Peripheral Neuropathy

Understanding Neuropathy Pain

Peripheral neuropathy is an agonizing condition that affects numerous people every year in the United States. When damage or disease has occurred in the nerves that carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, it occurs.

Peripheral nerves originate in the spinal cord and spread along lines in the body known as dermatomes. When one of these nerves becomes damaged, it can affect one or more dermatomes, causing pain to then propagate out to specific areas of the body.

This kind of nerve damage can interrupt communication among the brain and other parts of the body. It also can impair muscle movement, hinder normal feeling in the legs and arms, and cause pain which can sometimes be intense.

Sources Of Peripheral Neuropathy.

People develop peripheral neuropathy for several reasons. It may be acquired through diabetes, poor nutrition, disease, or infection. It also can be hereditary, although this is not as common.

And in some cases, the original cause of peripheral neuropathy is never determined. This is called idiopathic neuropathy and as many as a third of all individuals in Oceanside, NY, with peripheral neuropathy fall into this category.

Treatment Programs for Peripheral Neuropathy.

Treatment options for peripheral neuropathy depends on the type and severity of the condition. Some people respond to anti-seizure medications, while others benefit from antidepressants.

Capsaicin cream also is sometimes used to provide modest improvement in peripheral neuropathy symptoms.

Soothing the Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy.

Because peripheral neuropathy could be such a painful condition, minimizing the suffering is generally number one treatment priority.

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