Peripheral nerves carry information to and from the brain. They also carry signals to and from the spinal cord to the rest of the body.
Peripheral neuropathy means these nerves don’t work properly.
Peripheral neuropathy may be damage to a single nerve. It may be damage to a nerve group. It may also affect nerves in the whole body.
Neuropathy is very common. There are many types and causes. Often, no cause can be found. Some nerves diseases run in families.
Diabetes is the most common cause of this type of nerve problem. High blood sugar levels over a long time can damage your nerves.
Other health conditions that may cause neuropathy are:
• Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
• Chronic kidney disease
• Liver infections
• Low levels of vitamin B12
• Metabolic disease
• Poisoning due to heavy metals, such as lead
• Poor blood flow to the legs
• Underactive thyroid gland
Other things that can lead to nerve damage are:
• Broken bone that affects a nerve
• Long-term, heavy alcohol use
• Glue, lead, mercury, and solvent poisoning
• Drugs that treat infections, cancer, seizures, and high blood pressure
• Pressure on a nerve, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
• Being exposed to cold temperatures for a long period of time
• Pressure from bad-fitting casts, splints, a brace, or crutches
The Neurology Center of New England specializes in diagnosis and treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy. Contact us today for more information.