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Warning Signs Of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves responsible for carrying messages to and from the spinal cord and brain and the rest of their body are damaged. Many factors cause it, including exposure to toxins, illness, trauma, infection, diabetes, poor nutrition, vitamin deficiency, chemotherapy, cancer, thyroid disease, kidney disease, shingles, autoimmune diseases, and certain medications. 

Peripheral neuropathy treatment includes pain medications and anti-seizure meds. Antidepressants for peripheral neuropathy are also possible. Patients may require a plasma exchange, physical therapy, and even surgery to cure peripheral neuropathy. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may also be a treatment option.

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Gradual Numbness In The Extremities

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Individuals can experience gradual numbness in the hands and feet when the sensory nerves in the area are damaged over time. Sensory nerves are the nerves outside the central nervous system. They are responsible for communicating changes in temperature, pain, touch, and vibration to the brain. The sensation may start as tingling or prickling feelings that come and go and progress to complete numbness. They may begin spreading upward to the arms or legs. 

Peripheral neuropathy does not usually cause symmetrical nerve damage. Thus, sensation in one hand may be stronger than a sensation in the other. The numbness in the extremities can also have a layered nature. Patients may feel as if they are wearing a pair of thick gloves or socks that impair the normal sensation in the upper layers of tissue.

Keep reading to learn more about the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy now.

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