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Treatment

Peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can cause pain, numbness or weakness.

Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in your hands, arms or feet.

Treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on what's causing it. Nerve pain is usually treated with strong prescription painkillers.

The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in the UK is nerve damage from diabetes. It can also be caused by things like an injury or infection.

Read more on the NHS website.

Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in your hands, arms or feet.

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy

The main symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can include:

These symptoms are usually constant, but may come and go.

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Treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on what's causing it. Nerve pain is usually treated with strong prescription painkillers.

Medical treatments

Treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on the symptoms and underlying cause.

Not all of the underlying causes of neuropathy can be treated.

For example, if you have diabetes, it may help to gain better control of your blood sugar level, stop smoking and cut down on alcohol.

Nerve pain may be treated with prescribed medicines called neuropathic pain agents, as standard painkillers often do not work.

If you have other symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy, these may need to be treated individually.

For example, treatment for muscle weakness may involve physiotherapy and walking aids.

Read more on the NHS website.

The most common cause of peripheral neuropathy in the UK is nerve damage from diabetes. It can also be caused by things like an injury or infection.

Read more on the NHS website.