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What are the early signs of neuropathy?

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The early signs of neuropathy are numbness, tingling, sharp pain, burning pain, sensitivity to any kind of touch, muscle weakness and problems with coordination according to Mayo Clinic. A more severe sign that tends to occur in later stages is paralysis.

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Neuropathy involves the nerves in a person's body and there are many different kinds of neuropathy diseases that affect different nerves within the body, according to WebMD. If the autonomic nerves are also having problems then a patient may have digestive problems, blood pressure problems and heat intolerance problems, reports Mayo Clinic.

If a person notices that they have any of these symptoms, particularly the tingling sensation problem then that person should visit the doctor's office immediately. Nerves connect skin, muscle and organs to the brain and are vital for proper functioning. If a person has neuropathy then it needs to be diagnosed and treated immediately. Some forms of neuropathy are more serious than others and some forms of neuropathy are easily treatable while others are extremely difficult to treat, reports the New York Times. There are a number of health conditions that can cause neuropathy though many times the cause is unknown. Some of the conditions that are known to cause neuropathy are chronic kidney disease, HIV, autoimmune disorders, metabolic disease, liver infections, poisoning from heavy metals, broken bones, glue or mercury poisoning, drugs to treat cancer, nerve pressure from carpal tunnel syndrome or too much exposure to cold temperatures.

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