Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder that occurs when nerves malfunction because they are damaged or destroyed. Nerves might send signals of pain when there is nothing causing pain, or they might not send a pain signal even if a painful stimulus is given. This can be caused by injury, systemic illness, infection, or may be associated with an inherited disorder.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:
- tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- a feeling like you are wearing a tight glove or sock
- sharp, stabbing pains
- weak, heavy-feeling arms and legs
- regularly dropping things from your hands
- shock like sensation
- difficulty putting buttons or wearing slippers
- a drop in blood pressure- feeling dizzy on standing
- sexual dysfunction, especially in men
- digestion difficulties
- loose motions
- excessive sweating
One of the most common diseases producing peripheral neuropathy is diabetes which is very common in our country. The diagnosis is made using blood tests, nerve conduction study and sometimes by nerve biopsy. Treatment consists of medications and also treatment of the cause of the neuropathy. There are medications available to minimize progression of diabetic neuropathy.
Dr P R Krishnan is a leading Neurologist in Bangalore specialized in Treating patients suffering from Peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy. Dr P R Krishnan consults at Bannerghatta road in Bangalore.