If you’re breathing, which hopefully you are, autonomic nerves are helping you to do it. If you’re moving your arm, then motor nerves are involved. If you touch a hot pan and you feel it, that’s sensory nerves at work. Every single thing you do in life is connected with your nervous system. If you’re experiencing problems that could be nerve related, you will need to be diagnosed so that the problem can be treated.
Nerve damage is basically anything that stops the nerves from performing as they should, and it’s fairly common with approximately 1 in 50 Americans suffering peripheral nerve damage at some point in their lives. In people who suffer from diabetes, diabetic neuropathies (nerve damage specific to the condition) occur in around 60-70% of cases. Some people don’t even experience any symptoms. Others may find they experience tingling, a burning sensation or pain.
How can nerve damage be diagnosed?
If you think you may be suffering with the symptoms of damaged nerves then it’s best to seek medical advice. In the past you would more than likely have been referred to a specialist establishment to undergo an EMG test. This is a test that checks the reaction of muscles when they are stimulated by nerves. Analyzing the results of the test enables a doctor to establish whether there is muscle damage present. You may still be sent elsewhere for these tests, but now doctors often have the ability to carry out these tests in house.
Experts like CloudEMG provide EMG software that helps doctors to give you the care you need without having to send you away and wait for an appointment elsewhere. They deliver the equipment required to the medical center and provide extensive training in its use. They also provide professional ongoing support so your doctor can continue giving you the high quality care you expect.
How is damage treated?
If you’re diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, which means you have damage to your nervous system, there are several options for treatment. Your doctor may prescribe pain medication if you’re experiencing discomfort as a result of the condition. There are also other treatments that can be used such as the application of anaesthetics to block nerves and Transcutaneus electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) which involves the placement of electrodes on the skin to pass small amounts of electricity through the skin and stimulate the nerves.
Many people who are diagnosed as suffering from peripheral neuropathy prefer self-help. Some have said that they have achieved relief from massage, acupuncture or yoga.
Once you have been diagnosed your doctor should advise you on the best course of action in your case. Of course if your doctor has a CloudEMG machine on site the whole process is going to be completed in a shorter timescale, as diagnosis will be achieved at an earlier date.