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Small Fiber Neuropathy in New York

What is Small Fiber Neuropathy?

When small fibers of the peripheral nervous system are damaged, this situation is known as small fiber neuropathy. Small fibers in the skin are supposed to relay sensory information about temperature and pain. Small fibers, in organs, regulate automatic functions like breathing & heart rate. An underlying health condition can be pointed by the diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy such as diabetes.

In small fiber neuropathy, symptoms such as burning, tingling & pain are observed starting in the feet and progressing up the rest of the body. Symptoms may become severe over time.

SFN is a type of peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral nervous system is affected by a peripheral neuropathy such as small fiber neuropathy. Nerves outside spinal cord & brain are included in it.

Symptoms of Small Fiber Neuropathy

One of the most common symptoms of Small Fiber Neuropathy is pain. Other symptoms include:

  • Burning sensation, tingling or prickling
  • Short bursts of pain
  • Sensation Loss

Symptoms when autonomic nerve fibers are affected include:

  • Constipation
  • Difficulty sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Skin discoloration
  • Fatigue

Small Fiber Neuropathy Treatment

Treatment of Small Fiber Neuropathy depends upon the etiology underlying. If diabetes or pre-diabetic state is the cause, then control on diabetes & weight loss is needed to reduce insulin resistance. Anti-seizure medications, antidepressants, or analgesics including opiate drugs can treat painful sensory paresthesia.

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