Medical Q&As

Peripheral neuropathy?

I suffer from peripheral neuropathy and would like to know if there have been any advances in finding a cure for it?

Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves. The peripheral nerves are the nerves that extend to the extremities and neuropathy usually occurs in the nerves extending into the lower limbs. Peripheral nerves can have a motor and sensory component. The motor function refers to relaying messages to the muscles from the brain and the sensory function refers to the relaying of sensory messages from the limbs back to the brain. A person with peripheral neuropathy will usually complain of reduced or altered sensation. I am not aware of any new treatments that can reverse the damage that has already happened however the progress of the condition can be slowed by controlling the underlying disease process that is causing the neuropathy. It can arise in association with many diseases such as diabetes, severe vitamin deficiency, brucellosis, tetanus, lead poisoning, trauma and excessive alcohol consumption to name but a few.