Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Main Types Of Neuropathy

Today's short post from (see link below) looks at some of the commonest forms of neuropathy but with over 100 different types of neuropathy and over 100 causes, you'll be hard put to find an article that covers everything. Nevertheless, when people first hear that they may have neuropathy, their first instinct is to ask where it comes from and what it entails. Their doctors generally can't give an accurate answer in the beginning because there are so many possibilities and they need to be ruled out or ruled in and that takes time. This can leave patients both bewildered and alarmed and desperate for information. An article like this can be the start of your research into the disease that's giving you so many strange symptoms but it's only a start. After that you need to piece as many clues together as possible:- your own medical history, your lifestyle, your symptom range and sometimes your diet and medication patterns and then match them to the different forms of neuropathy. That may help you tie your condition closer to a particular form of nerve damage but be prepared for the long-haul. Neuropathy's like a jigsaw - the picture's only complete when the last piece is in place.

The Different Types of Neuropathy 
Posted on May 11, 2016 Posted in Staff Pick by Staff Pick

Neuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy, is a disease often associated with diabetes, although there are actually more than 100 known types of the disease – each with its own characteristic symptoms, pattern of development, and prognosis. Although there are several “tell-tale” symptoms that seem to afflict all neuropathy sufferers, each version of the disease is different and comes with its own set of problems.

Below are several of the main types of neuropathy, although this is not an exhaustive listing by any means.

DIABETIC NEUROPATHY — Over 30% of all neuropathies can be linked to diabetes, and diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy in the western world. Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to diabetic neuropathy – high blood sugar levels damage the nerves and neuropathy is one of the outcomes.

IMMUNE MEDIATED/CIDP — manifestations of neuropathy such as CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy) is caused by an abnormal immune system response. In this condition, nerves swell and become irritated due to an immune reaction, eventually damaging the nerves outside the brain or spinal cord with peripheral neuropathy symptoms thus following.

HEREDITARY NEUROPATHY — Diseases like Charcot-Marie-Tooth have been discovered to be inherited and lead to hereditary neuropathy. This condition deals with the role of different proteins in the role of physiology in peripheral nerve conduction.

AUTONOMIC NEUROPATHY — actually a group of symptoms more than a disease itself, autonomic neuropathy concerns damage to the nerves of the body that control every-day functions in the body that are autonomic in nature, such as blood pressure, heart rate, bowel and bladder emptying, even digestion. When the nerves that control or affect these functions are disrupted, these autonomic functions cease to perform normally and can cause many complications.

— Known to laymen as a “pinched nerve,” compressive neuropathy often comes about by an accidental injury to the body. Herniated discs, sciatica, arthritis in the spine and spinal stenosis are just some of the ways a nerve can become compressed and cause pain and discomfort to an afflicted sufferer. 

DRUG-INDUCED/TOXIC NEUROPATHY –– toxic polyneuropathies come about in the human body when nerves are damaged or destroyed by chemicals introduced that have cumulative or highly-toxic effects. These tend to be occupational, chance exposures or intentional, even homicidal ingestions.

There are other forms of neuropathy, including those from infectious diseases such as shingles, as well as from nutritional deficiencies. The best bet for understanding any form of neuropathy that a person may be experiencing is to visit their doctor or a trained neurologist for a consultation.

About The Author

Brian M McLauren is an expert author in Neuropathy. To gain a better understanding of the many neuropathy causes, or if you are experiencing any neuropathy symptoms, please consult your physician.

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