What is Peripheral Neuropathy?
The peripheral nerves are a network of nerve endings that connects the brain and spinal cord to the muscles, skin and internal organs. Peripheral neuropathy refers to the medical condition resulting when the nerves that connect the body to the brain and spinal cord are damaged or diseased. Damage to these nerves interrupts communication between the brain and other parts of the body and can impair muscle movement, prevent normal sensation in the arms and legs, and cause pain
There are many causes of peripheral neuropathy. Some of the more common causes are:
- Certain types of cancer
- Certain medications
- Infections such as Lyme Disease