Neuropathy is any disease of the peripheral nervous system (nerves in contrast to brain or spine). The term “neuropathy” frequently is interchanged with the condition of peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a disease that symmetrically affects the nerves in the feet and hands. While peripheral neuropathy is a type of neuropathy, other common types of neuropathy include median neuropathy (carpal tunnel syndrome), ulnar neuropathy(cubital tunnel syndrome), cervical and lumbar neuropathy (“pinched nerves” in neck and lower back).
- burning, tingling, electric pain
- lack of sensation
Your neurologist can often diagnose the type of neuropathy by taking your history. Sometimes the doctor will order labs, EMG/NCS (hyperlink) and/or MRI C spine will be done to verify the cause and extent of the condition
Ideally, the underlying cause can be treated. If not, there are effective medications to alleviate the neuropathic pain.