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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Overview)

Peripheral neuropathy is a generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).


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Can you die from peripheral neuropathy?

Can you die from peripheral neuropathy?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
462 doctors shared insights

Peripheral Neuropathy (Overview)

Peripheral neuropathy is a generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).


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Can overheating be a symptom of peripheral neuropathy? Also, how is pn treated if pills don't work?

Can overheating be a symptom of peripheral neuropathy? Also, how is pn treated if pills don't work?

No: Peripheral neuropathy affects how the nerves in your limbs transmit sensation back to your brain. This means that you start to have pain or numbness without any external cause. Pn has nothing to do with appetite or dietary control. There is no treatment other than stopping the process that is causing the neuropathy if possible. Controlling diabetes, changing chemotherapy regimens etc. ...Read more

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Living with Neuropathy (Tip)

Living with Neuropathy

Exercise and increasing blood flow in the extremities can be beneficial for neuropathy symptoms. ...See more

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Are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy bad?

Are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy bad?

Sometimes: Numbness, tingling, and burning are the most frequent symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Many people describe it as when a foot that has "fallen asleep" is coming "back to life, " except all the time. Many people find it very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Depends: This can be a systemic disease process (neuropathy, hiv) affecting multiple nerves at once. Carpal tunnel affect the hand specifically, not the arm. You can have two pinched nerves possibly, but one tries to explain symptoms by the most simple explanation. Consider spinal cord issues, which would affect arm and leg simultaneously. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Living with Neuropathy (Tip)

Living with Neuropathy

B vitamins can sometimes help improve this. ...See more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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25 yo.No diabetes.no drinking. Diagnosed peripheral neuropathy unknown cause. Will it progreas. Will it affect breathing and heart? Docs not worried.

How much of a workup: Can you specify exactly how much of a workup was performed to discover the cause of your neuropathy? Personally, as a neurologist I do not like it at all when I have a young patient such as yourself with neuropathy for which I cannot discover the cause after an EXHAUSTIVE WORKUP. Similarly, I am cautious in interpreting what you say that your doc is not concerned that they cannot discover a cause ...Read more

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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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


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

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