Over 20 million Americans suffer from at least one type of neuropathy, a problem caused by damage to the nerves located throughout the body.
Neuropathy interferes with your body’s ability to transmit messages to your muscles, skin, joints, and/or your internal organs. If it is ignored or mistreated, neuropathy can lead to irreversible health problems.
Neuropathy is the result of nerve damage and often causes numbness and pain in your hands and feet. People typically describe the pain of neuropathy as a tingling or burning sensation, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin glove.
One of the most common causes of neuropathy is diabetes. Neuropathy can also result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins.
What is neuropathy?
Peripheral – Beyond (in this instance, beyond the brain and the spinal cord.)
Neuropathy – neuro: related to the nerves
Neuropathy occurs when nerves that connect to the brain and spinal cord from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased. These damaged nerves in the brain and other parts of the body can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs, and cause severe pain.