What is Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a very painful condition that affects millions of people every year in the United States. When damages or disease has occurred in the nerves that carry communications from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body, it occurs.
Peripheral nerves originate in the spinal cord and flow out along lines in the body called dermatomes. When one of these nerves becomes damaged, it can affect one or more dermatomes, causing pain to then emit out to specific areas of the body.
This form of nerve damage can interrupt communication between the brain and other portion of the body. It also can impair muscle movement, suppress normal feeling in the arms and legs, and cause pain which can sometimes be severe.
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 possibly be hereditary, although this is not as common.
And in some instances, the original cause of peripheral neuropathy is never determined. This is called idiopathic neuropathy and as many as a 3rd of all those in Buffalo, New York, with peripheral neuropathy fall under this category.
Treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy.
Treatment solutions for peripheral neuropathy depends on the type and severity of the problem. 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.
Eliminating the Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy.
Because peripheral neuropathy could be such a painful condition, stopping the suffering is generally top treatment priority.
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