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Doctor insights on: Mild Peripheral Neuropathy

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Is it true you can be diagnosed with a mild form of peripheral neuropathy and be fine?

Is it true you can be diagnosed with a mild form of peripheral neuropathy and be fine?

Quite true: Yes, you can have mild, so called "subclinial" neuropathy which is detectable by instruments only and does not reach the level of being perceived by you. ...Read more

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I have mild tingling on my right cheek the day after drinking alcohol. Worried it's peripheral neuropathy or TIA. Or it could be panic attack.

I have mild tingling on my right cheek the day after drinking alcohol. Worried it's peripheral neuropathy or TIA. Or it could be panic attack.

Doubtful: although alcohol can cause a peripheral neuropathy usually one does not drink it and have the symptoms the next day. It is usually a long term effect of many drinks - not just one. And you should see a neurologist if you are concerned about this. It could be a TIA. It could be RIND. It could even be a small stroke. Do you have any weakness or vision problems? see a doctor if you are. ...Read more

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Peripheral neuropathy = what?

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. ...Read more

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What is peripheral neuropathy?

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. ...Read more

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What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Many causes: There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy. Common causes are elevated blood sugar, alcohol, and vitamin B12 deficiency. A common "cause" is idiopathic neuropathy, meaning the cause cannot be found. Other causes include medicine side effects, certain kinds of infections, cancer, inherited causes, chemical exposure, and changes in blood chemistry. ...Read more

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Can peripheral neuropathy be cured?

Can peripheral neuropathy be cured?

No: A true peripheral neuropathy, once it develops, can not be cured. Other conditions such as nerve entrapment may mimic symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and can be corrected. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Definition)

Peripheral neuropathy is a generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

Injury or damage to a nerve. A common cause ...Read more