What exactly is peripheral nervous system? (PNS.)

Your peripheral nervous system connects from the central nervous system to the rest of the body. This includes the extremities like arms, hands, feet and legs, and of course the mouth, face and internal organs. These nerves deliver signals regarding all physical sensations, back to your brain.

Should the nerves in the PNS malfunction due to damage, or even be destroyed, because of a serious infection, or possible nerve damage caused by uncontrolled diabetes, and the process of the PNS is interrupted, contact with the brain may lost.

Peripheral means at the ends, so it applies more specifically to the extremities, such as the hands and feet, and also the sensory parts of the genital areas.

Some symptoms of PNS disorders

Here are some of the more common symptoms of PNS nerve damage.

  • People with peripheral neuropathy usually describe the symptoms as pain in the hands and feet which is stabbing, burning or tingling.
  • Numbness and loss of sensation in extremities such as the hands or feet.
  • If you often unexpectedly drop things from your hands.
  • A weak feeling in the arms and legs, which seem to hinder free movement.
  • A lack of feeling, and burning in ends of fingers and toes, also after chemotherapy treatment.

More serious symptoms may include vision problems when the optic nerves are damaged, a reduction in kidney function, and possible heart problems.

How PNS nerve damage can affect sexuality

  • Can lower the sensations in the outer genitalia during sex. This issue affects both men and women.
  • This decreases sexual desire and libido.
  • Might interfere with maintaining an erection.
  • Can challenge the ability to embrace and actually engage in sexuality.
  • Neurological difficulties may also affect ejaculation and climax issues.

Depending on the severity of the disorder, some people may find it difficult to keep urinary control during sexual encounters, as bladder nerves could be damaged.

What is the main cause of problems in the peripheral nervous system?

Research has conclusively shown that poorly controlled diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy.

High blood sugar levels cause damage to the tiny blood vessels that supply oxygen to the extremities, and to essential organs such as the eyes, kidneys and heart. 

The loss of sensation, tingling and pain in the hands and feet, are sometimes blamed on poor circulation, which is incorrect. Poor circulation has to do with the heart and arteries, and nothing to do with the PNS.

Medical experts agree that diabetes which is not effectively managed, may be the chief cause of PNS disorders, which can include erection issues and low libido.

Take action now

If you suspect that you may be a candidate for diabetes, have a blood test to establish whether you already are diabetic, or pre-diabetic.

If results show that you are indeed in the danger zone, ask your doctor what you can do to help manage the problem, and lower the risk of debilitating problems like peripheral nerve system disorder.

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