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Peripheral Nerve Disease Overview

Another name for Peripheral Nerve Disease is Peripheral Neuropathy.

What is peripheral neuropathy?
A person with peripheral neuropathy has damage to the nerves that carry information between the body and the spinal cord. Peripheral neuropathy is common in those with diabetes, alcoholism, and peripheral vascular disease.

What are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?
The most common symptom of peripheral neuropathy is leg numbness. Additional symptoms that may occur with peripheral neuropathy include leg weakness, leg swelling, foot swelling, leg pain, rash on the legs, skin ulcers, tremor, difficulty walking, and weak pulses in the wrists and feet.

How does the doctor treat peripheral neuropathy?
The treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, vitamin B supplements, and medications for pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, narcotic pain medications, tricyclic antidepressants, and anticonvulsants.

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Last Updated: Oct 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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