Peripheral neuropathy is a pain condition caused by damaged peripheral nerves. The peripheral nervous system is responsible for sending information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The condition usually causes debilitating pain and other symptoms that primarily affect the hands and feet.
Peripheral Neuropathy Causes
Traumatic injuries, infections, complications from surgery, metabolic issues, exposure to toxins, or genetics may cause peripheral neuropathy. The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes mellitus.
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy depend on the nerves that have been affected. One or more nerve types (i.e. sensory, motor and automatic nerves) may be impacted by the condition. Therefore, symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may include:
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Sharp or burning pain throughout body
- Increased sensitivity to touch
- Lack of coordination and balance
- Muscle weakness
- Bladder or digestive problems
- Changes in blood pressure