Orem Peripheral Neuropathy Introduction
The Mayo Clinic provided inspiration and some of the source material for this post.
Peripheral neuropathy is identified by nerve pain. People generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling.
Clinically its identified by the loss of vibration sense and the loss of pressure sensitivity.
Polyneuropathy is a symmetrical polyneuropathy usually in the feet and/or hands roughly the same area on both sides of the body. This is also the most common.
Polyneuropathy is frequently due to diabetes and alcohol. This is identified by the distribution, roughly the same presentation on right and left.
Mononeuropathy involves one nerve and is most often due to a nerve compression due to increased compartment tone. Also commonly due to injury. Examples of this would be carpal tunnel or ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow.
Mononeuriitis multiplex is not symmetrical and has no clear pattern. It could be in the face and left thigh.
One thing that is important in identifying the type of neuropathy is getting a good timeline of symptoms because if the neuropathy is not addressed and enough time goes by it will start looking like another pattern.
Autonomic neuropathy is due to a decreased blood supply to the area due to autonomic dysfunction.
Our autonomics is a part of our brain that controls automatic functions in our body. Breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, etc. If this gets messed up the body can't deliver blood and nutrients as it should and the nerve suffers.
This is not comprehensive, but a good introduction to peripheral neuropathy.
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