What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

In simple terms Peripheral Neuropathy means damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system; that is the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. It occurs when nerves are damaged or destroyed and can’t send messages to the muscles, skin and other parts.

Also known as a stocking and glove disease, it can affect the muscles that control movement in the arms, hands, feet or legs. It may also affect the sensory nerves that detect cold, hot or pain.

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What Triggers Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy Diagram

There are many causes for peripheral neuropathy. However there is also peripheral neuropathy of unknown origin (a.k.a. Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy). Listed below are just some common types of peripheral neuropathy triggers:

  • Nutritional or vitamin deficiencies – often a lack of B vitamins
  • Alcoholism can be a contributing factor
  • Tumours that can press on the nerves
  • Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Shingles
  • Post surgery
  • Spinal stenosis, herniated or bulging discs
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy
  • Statin (cholesterol lowering) drugs
  • Lyme disease
  • Genetic/hereditary neuropathy

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What Are the Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy?

Listed below are typical examples of peripheral neuropathy symptoms, broken down by body part. Neuropathic pain symptoms can range in severity, and many may worsen overnight.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Palm of Hand

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Wrist

Nerve Pain in Your Fingers, Hands or Wrists

  • Numbness in hands or wrists
  • Tingling in fingers
  • Burning pain in hands

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Foot

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Heel

Nerve Pain in Your Toes or Feet

  • Numbness in feet
  • Tingling in feet or toes
  • Burning pain in feet

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Leg

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Ankle

Nerve Pain in Your Legs

  • Numbness in legs
  • Tingling in legs
  • Burning pain in legs
  • Cramps in legs
  • Restless leg symptoms

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Lower Back

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptom - Neck

Nerve Pain in Your Lower Back or Neck

  • Neck or lower back ache
  • Dull neck or lower back pain
  • Sharp neck or lower back pain
  • Stiff neck or lower back pain
  • Constant soreness in neck or lower back