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What is peripheral neuropathy?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
A general term for: "nerve damage". It can take many forms--painful or a loss of sensation/numbness. The causes are multiple. Diabetes is the most common, but exposure to chemicals, neurological diseases, alcoholism, chemotherapy, are also significant causes.
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
Podiatry 9 years experience
In the extremities: The term peripheral neuropathy refers to nerve dysfunction of the extremities. A common example of a peripheral neuropathy would be a diabetic experiencing numbness in their feet.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Many possibilities: Peripheral neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
See below: The term peripheral neuropathy refers to nerve dysfunction of the extremities. A common example of a peripheral neuropathy would be a diabetic experiencing numbness in their feet.
Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
A general term for: "nerve damage". It can take many forms--painful or a loss of sensation/numbness. The causes are multiple. Diabetes is the most common, but exposure to chemicals, neurological diseases, alcoholism, chemotherapy, are also significant causes.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Nerve damage: Peripheral neuropathy is a condition caused by damage or dysfunction to nerves in your body's periphery (hands and feet primarily, as opposed to spinal cord and brain which are central nerves). Peripheral neuropathy is usually secondary, meaning it is caused by other diseases, injuries, or insults to the nerves, and there are hundreds of different causes.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Nerve damage: "nerve damage". It can take many forms--painful or a loss of sensation/numbness. The causes are multiple. Diabetes is the most common, but exposure to chemicals, neurological diseases, alcoholism, chemotherapy, are also significant causes.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I control peripheral neuropathy?

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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Rheumatology 21 years experience
It depends: It depends on the cause and there are several causes. Talk to your doctor for further detail.
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A 70-year-old female asked:

Can peripheral neuropathy be cured?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Peripheral neuropath: Is permanent once it starts. It can not be cured although treatments are available to decrease symptoms.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you deal with peripheral neuropathy?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Depend : On manefestations and cause of the neuropathy. If loss of sensation, feet need to be protected from excessive pressure and abnormal force. If due to deficiency, then that needs to be addressed. There are several medications that can be used to combat painful neuropathy. If a back condition is the cause, that may be treated.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can you die from peripheral neuropathy?

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Rare: Some causes of peripheral neuropathy affect the nerves to the muscles for breathing, or to the heart. However most neuropathies are uncomforable, but not lethal.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of peripheral neuropathy?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, including vitamin deficiency, medications, autoimmune disease, diabetes, alcohol, infections, inherited diseases and chemotherapy.

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