Neuropathy is a disease that damages the nerves in the nervous system that lead to pain, weakness, numbness or tingling, usually in the hands and feet. There are many causes of neuropathy which includes diabetes, B12 vitamin deficiency, chemotherapy, cancer, injuries, infection, kidney disease, inflammatory disease, and idiopathic. A discussion is required with a doctor for treatment and assistance with the diagnosis of neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy, however, is damage to the peripheral nervous system. This nervous system is one of two systems that make up bilateral animals. It is a vast communication network that extends past the central nervous system of the spinal cord and brain, and into the organs and limbs. Peripheral neuropathy is when the nerves that connect to the limbs are damaged which can lead to severe agony and the signals cannot be transmitted effectively. This could result in poor circulation in one’s hands or feet, which can be painful and have a cold sensation in the limbs due the motor signals not communicating to the muscles to aid with blood flow.
There are a number of treatments that are available after speaking to the doctor regarding assistance. Lymphatic drainage is a highly recommended therapy as it helps move the toxins from the limbs and assists with circulation as the muscles lack the ability to do it themselves. Allied Health is also suggested, with the assistance of physiotherapy for exercise and strengthening, and occupational therapists to aid with mechanical assistance such as walking sticks or mobility walkers.