“Peripheral” means further out from the center of the body. Distant from Brain and Spinal Cord.
“Neuro” means nerves
“Pathy” means abnormal
The 7 signs of Peripheral Neuropathy are:
• Burning Feet
• Sharp Electric Pain
• Pain When Walking
• Difficulty Sleeping From Leg Discomfort
• Prickling / Tingling Feelings
The symptoms depend on which type of nerve is affected. The three main types of nerves are:
• Those that carry sensations (sensory)
• Those that control muscles (motor)
• Those that carry information to organs and glands (autonomic)
Damage to sensory fibers results in changes in sensation, burning sensations, nerve pain , tingling or numbness, or an inability to determine joint position, which causes in-coordination.
For many neuropathies, sensation changes often begin in the feet and progress toward the center of the body with involvement of other areas as the condition worsens. Diabetes is a common cause for sensory neuropathy.