What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system (the part of the nervous system outside of the brain and spinal cord) are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons. Neuropathy usually causes pain and numbness in the hands and feet. It can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic disorders, and exposure to toxins.
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One goal of treatment is to manage the condition causing your neuropathy. If the underlying cause is corrected, the neuropathy often improves on its own. Another goal of treatment is to relieve the painful symptoms.
Many types of medications can be used to relieve the pain of peripheral neuropathy. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) may help to relieve symptoms.
Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms
Sharp, jabbing or electric-like pain
Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
Skin, hair or nail changes
Lack of coordination
Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
Heat intolerance if autonomic nerves are affected
Bowel, bladder or digestive problems if autonomic nerves are affected
Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness, if autonomic nerves are affected.