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Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs when the peripheral nerves, which transmit signals from the brain and spinal cord to the limbs and organs, become damaged or diseased.

The signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can vary and may include:

  1. Tingling or numbness in the hands and feet.
  2. Sharp, burning, or aching pain in the affected areas.
  3. Decreased strength in the legs or feet, making it difficult to walk or maintain balance.
  4. Loss of sensation or touch, particularly in the extremities.
  5. Muscle wasting or reduced muscle tone in the affected areas.
  6. Twitching or cramping of muscles.
  7. Changes in skin color or temperature in the affected areas.
  8. Heightened sensitivity to touch, temperature, or pressure in the affected areas.
  9. Reduced or absent reflexes in the affected areas. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek medical advice in order to identify the underlying cause and receive the appropriate treatment.

When to consult a neurologist for peripheral neuropathy?

If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, you may want to consider seeing a neurologist if:

1. The symptoms persist and are becoming more severe over time.
2. You have a history of conditions that can lead to peripheral neuropathy, such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, or exposure to toxic substances.
3. You are experiencing new or worsening neurological symptoms, such as weakness, numbness, or difficulty speaking, along with peripheral neuropathy.
4. Over-the-counter or prescribed medications are not providing relief from symptoms.
5. The peripheral neuropathy is affecting your daily activities, such as walking or completing fine motor tasks.

Dr. Anand karnam, Neurophysician, can help diagnose the underlying cause of the peripheral neuropathy and provide appropriate treatment and management options. Early diagnosis and treatment of the underlying cause can improve outcomes in serious cases.