Your peripheral nervous system consists of a complex network of nerves that connects the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin, and internal organs. It has the vital job of sending information from your brain and spinal cord (or central nervous system) to the rest of your body. If these nerves become damaged or diseased, you can develop a disorder called peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in your arms and legs, and even cause pain. Early diagnosis is essential for managing the symptoms and for preventing any further damage to your peripheral nerves. This is why knowing the warning signs are so important. Follow along as we explore the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment options for peripheral neuropathy.
What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that happens when your nerves malfunction because they’re either damaged or destroyed. When this happens, your nerves don’t function as they should. This could result in false signals of pain when nothing is actually causing you pain.
In contrast, your nerves might not send any pain signals, even when something is harming you. Peripheral neuropathy is uncomfortable, however, there are treatments available that can be very helpful.