Peripheral neuropathy refers to the many conditions that involve damage to the nerves. Symptoms can range from mild to disabling. More than 20 million people in the United States have been estimated to have some form of peripheral neuropathy. More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified
Symptoms are related to the type of nerves affected. Neuropathy causes tingling, numbness, weakness, loss of position etc. Neuropathic pain is sometimes worse at night, disrupting sleep.
Diabetes is the leading cause in the United States. Other causes include: Vascular problems, autoimmune diseases, kidney and liver disorders, vitamin imbalances, alcoholism, certain cancers, chemotherapy, radiation therapy etc.
Medical history, physical and neurological exam, laboratory testing, EMG/ Nerve conduction studies, imaging studies etc.