Peripheral Neuropathy occurs when peripheral nerves become diseased or damaged. These nerves are responsible for carrying messages from the brain and spinal cord to the various parts of the body and back again.
When the peripheral nerves are damaged, communication between the brain and the body is interrupted, so your muscle movement will be impaired, there will be pain, and you will be unable to experience normal sensations within the legs and arms.
Peripheral neuropathy can be the result of systemic illness, infection, inherited disorders, or injuries.
Common signs of peripheral neuropathy include:
You may also sense pain when there is nothing actually sending a pain signal, or you may not feel anything even if something is hurting you.
Once your doctor is able to determine the underlying cause of your peripheral neuropathy, he or she will be able to design a treatment plan that will target that cause.
Treatments can provide relief and allow you to return to normal activities, but you may need to approach this disorder with a combination of treatments. Options include pain medicine, prescription medications, transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation, and ergonomic splints or casts.