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.
Uncommon names for Peripheral Neuropathy you may have heard before
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
What Triggers Peripheral Neuropathy?
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
- Post surgery
- Spinal stenosis, herniated or bulging discs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Exposure to toxins
- Statin (cholesterol lowering) drugs
- Lyme disease
- Genetic/hereditary neuropathy
“Our clinic focuses on treating the nerves that are causing your pain, weakness and loss of balance. These diseases or health conditions above should be evaluated by the appropriate health practitioner. As part of your health care team, I believe it is important that patients seek out medical care for their underlying condition that may be causing or contributing to their nerve pain.” Dr. Cary Chousky DC
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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.
Are you or someone you know experiencing any of the following signs of peripheral nerve damage? If yes, then give us a call to arrange a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Chousky. At the Chousky Centre, we focus on rehabilitating the nerves and reducing the pain of peripheral neuropathy.
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Nerve Pain in Your Fingers, Hands or Wrists
- Numbness in hands or wrists
- Tingling in fingers
- Burning pain in hands
Nerve Pain in Your Toes or Feet
- Numbness in feet
- Tingling in feet or toes
- Burning pain in feet
Nerve Pain in Your Legs
- Numbness in legs
- Tingling in legs
- Burning pain in legs
- Cramps in legs
- Restless leg symptoms
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