Peripheral neuropathy (new-ROP-uh-thee) is damage or disease to your peripheral nerves — the nerves that carry information to and from your brain and spinal cord and the rest of your body, such as your arms and legs. The peripheral nerves make up an intricate network that connects the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin, and internal organs.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.
To learn more about Neuropathy and other related diseases visit the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) website. The site provides a wide variety of educational information for patients, caregivers, clinicians and researchers to specific rare diseases. Information may also be located at the American Diabetes Association.
Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. Those with neuropathy often describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling. In many cases, symptoms improve, especially if caused by a treatable condition.
Every nerve in the peripheral system has a specific function; therefore, symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected. Nerves are classified as follows:
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
If autonomic nerves are affected, symptoms might include:
Peripheral neuropathy has many potential causes, so doctors are sometimes unable to pinpoint the exact cause of an acquired neuropathy. The diagnosis of neuropathy may include a physical exam, blood tests, imaging tests, nerve function test and a nerve and/or skin biopsy.
The treatment goal of neuropathy is to manage the condition causing your neuropathy and to relieve symptoms.
Medications can reduce the pain of peripheral neuropathy.
AZIV Infusion provides the following biologic injections and infusions in a convenient and comfortable setting for patients seeking treatment for Neuropathy:
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