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Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy describes a state where the peripheral nervous system nerves have been damaged. This condition can lead to the sensation of paresthesia in the patient.

Types

There are at least five specific classifications of peripheral neuropathy. Each one is different, such as by how it works, what leads to it, what kind of symptoms can present, or something else. The types are: autonomic neuropathy, mononeuritis multiplex, mononeuropathy, neuritis, and polyneuropathy. Keep in mind that the discussion on this page may refer to one or more of these types. At the same time, any given note is not necessarily related to any one of the particular classifications.

Symptoms

Paresthesia is one of the symptoms that can take place due to peripheral neuropathy. It can occur as numbness, tingling, etc. Other symptoms may also be present. The person may display tremors. It is possible for the patient to have gait abnormality (walking which is not normal). Pain can occur, which may include muscle pain (known as myalgia). Cramping of the muscles, as well as fasciculations, might also happen. A sense of tiredness or weakness is also possible.

Causes

Many different medical causes can lead to peripheral neuropathy. Some of the possibilities include genetic issues, such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is an example of an inflammator disease that can cause this situation. A vitamin B12 deficiency, as well as a lack of sufficient levels of other vitamins, can also lead to it. These are only a few of the potential underlying reasons.


Treatment

Before using a treatment method for peripheral neuropathy, please receive a diagnosis and prescribed treatment from a physician or other qualified individual. In many cases, treatment for this condition is symptomatic in nature -- that is, it focuses on relieving the symptoms that the person experiences. Depending on what the medical reason for the peripheral neuropathy is, various treatments may be aimed at resolving that underlying issue.

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