Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

The signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy depend on the nerve that is damaged and whether one or several nerves or the whole body is affected.

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include:

  • Pain and Numbness: A tingling or burning sensation in the arms and legs may be an early indication of peripheral neuritis. These sensations usually begin in the toes and feet. Partial loss of feeling in the arms and legs may occur. For example, you may not notice if something that you have touched is too hot or too cold.
  • Problems with Muscles: Nerve damage can result in weakness in certain parts of the body. It can also make muscle control more difficult. For example, you may have problems trying to move a part of your body or your legs may buckle causing you to fall. You may also experience muscle twitches and cramps.
  • Problems with Different Organs: Nerve damage can affect different organs of the body. You may suffer from chronic indigestion or acidity or vomit undigested food. Stools may be either loose or hard. Damage to the nerves connected to the heart may make you feel lightheaded.
  • Sexual Problems: Men may have problems getting and sustaining an erection. Women may have problems like vaginal dryness.
  • Problems with Bladder Control: You may leak urine or not be able to tell when your bladder is full.
  • Consult a doctor immediately if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further damage to the affected nerves and increases your chances of recovery.

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