Acute and Sub-acute Peripheral Neuropathy
neuropathy, in its most common form, causes pain and numbness in your hands and feet. The pain typically is described as tingling
or burning, while the loss of sensation often is compared to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.
can result from such problems as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most
common causes of the disorder is diabetes.
In many cases, peripheral neuropathy symptoms improve with time — especially if it's caused by an underlying
condition that can be resolved. Medications initially designed to treat other conditions, such as epilepsy and depression,
are often used to reduce the painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
Your nervous system is divided into two
broad categories. Your central nervous system consists of your brain and spinal cord. All the other nerves in your body are
part of your peripheral nervous system, which includes:
- Sensory nerves to receive feelings such
as heat, pain or touch
nerves that control how your muscles move
nerves that control such automatic functions as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder function
Most commonly, peripheral neuropathy begins in the longest nerves — the ones that reach to your toes.
Specific symptoms vary, depending on which types of nerves are affected. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Gradual onset of numbness and tingling
in your feet or hands, which may spread upwards into your legs and arms
- Burning pain
jabbing or electric-like pain
sensitivity to touch, even light touch
- Muscle weakness or
paralysis if motor nerves are affected
or bladder problems if autonomic nerves are affected
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