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Peripheral Neuropathy - Article N. 01

Sometimes this is my despair. I lived on the streets, I was cold, hungry, anguished, lonely, homesick. But it was neuropathy, her physical pain, that made me cry Wolfgang Claussen by Pixabay

Peripheral neuropathy is a constant theme in my life and, seemingly militancy in favor of me, which is also, I try to alert other people!


Peripheral Neuropathy Special


Neuropatia Periférica – Artigo N. 01, Blog Soropositivo.Org Peripheral Neuropathy Between thirty to forty percent of people living with HIV are somehow also affected by neuropathy and, as I am of those who go to the bazaar, pay for the fishing, where SOMETHING ALWAYS WINS “I fish a pencil”, it is more how natural that I have peripheral neuropathy and, in some way, God was even very courteous to me, because usually this picture begins its manifestations by the feet and, if my feet were as my hands are, I could no longer walk.


I sincerely thank God every day for waking up and, before going to sleep, for being taken there by him, in the moment of my sleep. And it could be worse in a thousand ways! And in so many ways I am happy that this is just my problem.

With these two paragraphs, I confess a personal interest in this publication and in the next six, which I would do, one a day until completing this “special on peripheral neuropathy.

Thank you for reading. 

I ask for silent prayers and I thank God for everything and everyone and I thank everyone for everything. ”

Peripheral neuropathy

Overview - Items will receive Links with each new publication:


  1. Overview
  2. Symptoms
  3. Causes
  4. Diagnosis
  5. Treatment
  6. Complications +

Peripheral neuropathy develops when nerves at the extremities of the body, such as the hands, feet and arms, are damaged. The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected.

In the UK, it is estimated that almost 1 in 10 people aged 55 and over are affected by peripheral neuropathy.

Peripheral Neuropathy And The Peripheral Nervous System

The peripheral nervous system is the nerve network that is located outside the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).

It includes different categories of nerves with their own specific functions, including:

  •   sensory nerves - responsible for transmitting sensations, such as pain on touch;
  • motor nerves - responsible For controlling the muscles;
  • autonomic nerves - responsible for regulating automatic body functions; like blood pressure and bladder function.
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Symptoms of this neurological dysfunction can be:  

The main symptoms of neuropathy can include:

Numbness and tingling in the burning hands or feet, stabbing sensation or sharp pain in the affected areas.

Loss of balance and coordination, muscle weakness especially in the feet. These symptoms are usually constant, but they can come and go. 

When consulting your doctor it is important to inform you if you experience the first symptoms of this neurological condition.

That includes:

 Pain, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet, loss of balance or weakness, a cut or ulcer on the foot that is not improving. also It is recommended that people at higher risk for peripheral neuropathy, such as people with diabetes, have regular checkups and, if possible, check ups.

My personal experience about this started around 2013 to 2014 and there were many paradoxes, such as one hand, usually the right hand, being apparently on fire, with no leniency possible while the left hand looks like it is in a bucket of cold water.

On the other hand, Mara told me that when she left home early she saw my hand opening and closing. The neurologist explained to me that the brain perceived the difference and would be checking responses. And as these responses were “poor quality” he, the brain 🧠 “kept testing”.

It was annoying and frustrating, the thing itself, these damn tests, often occurred even when I was awake (awake), at any time and a lot of therapy session with Maira started with a certain subject, which was replaced by another until i would come to these tests and salts from the office crying doctor will ask about your symptoms and can organize some tests to help identify the underlying cause.

The search for a neurologist is very important 

And be careful when searching. The last method (r) tip with whom I consulted asked me if I had been promiscuous to contract HIV 😡 and I didn’t send it all the hell and I don’t know why.

The fact is that, even with a scheduled return, I never thought of looking for her again.

You can be referred to the hospital to see a neurologist, who specializes in health problems that affect the nervous system.

This thing, these tests, often occurred even when I was awake (awake)

The doctor will ask about your symptoms and may organize some tests to help identify the underlying cause.

You can be referred to the hospital to see a neurologist, who specializes in health problems that affect the nervous system.

Limiting the Damage of Peripheral Neuropathy is an important goal!

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If there had been no guidance from Dr. F., from C. Iwase, I would be in a very serious situation now!

Generally, the earlier peripheral neuropathy is diagnosed, the greater the chance of limiting damage and preventing other complications. Dr. A. Walter was also very important in the 'job' of controlling pain!

Learn more about the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy.

Causes of peripheral neuropathy:

In the United Kingdom, diabetes (type 1 and type 2) is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy.

Over time, high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can damage nerves.

This nerve damage is known as diabetic polyneuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy can also have a wide variety of other causes.

For example, it can be caused by:

Physical damage to the nerves. Uviral infection, such as HIV, Herpes Simplex and Zoster infection or a side effect of certain medications, or systemic ingestion of alcoholic beverages.

 Ppeople who are known for have an increased risk of peripheral neuropathy should do regular check-ups so that your neurological functions can be systematically assessed.

Treatment of peripheral neuropathy:

The treatment of peripheral neuropathy depends on the symptoms and the underlying cause. Not all underlying causes of neuropathy can be treated.

For example, a company offering if you have diabetes, can help you get better control of your blood sugar level can help a lot; and stop smoking or reduce alcohol consumption.

Nerve pain can be treated with prescription drugs called neuropathic pain agents, as common painkillers generally do not work.

In my life, peripheral neuropathy is personal hell (so much pleasure / so much pain ...)

If you have other symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy, they may need to be treated individually.

For example, treatment of muscle weakness may involve physical therapy and mobility aids.

Complications of peripheral neuropathy
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The outlook for peripheral neuropathy varies, depending on the underlying cause and which nerves have been damaged.

Some cases may improve over time if the underlying cause is treated, while in some people the damage may be permanent or gradually worsen over time.

If the underlying cause of peripheral neuropathy is not treated, you may be at risk of developing potentially serious complications, such as a foot ulcer that is affected.

This can lead to gangrene which, if left untreated and, in severe cases, can lead to foot amputation ...

Peripheral neuropathy can affect the nerves that control the automatic functions of the heart and the circulation system (cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy).

You may need treatment to increase your blood pressure or, in rare cases, a pacemaker.

Learn more about the complications of peripheral neuropathy:

Different categories of peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can affect:

  1. Only 1 nerve (mononeuropathy);
  2. several nerves (mononeuritis multiple);
  3. all the nerves in the body (polyneuropathy).

It is Peripheral because it affects, initially, the most distant nerves of the Central Nervous System. In a way, she looks for her feet as if looking for the “Extreme South” neighborhood of the City of São Paulo. 😜 If I don't keep my good mood going crazy!

Polyneuropathy is the most common type and starts affecting the longest nerves first, so symptoms usually start in the feet.

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Over time, it gradually begins to affect the shorter nerves and appears to be spreading upward and later affects the hands.

Peripheral neuropathy is a neurological condition with several causes and 40% of people with HIV will develop it in their lives. And I reiterate: there is Life with HIV!

Page revised on: April 24, 2019 Translated by Cláudio Souza from the original on Peripheral neuropathy.

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