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Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is dysfunction resulting from damage to the peripheral nervous system, which carries information from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. The result is abnormal sensations such as numbness, pain, and tingling in the affected area. Treatment is necessary to prevent potentially serious complications.

Patients with peripheral neuropathy can rely on board-certified interventional pain management specialist Michael Pylman, MD, and the team at Lynx Healthcare to provide the highest level of care using the latest advancements in pain management.

Our experts have put together helpful information about peripheral neuropathy, including the most common cause you should know about. 

Peripheral neuropathy defined

The peripheral nervous system is made up of a network of nerves that branch out from the central nervous system and extend to various parts of the body. In patients with peripheral neuropathy, this system doesn’t work the way it should. The peripheral nerves become damaged in some way or are otherwise dysfunctional. 

Symptoms range from tingling to burning sensations. If you have peripheral neuropathy you’re likely to experience the following symptoms:

If there is damage to the nerves in the intestines or digestive tract you may experience constipation, diarrhea, or trouble swallowing. The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy mimic other conditions, making it vital to visit a specialist for an accurate diagnosis. 

Causes of peripheral neuropathy

There are many conditions that can lead to damage of dysfunction of the peripheral nerves. 

Some of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy are:

In some cases, a cause cannot be found. However, diabetes is by far the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy 

Diabetic neuropathy

People with diabetes are most at risk for peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy caused by diabetes is referred to as diabetic neuropathy. 

Over time, high blood sugar damages peripheral nerves as well as small blood vessels that supply nerves with oxygen and nutrients. It’s important that you work with your doctor to keep your blood sugar well-controlled. 

What are the complications of peripheral neuropathy?

The feet are most often affected in people with peripheral neuropathy, and those with the condition must take special care of their feet. Peripheral neuropathy reduces blood flow and can cause small cuts and bruises to turn into slow-healing open wounds. These wounds can become infected and lead to serious issues such as tissue death.

Peripheral neuropathy also causes potentially serious heart and circulatory problems such as cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN). This occurs when the nerves control circulation and heartbeat become damaged. 

Getting relief from peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy treatment depends on various factors, including your medical history. Neuropathy patients who visit Lynx Healthcare receive individualized treatment plans. Dr. Pylman employs various tools to provide patients with effective neuropathy management. 

Your treatment plan may involve:

Anyone struggling with symptoms of peripheral neuropathy shouldn’t hesitate to contact Lynx Healthcare. Give us a call at our office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, or you can request an appointment online today. 

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