Small fiber neuropathy is a condition where a person gets severe pain attacks that usually start in the feet or the hands. Attacks usually consist of burning or tingling pains and a person with small fiber neuropathy cannot feel pain that is concentrated in a small area, such as being pricked by a pin. With a condition like small fiber neuropathy, one of the last things a person may want is to have to endure invasive and intense tests. Luckily, SUDOSCAN testing is quick and non-invasive, and overall a comfortable and easy experience.
What is SUDOSCAN Testing?
SUDOSCAN is a non-invasive tool used to detect small fiber neuropathy and autonomic dysfunction. It takes about 3-5 minutes and is a very gentle tool. You may feel a slight tingle, and possibly nothing at all. The process for testing is very simple and comfortable. You will be asked to remove your shoes and socks, and then you will stand on the sensor plates and then place your hands on the hand sensor plates. If you can't stand for 3 minutes without moving, your doctor may ask you to sit for the test.
SUDOSCAN activates the sweat glands on the palms and feet and measures the sweat that flows out in response. Your physician will use this information to confirm whether your symptoms are due to a neuropathy or something else. They may also use this information to assess a change in your medical status and evaluate why your treatment may or may not work.
Care Before Testing
Before getting tested, make sure that your palms and soles are clean and free of ointments, dirt, or lotions. Soap and water is always the easiest and most effective way to clean before SUDOSCAN testing. It is important to make sure that your hands and feet are completely dry before placing them on the plates.
Most everyone is eligible for SUDOSCAN testing. Many people wonder if it is okay to be tested while on certain medications or if you have a pacemaker, and while that is most likely fine, your doctor will go over any medications before testing, and will be present during testing.
If you feel that you may be suffering from small fiber neuropathy, make sure to call your doctor today to set up an appointment!