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What Is Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease?

Often, when you hear about peripheral neuropathy, you hear about ways in which the body's nerves have become damaged. Sometimes that damage is caused by outside influences, such as the radiation in chemotherapy. Other times it is caused by conditions people develop over time, such as diabetes or fibromyalgia. But in some rarer cases, peripheral neuropathy can be genetic. Such is the case with peripheral neuropathy caused by Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease, a rare but inherited peripheral nerve disorder. Here's what you should know about CMT disease.

Named for Jean-Martin Charcot, Pierre Marie and Henry Tooth, the scientists who discovered the disease in 1886, CMT disease affects your peripheral nerve system. Located on the spinal cord and the surface of the brain, the peripheral nerves are responsible for linking your central nervous system to the rest of your body. When the peripheral nerve system is working correctly, the peripheral nerves send signals to the body that allow a person to feel sensations like pain, touch, hot and cold. However, when a person has CMT disease, their nerves cannot send those messages, and as a result the affected person may not have sensation in their limbs or may experience other symptoms such as weakness in the limbs.

There are five different types of CMT disease: CMT1, CMT2, CMT3, CMT4 and CMTX. Though they all affect the body in similar ways, each type of CMT disease has a different root cause, each rooted in the genes.

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease usually appears in childhood or adolescence. People affected with this disease often have difficulty doing everyday tasks such as walking or even standing. Persons with CMT also frequently struggle with taking high steps and may fall or trip frequently. Though most peripheral neuropathy is not detectable on the outside, CMT patients often have visible signs of the illness such as hammertoes, high arches or inverted lower legs.

The illness does not affect just the feet and legs, either. With time it often spreads to the hands, arms and even the tongue.

There is no cure for CMT disease, and like many other causes of peripheral neuropathy, the only medical "treatment" for this illness is treating the symptoms with medication that could be habit forming or have negative side effects. At Restore Wellness, Dr. Nathaniel Weller and his team work to treat peripheral neuropathy from all causes with natural and holistic options that are less invasive and more effective.

To learn more about how Dr. Weller and Restore Wellness can treat your peripheral neuropathy, please contact us at 480-751-1629.

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