Peripheral Nerve Pathology

Condition

Diabetes, genetics, exposure to infections or other illnesses, and taking medications that are used in cancer or HIV/AIDS treatments can also impact your chances of getting peripheral nerve pathology.

Neuropathy occurs when your nerves fail to function correctly.  Peripheral neuropathy, which can predominantly impact your feet and legs, autonomic neuropathy, and mononeuropathy are forms of neuropathy.

Sciatica affects the leg when the sciatic nerve is irritated, usually pushed near the base of the spine.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when there’s increased pressure on the median nerve in your wrist, leading to multiple pinched nerves and increased pain.

Polyneuropathy attacks different nerves in your body which can harm your sensory, motor, and vasomotor fibers simultaneously.

Diabetic neuropathies are disorders that are usually seen with diabetes mellitus.  This disorder results in Injuries to the small blood vessels that supply the nerves.

Autonomic neuropathy is when damage occurs to the nerves that control blood pressure, heart rate, bowel and bladder, and digestion.

Postherpetic neuralgia are damaged nerve fibers that can be experienced after a bout with shingles.

Thoracic outlet syndrome can affect your arms creating pain, weakness, or a numbing sensation.  The nerves or vessels near the collar bone can become stretched or crushed resulting in the above symptoms.

Current Research

There has been studies and research done on peripheral nerve diseases over the last 40 years.  Experimental neuropathies have seen permanent axotomy, lead intoxication, ischemia, regeneration, and irradiation.  Other studies in how diabetes contributes to these diseases have also been looked into, including the natural history, outcomes, and other factors.

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Source: Mayo Clinic

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Charles White, DPM
Foot & Ankle Surgery / Podiatry

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