Peripheral Neuropathy is a disease that affects the peripheral nervous system, which consists of nerves that connect brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition in which these nerves malfunction and as a result signals from the brain are not transmitted properly to your arms, legs, internal organs, eyes, mouth and face. Symptoms are:
• Tingling in hands and feet
• Sharp stabbing pains
• Numbness of hands and feet
• Regular dropping of things from hands
• Drop in blood pressure
• Sexual dysfunction in men
• Excessive sweating
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician diagnoses Peripheral Neuropathy by conducting a physical examination and blood tests. In certain cases, the doctor may also perform CT scan, MRI to check for other causes of this disease.
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY TREATED?
Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy aims at addressing the underlying cause. Over the counter pain medication is given for symptomatic relief. Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation and wearing of ergonomic casts and splints are treatment options for Peripheral Neuropathy
DID YOU KNOW?
The best way to avoid and prevent it is by:
• avoiding alcohol or drinking it only in moderation
• avoiding smoking or quitting smoking if you smoke
• eating a healthy diet
• getting regular, moderate exercise