What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

The peripheral nerves control your sense of touch, how you feel pain, temperature, and your muscle strength. Peripheral neuropathy is when these nerves do not function properly. Typically the condition begins with pain or loss of feeling in the fingers and toes, and as it gets worse will move into the limbs. Those experiencing peripheral neuropathy may have less feeling in their fingers and toes, and have trouble with their balance. You may have peripheral neuropathy if you find difficulty with things that require coordination, such as fastening buttons.


The common symptoms of neuropathy are: numbness, tightness, tingling, burning, shooting, or stabbing pain especially in the legs, hands, and feet that start slowly and progress until you have complete loss of feeling.

What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?


Medications: Chemotherapy drugs, HIV drugs and statin drugs for cholesterol all are associated with the development of peripheral neuropathy.

Toxic Exposure: Exposure to toxic chemicals or heavy metals such as mercury (dental fillings) and lead can damage nerves.

Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by other health problems, diabetes being number one. Other health issues behind this condition are:

  • Kidney problems

  • Vitamin deficiencies

  • Drinking too much alcohol

  • Infectious diseases and inflammatory diseases

Why these diseases cause peripheral neuropathy is not fully understood. We do know that sugar is toxic to nerves if exposed long term to high sugar levels in the blood.

How Can Simple Wellness Help?

At Simple Wellness we identify the underlying reason your body is not functioning properly. By addressing the core of the condition, the body can then function properly and eliminate the peripheral neuropathy on its own.


As we walk you through the healing process, feeling will come back and you will notice more energy in your life. It is also common as patients restore their health they re-trace their symptoms and go from having no feeling to burning/stabbing pain, to tingling and numbness then to no pain whatsoever.

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