About Painful Neuropathy

Do you have severe, chronic pain in your hands or feet? You may have neuropathy due to nerve damage.

Definition

Painful neuropathy is a neurological disorder where people experience severe chronic pain due to nerve damage. Nerves connect the spinal cord to the body and help the brain communicate with skin, muscles, and internal organs.

Causes

Painful neuropathies are caused by damage to the nerves. This damage may be a result of:

  • Nutritional imbalances
  • Alcoholism
  • Toxins
  • Infections
  • Autoimmunity
  • Illnesses, such as kidney failure or cancer
  • Trauma of the nerves

Symptoms

Although there are many different causes of painful neuropathies, they have common symptoms, such as:

  • Stabbing or sharp pain
  • Burning
  • Numbness

These symptoms most often appear in the hands or feet.

Diagnosis

Because painful neuropathy can occur due to several types of diseases, diagnosis differs from case to case.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 27 Sep 2010

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