Peripheral neuropathy is the damage in the peripheral nervous system. This system is responsible for communications between central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and every other parts of the body.
Peripheral nerves pass on sensory information to the brain (e.g. burning sensation being near to a flame), and it also carries information from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles to generate appropriate movement. Damage in the peripheral nerves distorts the signal conversations and thus entire voluntary movements like walking, talking, lifting or grasping things.
Peripheral neuropathy can be the result of various illnesses like injury, stress, diabetes, cancer, hormonal fluctuations and others.
- Numbness in hands and feet
- Weaker grip
- Stabbing pain
- Restricted muscular movements
- Tingling sensations
- Sexual disorientation
- Thinning of skin and others
Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels, vitamin intakes, exercise and healthy life style are the preventive measurements against peripheral neuropathy. In some cases, it is also treated with anti depressants, anti-seizure medications with pain relievers and in fewer cases with invasive treatments.