Neuropathy refers to a collection of disorders that occur when nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and is most commonly due to the damage of nerve axons. As a result, the peripheral nerves are inhibited from working correctly and may cause tingling or pain in the extremities. In this article we will discuss the signs and symptoms, causes, risk factors, complications, tests and diagnosis for neuropathy.
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Neuropathy Signs & Symptoms
Signs and symptoms associated with Fixodent-induced neuropathy include:
- Numbness, pain, or tingling in the extremities
- Problems balancing
- Loss of sensation
- Unexplained pain
- Decreased walking stride
Fixodent is an extremely popular denture adhesive used by millions of Americans every day. However, recent studies suggest that excessive use of denture creams such as Fixodent may cause copper deficiency, nerve damage, and a serious nerve disorder called neuropathy. There have been reports that denture wearers may absorb the zinc contained in denture cream through their gums, causing zinc poisoning and copper depletion, which can lead to life-threatening nerve damage and neuropathy.
Neuropathy Risk Factors
Neuropathy risk factors include:
- Zinc poisoning onset by the excessive use of denture creams like Fixodent
- Poorly controlled diabetes
- Excessive intake of alcohol
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Infections (Lyme disease, shingles, Epstein-Barr, hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS)
- Kidney, liver or thyroid disorders
- Toxic exposure
- Chronic physical stress
Neuropathy complications include the following:
- Reduced Sensation: Because neuropathy may inhibit typical feeling sensations, you are less susceptible to feeling things like changes in temperature or an injury.
- Infection: Due to a lack of sensation, it is important to inspect your body for infections before they become serious. Those with diabetes need to be more cautious because they heal more slowly.
Neuropathy Tests & Diagnosis
In order to diagnose neuropathy, doctors will conduct the following tests:
- Blood tests
- Nerve biopsy
- Image tests
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Do I have a Neuropathy Lawsuit?
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Again, if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with neuropathy after using Fixodent or any other denture cream, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-(949) 557-5800. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.