Peripheral nervous system is a vast communication network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to all other parts of the body. Like static on a telephone line, disorders of peripheral nerves distort or disrupt the messages between the brain and the rest of the body. There are over 100 types of disorders of peripheral nerves. These may affect one or many nerves.
Peripheral neuropathy is described as the damage to the peripheral nervous system. Peripheral nerves also return sensory information to the brain and spinal cord. Damage to the peripheral nervous system causes interference to these important connections.
- Tingling or burning sensation in hands or feet
- A feeling of wearing a tight glove or sock
- Sharp, stabbing pains
- Difficult to control pain that worsens in night
- Muscle cramps twitching
- Numbness in hands or feet
- Weak, heavy-feeling arms and legs
- Locking of legs or arms
These are some of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. The diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy is difficult. A detailed medical history of the patient is required. They should be screened to identify the cause of neuropathic disorder and others to determine the degree and type of nerve damage.
Diagnosis is done by the following tests like:
- Blood test to measure vitamin, blood sugar levels, and thyroid function
- A urinalysis
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Nerve conduction study
- Nerve biopsy
The treatments include:
- Pain medications
- Controlling a chronic or underlying condition may eliminate neuropathy
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