Peripheral neuropathy is a painful condition that affects millions of people every year in the United States. It occurs when damage or disease has occurred in the nerves that carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to the entire body.
Peripheral nerves come from 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 radiate out to specific areas of the body.
This type of nerve damage can interrupt communication between the brain and other parts of the body. It also can impair muscle movement, inhibit normal feeling in the legs and arms, and cause pain which can sometimes be intense.
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy.
People develop peripheral neuropathy for several reasons. It can be acquired through diabetes, poor nutrition, disease, or infection. It also might be inherited, although this is not as typical.
And in some instances, the original cause of peripheral neuropathy is never established. This is called idiopathic neuropathy and as many as a third of all people in Los Angeles, CA, with peripheral neuropathy fall under this category.
Therapies for Peripheral Neuropathy.
Treatment options for peripheral neuropathy depends on the type and severity of the disorder. 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.
Alleviating the Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy.
Removing the suffering is generally top treatment priority because peripheral neuropathy can be such a painful condition.
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