Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when these nerves malfunction because they're damaged or destroyed. This disrupts the nerves’ normal functioning. They might send signals of pain when there’s nothing causing pain, or they might not send a pain signal even if something is harming you. This can be due to:
• an injury
• systemic illness
• an infection
• an inherited disorder
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Peripheral Neuropathy depends on specific symptoms, physical examination and clinical evaluation. Blood tests that determine vitamin and blood sugar levels are conducted to check thyroid function. General physician may also suggest tests like CT scan and biopsy for confirming diagnosis. Nerve conduction study is the most common methods for diagnosing Peripheral Neuropathy
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY TREATED?
In most of the cases, Peripheral Neuropathy is treated through a combination of medication and medical treatments such as Plasmapheresis.
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