Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder related to the peripheral nervous system when the nerves malfunction because they are damaged or destroyed. When the nerves malfunction, they basically are unable to pass signals to the body organs including arms, legs, hands, feet, internal organs, mouth and face. Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be tingling in hands or feet, feeling that something is tightly wrapped around your extremities, sharp, stabbing pain, numbness, sexual dysfunction, digestive problems or excessive sweating.
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will first conduct a physical exam. Other tests such as blood tests and CT scan will help in ruling out other conditions that may cause similar symptoms. Nerve biopsy may be needed along with electromyography and nerve conduction study for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY TREATED?
Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy includes use of over the counter medications that help to reduce the pain. Alongside medicines for seizures and antidepressants are also given to such patients. Physiotherapy and massage helps to.
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