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TYPES OF NEUROPATHY
Neuropathy, often referred to as Peripheral Neuropathy, is a condition in which nerves are damaged, causing them to malfunction. This results in one or more symptoms, including pain, burning, numbness, tingling and loss of balance.
Common Types of Neuropathy
The most common form of neuropathy is Peripheral Neuropathy, a condition where the nerves in the periphery (outer part of the body) have degenerated and can cause problems in the feet, toes, legs, hands and arms on both sides of the body. Peripheral Neuropathy subdivides into three main classifications:
- Mononeuropathy: where a single nerve is involved.
- Multiple mononeuropathy: two or more nerves are individually affected.
- Polyneuropathy: generalized involvement of the peripheral nerves. This last one is the most common form of peripheral neuropathy.
Neuropathy is often categorized by what “appears” to be the cause of the neuropathy, such as:
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Alcoholic Neuropathy
- Idiopathic Neuropathy (Idiopathic means the cause is unknown)
Neuropathy is also classified by the type of nerves that have been damaged. Examples of this include:
- Autonomic Neuropathy: neuropathy of the intestinal tract, bladder or genitals.
- Motor Neuropathy: where the nerves responsible for voluntary movement are affected.
- Small Fiber Neuropathy: where the nerve fibers near the skin's surface responsible for carrying sensation are damaged.
- Ulnar Neuropathy: neuropathy affecting the ulnar nerve, the nerve near the ulnar bone in the lower arm.
What is the Next Step?
Now that you know more about neuropathy, here are your choices:
You can continue on with what you've been doing, or
You can take action today, right now, and change your life, by learning more about what you can do about it.
Fortunately, your body is very resilient and operates in a very intelligent manner, if you give it the right fuel and the right nutrients, it will respond very quickly.
MORE NEUROPATHY INFORMATION RESOURCES
Here are some links to futher information about neuropathy.