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Peripheral Neuropathy

Dr. Deuk
An expert in all things spine, Dr. Deukmedjain is a board certified neurosurgeon who has performed thousands of minimally invasive surgeries and procedures including the revolutionary Deuk Laser Disc Repair and the Deuk Spinal Fusion. 

I Can't Feel My Fingers or Toes

The signs come slowly, and then one day you realize you can't feel your fingers or toes. Unbeknownst to you; you may be suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

Understanding peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is the gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your toes and fingers. It commonly starts in the longest nerves, the ones that run all the way to your toes. Unfortunately it can progress into sharp or jabbing electric like pain and may cause lack of coordination.

There are tests that we can run for the condition and treatments to help alleviate the symptoms. For example, an EMG (electromyograph) and Nerve Conduction Study can tell us if there has been nerve damage and, if so, how much. We can also order blood tests to check vitamin levels, blood sugar, and thyroid, liver and kidney function. If there us a problem detected in any of these areas, we can take correction action.

There are risk factors you should know about in managing your peripheral neuropathy. Diabetes and failing to control blood sugar levels can negatively affect your nerves, as can infections, vitamin deficiencies — especially B-vitamins — and alcohol abuse. Alcohol and nerves do not mix.

Nerve damage may also have occurred due to sports or trauma injury, or due to repetitive physical stress. And cramped positions like shoes that are too tight, keeping your knees crossed for long periods of time, leaning on your elbows, repetitive motion like being at a keyboard all day, can cause peripheral neuropathy. Being around toxic chemicals and tobacco smoke are also risk factors for neuropathy.

Some tips if you think you may have peripheral neuropathy:

  • Avoid tobacco smoke, toxic chemicals and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Take care of your feet and hands, give them a break. Exercise at least moderately, if your doctor says it's okay, and eat healthy meals with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • If you live in the greater Orlando, Melbourne, or South Florida and have tingling or numbness in your arms or hands, legs or feet, call us, 1-800-FIX-MY-BACK, and set an appointment to come and see us at Deuk Spine Institute. We will conduct a thorough physical history, exam and have necessary diagnostic tests run to give you a clear answer to your concerns. If you live outside of Florida, please contact your doctor for diagnosis.
  • For those patients already diagnosed with severe peripheral neuropathy, know that Deuk Spine Institute uses our advanced minimally invasive laser spine surgery, Deuk Laser Disc Repair to treat this condition. 

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