In Peripheral Neuropathy the nerves, which are responsible for carrying signals from the brain to different body parts are damaged. These nerves go through the spinal cord and cause conditions like Ulnar nerve palsy and Peroneal nerve palsy. Symptoms here include problem with heart blood vessels, intestines and also malfunctioning of various kinds of organs. There is also numbness, loss of sensation and tingling feeling experienced.
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?
The treatment is based on treating the underlying disorder. If diabetes is the cause, making certain that the blood glucose is controlled is important. Similarly, if the condition is due to vitamin deficiency, treating the deficiency can help. Pain medications and other drugs are given for specific symptoms.
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