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{October 1, 2009}   What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Poly means many and in many cases polyneuropathy affects both the hands and feet equally. You can have peripheral neuropathy from damage to one nerve from surgery. This could be like numbness or tingling in the hands or feet and upward. 

Mono means mone nerve is affected from damage to the blood vessels to the nerve, pressure on the nerve, or even trauma to the nerve.  In this case it is called mononeuropathy. This could be caused from carpal tunnel, ulnar, peroneal, and sciatic.

What are typical symptoms?  If the motor nerves are involved you may feel weakness, clumsiness, difficulty opening jars, will drop things, trip, stumble, and may have trouble even getting up from a sitting position.

If sensory nerves are involved you may have a numbness or loss of feeling, tingling, buzzing, a feeling of electricity or a vibration sensation, sharp or stabbing pain, or burning sensation.

If the automic nervous system is affected you could feel faint, light headed, have loss of sexual function, loss of bowel or bladder, and may sweat a lot in your hands and feet. 

What are the causes? radiation, chemo, autoimmune diseases as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, ms, Guillain Barre Syndrome, shingles, leoprosy, inherited tendencies, trauma, overuse of muscles and nerves, or may have a tumor.


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