Peripheral Neuropathy: When the Numbness, Weakness, and Pain Won't Stop (PDF)
Introduction: What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY REFERS to any affliction of the peripheral nerves. These nerves span the body, similar to wires in an electrical network, and connect the skin, joints, muscles, and internal organs to the brain and spinal cord, which make up the central nervous system. Peripheral refers to the fact that these nerves lie outside the central nervous system so that they are distinguished from central nerves.
The symptoms of neuropathy can vary, but they constitute a limited repertoire. If you talk to ten people with neuropathy, you may hear ten different sets of symptoms, but if you ask another 100, you will probably hear the same ten. The symptoms can be subtle at first, with numbness or tingling in the toes, a sensation as if you are wearing socks and gloves, or that you are walking on sponges or rolled-up socks. You might step on a sharp object or cut yourself, and realize that you do not feel any pain. Alternatively, you could experience burning, stinging, or shooting pains in your feet or all over your body, with the pain sometimes so severe that you cannot sleep or think about anything else. Your gait may stiffen and become less fluid, or you might find that your stance is widened or that you tend to lean against a chair or wall when standing, to maintain your balance. Buttoning a shirt, turning a key, or tying your shoelace may become difficult, or your legs might be too weak for you to get up or walk. These seemingly diverse symptoms are all due to peripheral neuropathy. To understand why this is happening, it is necessary to have some understanding of what the peripheral nervous system does and how it works.
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