Peripheral neuropathy had been associated to fibromyalgia in many ways. In fact, some suggest that it may be the root cause of fibromyalgia. But what is peripheral neuropathy and how does this affects fibro sufferers? Read on to find out.
What is Peripheral Neuropathy
Neuropathy is a disorder that is related to the nerves and could extend all throughout your body’s peripheries. Your nerve connects your body to your brain which is is responsible behind the physical sensations you feel, such as pain. A fault in this link could lead to many problems.
It is your nerves that transmit signals from your skin to your brain. Your brain will then interpret this and send a message back down to the nerves. This is the reason why you feel pain in your hands whenever you touch a something hot or sharp. You are not really feeling the pain in your hand, but the sensation of pain comes from your brain. Your brain merely relies from the signals of your hand to let you know if you are injured or hurting.
With fibromyalgia, this normal process of pain is disrupted somewhere along the way. Many experts believe that the problem lies in the central nervous system however recent studies suggest that problem could be due to small nerve impairment in the skin.