Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition characterized by damaged nerves that cause pain. When this condition affects one nerve, it is called mononeuropathy; when several nerves are affected, it is polyneuropathy; and when 2 or more nerves are involved in different areas, it is termed as multiple mononeuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a comparatively common disease that usually affects older people.

Causes

  • Alcoholism, which can lead to vitamin deficiencies.
  • Diabetes.
  • Infections, such as Lyme disease, shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, hepatitis C and HIV.
  • Exposure to poisons or toxic material.
  • Trauma or pressure to the nerve. These include motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, or falls, which can sever or damage peripheral nerves.
  • Vitamin B deficiencies.
  • Diseases, such as bone marrow disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, and autoimmune diseases.

Symptoms

  • Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, freezing or burning pain
  • Numbness, prickling, or tingling sensation in hands or feet
  • Lack of coordination
  • Sensitivity to touch
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