Small nerve fiber irregularities can cause debilitating burning and shooting pain in the affected area(s) of the body, which can negatively impact your quality of life. The condition often begins in the lower extremities such as the feet and slowly ascends up the legs. In severe cases, it can affect the upper extremities including the hands. So, what causes small fiber neuropathy? Current research suggests that this condition develops from damaged myelinated and unmyelinated nerve fibers due to the existence of another comorbid condition such as HIV, diabetes, celiac disease, thyroid dysfunction, and other glucose dysregulation related disorders.
If you think that your patient might be suffering from small fiber neuropathy, contact us for advanced electrodiagnostics on Long Island today.
What are the symptoms of small nerve fiber irregularities?
- Pins-and-needles-like sensation in the feet
- Feeling like sand or a pebble is stuck in the shoe and cannot come out.
- Persistent burning pain
- Allodynia (a painful sensation from stimuli that do not usually cause pain).
- Hyperesthesia (an increase in sensitivity involving sight, touch, sound, and smell).
Symptoms arising from small nerve fiber irregularities of the autonomic nervous system and the digestive system include excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and dry eyes and/or mouth.
Do your patients have any of these symptoms? They might be suffering from a small fiber neuropathy. Contact us here to schedule an in-office consultation with Dr. George Resnick today!
How can we diagnose a small nerve fiber irregularity using advanced electrodiagnostics on Long Island?
Diagnostic practices involve electromyography and nerve conduction studies, skin biopsies, quantitative sensory testing (QST), and quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing (QSART).
Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services offers electromyography (EMG) testing, nerve conduction studies, and small nerve fiber/autonomic screenings in a mobile setting; traveling to your office for your patient’s convenience. Contact us today to make an appointment.