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Doctor insights on: Peripheral Neuropaty

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Do we have the technology to visualise nerves to find neuropathies, or is there any in research/development?

Do we have the technology to visualise nerves to find neuropathies, or is there any in research/development?

Depends on location: Mri certainly can be used to visualize larger nerves, and is particularly good for the cranial nerves. Some of the peripheral nerves like those of the brachial plexus can also be visualized. With special sequences and contrast studies, it is possible to detect abnormalities consistent with neuropathies. There is research being done looking at blood factors (antibodies) that can cause neuropathies. ...Read more

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What are axonal neuropathies?

What are axonal neuropathies?

Many causes: Axonal neuropathy is a classification of neuropathy that affects the nerve axon. The axon makes up the inner fibers of a nerve. Many different conditions can cause axonal neuropathy, including toxins (alcohol, certain chemicals), endocrine/hormonal conditions (diabetes, thyroid disease), nutritional deficiencies, and many others. ...Read more

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What are diabetic neuropathies?

What are diabetic neuropathies?

Poor nerve function: Nerve disease/damage thought to be caused by poor blood supply to nerves &/or high blood sugar. There are 2 types of neuropathy: peripheral and autonomic. Peripheral causes loss of feeling in hands/feet, weakness & imbalance. This can lead to wound development & possible amputation. Autonomic leads to heart problems, problems w/ body temp, erectile dysfunction, dry skin, & digestive problems. ...Read more

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When a man has compression neuropathies, what does it mean?

When a man has compression neuropathies, what does it mean?

Pressure: Usually a compression neuropathy means that something is pushing on a nerve. Sciatica is common - frequently a disc in the spine puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of compression neuropathies?

What are the most common symptoms of compression neuropathies?

Numbness, tingling: Compression of nerves interferes with their circulation, causing numbness and tingling. When severe or chronic it can cause constant or permanent loss of sensation and muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Are there things I can do for compression neuropathies at home?

Try a brace: The most common compression neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a pinched nerve in the wrist that causes numbness and tingling in her fingers. You can try wearing a wrist brace that you can buy over-the-counter in the pharmacy. Wear the brace at night when you sleep, this prevents the wrist from bending down this takes the pressure off the nerve relieving the symptoms. ...Read more

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My sister has compression neuropathies. Should I be worried about it?

Most Likely: The most common compression neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome. Compression neuropathies can be mild and no problem or can be severe leading to permanent tingling, numbness, and weakness. What area is the compression neuropathy? And how symptomatic is she? ...Read more

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Do you know of any new treatment for compression neuropathies?

Endoscope: Depending on what nerve compressed. The usual treatment needs to be getting rid of the compression. Some nerves can be decompressed via a minimally invasive way or endoscope. ...Read more

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What are the various groupings (proximal, etc.) of diabetic neuropathies?

What are the various groupings (proximal, etc.) of diabetic neuropathies?

Diabetic neuropathy: There are four types of diabetic neuropathy: -peripheral neuropathy -autonomic neuropathy -radiculoplexus neuropathy -mononeuropathy symptoms vary depending on the type of diabetic neuropathy. ...Read more

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