Peripheral Neuropath

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy refers to damage of the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. These nerves play a crucial role in connecting the central nervous system to the rest of the body, transmitting signals related to sensation and muscle movement. There are many reasons why we develop peripheral neuropathy. Infections such as shingles, HIV, or Lyme disease can lead to damage of the peripheral nerves. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes can cause damage to nerve cells by damaging their microcirculation. Vitamin deficiency, alcohol abuse and exposure to toxins can also lead to peripheral neuropathy.

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary but often include:

  • Tingling or numbness: Especially in the hands or feet.
  • Burning or shooting pain: Can be constant or intermittent.
  • Muscle weakness: Difficulty with coordination and balance.
  • Sensitivity to touch: Even light touch can be painful.
  • Loss of reflexes: Reduced or absent reflexes.

Peripheral Neuropathy falls under the category of chronic pain. Long standing chronic pain can cause secondary depression, anxiety and stress as patients might be limited in the activities that they can perform including mobility and social interactions. The depression can then lead to loss of sleep and changes in appetite and suicidal ideation.