Small Fiber NeuropathyOverview by M.C.& modification by I.Khan. PAGE-2
Causes Make sure you do not have celiac disease
The nervous system is made up of two parts. The core is your central nervous system brain and spinal cord. The rest of nervous system, branching off from your spinal cord to the body, are peripheral nerves.Part of the peripheral nerves that you consciously control — such as nerves you use to move your muscles. Part is autonomous nerves that regulate the heart rate, blood pressure and digestion. Damage to your peripheral nerves is called peripheral neuropathy. Autonomic neuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy in which the very small nerves are damaged. A number of conditions can lead to damage of the autonomic nerves. The most common cause is diabetes. About half of the people who have diabetes eventually develop some type of neuropathy.
Other causes may include:
- a chronic, progressive disease that can lead to nerve damage
- Poor diet of White rice, white flour, white sugar no fatty acids in diet.
- Infection from virus, mycoplasma type bacteria.
- Abnormal protein buildup in organs (amyloidosis and Celiac disease.)) which affects the organs and the nervous system
- Autoimmune diseases, in which your immune system attacks and damages parts of your body, including your nerves
- Some tumors, which can press on nerves and cause direct or remote damage (paraneoplastic syndrome)
- Multiple system atrophy, a degenerative disorder that destroys the nervous system
- Surgical or traumatic injury to nerves, injury can be from a car accident.
- Other chronic illnesses such as Parkinson's disease and HIV/AIDS
Having diabetes puts you at high risk of developing nerve damage, including autonomic neuropathy. The longer you have diabetes, the higher your risk. Risk is highest for people who've had the disease for more than 25 years, who are older than 40 and who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar.
Researchers currently think diabetes is a autoimmune disorder. In fact, the higher the blood sugar, the greater chance you have of nerve damage. Controlling blood sugar — keeping it as close to the normal range as possible — decreases the risk of developing nerve damage or helps keep it from progressing.When to seek medical advice
If you have diabetes, a compromised immune system or other chronic medical condition. Seek medical care promptly if you begin experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of autonomic neuropathy. If your doctor does not prescribe IVIg or tells you there is no treatment please contact us, we can help you even if your insurance denies IVIg.Please continue to page-3 small fiber neuropathy