What is neuropathy?
Neuropathies are processes affecting nerves, either single nerves or a generalised disorder. Damage occurs to the nerves that travel between the brain and the spinal cord to the muscles, skin and other parts of the body, causing pain or weakness.
What causes neuropathy?
Diabetes, Type 1 and 2, are the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. But it can also be caused by other circumstances such as injury, infection or as a side effect to certain medications or drinking too much alcohol.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
The site and cause of the neuropathic pain varies according to the type of neuropathy.
There are many neuropathies, the most common are:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Sensory neuropathy
- Post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN)
- Chronic relapsing inflammatory optic neuropathy (CRION)
In the UK it’s estimated almost 1 in 10 people aged 55 or over are affected by peripheral neuropathy.