Symptoms of Neuropathy


Peripheral neuropathy causes weakness, numbness or tingling, and pain. These symptoms are most often found in the hands and feet, known as a “glove and stocking” pattern, but can affect any area of the body, and is a result of damage to your peripheral nerves. Peripheral neuropathy, especially in the classic glove and stocking pattern, is typically a result of diabetes – diabetic neuropathy – but can be caused by several factors, as well, including traumatic injuries, infections, inherited causes, and exposure to toxins. It happens when nerves have adapted in an effort to survive in a less than ideal condition. They have reduced their length and volume and the gaps between the nerves were expanded. Normal nerve signals can no longer jump this now enlarged gap. Your body is a large network of these nerves that connects your skin and muscles to your brain, constantly sending information and commands back and forth. When these gaps appear and the normal signals are no longer able to travel on the network, your brain begins to ignore the impaired signals, causing your symptoms of weakness, numbness, and nerve pain. Each nerve in the peripheral nervous system has a specific function, so symptoms depend on the type of nerves that are affected:

    1. Sensory nerves receive sensation from the skin such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch. Signs and symptoms of the sensory component of peripheral neuropathy may include:

      • Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms (glove and stocking)

      • Sharp, jabbing or burning pain

      • Extreme sensitivity to touch

    1. Motor nerves control how your muscles move. Signs and symptoms of the motor component of peripheral neuropathy may include:

      • Lack of coordination and falling

      • Muscle weakness or paralysis

    1. Autonomic nerves control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder. Signs and symptoms from the autonomic nerves not readily attributed to peripheral neuropathy are:

      • Heat intolerance and altered sweating

      • Bowel, bladder, or digestive problems

      • Changes in blood pressure, causing dizziness or lightheadedness

If you are experiencing numbness and tingling in your hands or feet or have been diagnosed with neuropathy, contact us for a free consultation.  To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

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Disclaimer:  The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care.  Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.

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