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Medical Treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy

The treatment options available for those suffering from any form of peripheral neuropathy depend entirely on extent of the damage done, and the root cause.
For those who are suffering from an inherited neuropathy, there is no direct medical cure currently in existence. For many of the neuropathy forms that have occurred as the result of disease or physical trauma, there are therapies such as calmare pain therapy that can be effective. The underlying condition and cause is treated first, switching to symptomatic treatment as the need arises.
Providing that the nerve cell itself has not been destroyed, the peripheral nerves of the body possess the ability to regenerate given enough time and no further damage. For neuropathy that was not inherited, it is possible to control the symptoms while working to eliminate the root cause to prevent more damage from occurring
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Physician monitored wellness
The first step towards treating neuropathy is to achieve a better quality of life through adopting healthy habits. This will lead to a more healthy body and thus lead the body to better be able to regenerate the nerves that are damaged. Often the physician will craft a workout and a diet regime to be followed in order to achieve better health, and the patient should in turn avoid the in-take of toxins such as alcohol and tobacco. Timely treatment of wounds that have been suffered, and of chronic medical conditions, is also critical to minimizing the damage to the nerves.
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What Are The Likely Causes Of Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is damage that has been sustained to the peripheral nervous system and has a multitude of causes.  There are a number of separate types of neuropathy; classified dependent on the nerves affected, and the exact method in which the nerves have been injured.

Neuropathy is very common for individuals to suffer due to the vast number of causes, and ranges in severity based on what has transpired. The methods that most often lead to peripheral neuropathies are as a result of systemic illness or localized trauma.
What is the most common cause of Peripheral neuropathy?
The cause of neuropathy in the peripheral system most commonly seen is the result of the body being under the effects of systemic illness for a lengthy period of time. The systemic illnesses that most often contribute to neuropathy are diabetes, lupus, and other autoimmune disorders. Diabetes causes this damage in a progressively worsening factor due to the imbalance in blood sugar within the body taxing the nerves over time. Diabetic neuropathy is the name given to this pattern of nerve degeneration.
What else can cause Peripheral neuropathy?
Another major cause of neuropathy, most often seen is cases of mononeuropathy, is to have the location containing the nerve physically compressed until the blood flow has been cut off from it. This most commonly occurs when an individual has remained in one position too long, and can be found in cases as simple as a “sleeping limb” producing a “pins and needles” feeling. While this can be easily remedied by changing positions, it has the potential to develop into a more serious case if blood flow cannot be re-established.
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    What is Peripheral Neuropathy? Classification & Differential Diagnosis

What is Peripheral Neuropathy? Classification & Differential Diagnosis

Classification, Differential Diagnosis – Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy at the most basic level can be defined as damage to any nerve, or nerve cluster, of the peripheral system of the body.
The peripheral system, and the nerves that comprise it, are the messengers carrying information from the brain to the spinal cord, and from the spinal cord to the surrounding areas of the body. Peripheral neuropathy has a multitude of causes stemming from genetic heritage, disease; trauma suffered to the nerves, and can even result solely as a side effect of systemic illness.
Peripheral neuropathy has a number of classifications dependent upon the nerves affected, the type of nerve damage suffered, the root process causing the damage, and finally on the extent of the damage itself.

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Peripheral Neuropathy: Mononeuropathy

The first classification is when only a single nerve has been affected, referred to as mononeuropathy. Often the root cause is a notable infection or a localized suffering of trauma, making this diagnostically distinguishable from polyneuropathy. This damage is most often caused by physical compression to the nerve, which notable examples being axillary nerve palsy and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Some individuals have experienced mononeuropathy without recognizing it when they have a limb “fall asleep” and they suffer the “pins and needles” sensation that accompanies it. This feeling is the result of physical compression cutting off blood supply to the nerve, causing a brief bout of mononeuropathy that can be remedied by re-positioning one’s own body.

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Peripheral Neuropathy: Polyneuropathy
The next classification, and logical successor, is when many nerve cells of the body are injured in various areas of the body. This polyneuropathy is most often the result of illness as […]

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