands and feet. With nerve damage to areas of the body such as the hands and feet neuropathic sufferers lost their ability to sense and feel things correctly thus leaving them vulnerable to further injury that could result in amputation of a limb this is why diagnosis is so very important.

What You Need To Do

It is important that if one feels he or she may be experiencing neuropathy symptoms that he or she seeks the advice and counsel from a medical professional. Diagnosing neuropathy can be tricky and is a rather lengthy process so if there is reason for concern it is imperative that you seek out medical attention quickly to begin the diagnosing process. The first step a physician will take in diagnosing neuropathy will be to administer a full body physiological exam. Your doctor will want to compile your medical history compare it with your physical results before going further with testing.

Prepare Yourself

If there is a need for further testing, one can assume the following tests will be administered:

  • Detailed      neurological exam that focuses on tendon reflexes and coordination. The      test results will either prove or disprove if the nerves are responding      correctly.
  • An      Electromyography (EMG) – this records muscle tissue and its electrical      activity. An EMG test can determine if the symptoms you are expressing      concern over are truly neuropathic related or a muscle disease.
  • Nerve      Conduction Test (NCV) – this tests the speed of which impulses travel      through the nerves.

Once a diagnosis has been made, follow-up care will be needed in order to discuss neuropathy treatment and how to cope with life after diagnosis.

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