Neuropathy - Consumer Justice Foundation


Written by Andrew Sarski on March 3, 2011
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The motor nerves are responsible for controlling muscle movement, and damage to motor nerves can cause muscle cramps, spasms and weakness. The sensory nerves are responsible for detecting sensations such as heat or pain, and sensory nerve damage may result in sensations like pinching, numbness, pain, and tingling. Individuals suffering from sensory nerve damage often report a sensation similar to wearing an invisible stocking or glove. As nerve damage worsens, the nerves may either lose their ability to transmit information, resulting in numbness, or the nerves may begin sending false signals, which may cause pain and tingling. This condition is called neuropathy. Although there are several factors which may contribute to the development of nerve damage, many cases of neuropathy are caused by zinc poisoning, or exposure to large amounts of zinc.

Neuropathy Described

Neuropathy describes a collection of disorders occurring when the nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged. The peripheral nervous system is the part of the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nerves are located mainly in the arms and legs. The symptoms associated with neuropathy depend largely on the nerves involved, as well as the location of the affected nerves in the body, but typically present as:

  • Unexplained pain and numbness in the feet and hands
  • Reduced strength or ability to move the legs, feet, hands or arms
  • Change in walking stride
  • Lack of balance
  • Instability

Neuropathy can result from several different factors, including metabolic disorders, traumatic injuries, infections, and exposure to poisons from toxins such as heavy metals. This condition can affect the motor nerves, which control muscle movement, or the sensory nerves, which detect sensations such as coldness or pain. One of the most common causes of neuropathy is excessive exposure to zinc, which can cause zinc poisoning and a copper deficiency, commonly resulting in debilitating neurological disorders like neuropathy.

Treatment of Zinc Poisoning Neuropathy

There are several traditional and alternative treatment methods available for individuals suffering from neuropathy, including drug therapy and the use of topical anesthetics like lidocaine or capsaicin. Unfortunately, these treatments merely cover up the symptoms associated with neuropathy, instead of actually treating the source of the condition. Regardless of the cause of neuropathy, it must be addressed. If the nerve damage is a result of exposure to potentially toxic substances, such as zinc-containing denture adhesives, use of the potentially defective product must be discontinued immediately. If left untreated, neuropathy can lead to permanent nerve damage, depression, chronic pain, and irreversible tissue damage and muscle atrophy.

Neuropathy Victim Legal Help

Approximately 20 million people suffer from neuropathy in the United States alone. Those individuals who suffer from this condition as a result of excessive exposure to toxins in defective products are not at fault and may be entitled to reimbursement for their injuries. If you or a loved one has developed neuropathy and you believe a potentially defective product like denture creams to be the cause, contact a defective product attorney as soon as possible. You should not be held responsible for your injuries, and a defective product lawsuit will seek financial compensation for the medical expenses associated with treatment of your condition and the pain and suffering incurred by you and your family. With the help of a qualified defective product lawyer, victims of neuropathy can collect the compensation they deserve.

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