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 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?
The treatment is based on treating the underlying disorder. If diabetes is the cause, making certain that the blood glucose is controlled is important. If a vitamin deficiency is causing the problem, then correcting the deficiency is the treatment. Many treatments can bring relief and help you return to your regular activities. Sometimes a combination of treatments works best. Many prescription pain medications can also help to control the pain of this condition. Plasmapheresis is a blood transfusion that removes potentially irritating antibodies from your bloodstream. Ergonomic casts or splints provide pain relief.
DID YOU KNOW?
Alternative care like chiropractic care and acupuncture may provide relief from symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy