Peripheral neuropathyOverview

Peripheral neuropathy develops when nerves in the body's extremities, such as the hands, feet and arms, are damaged. The symptoms depend on which nerves are affected.


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.


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.


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

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