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What is nephropathy?
Neuropathy means disease of nerves. Peripheral neuropathy is often shortened to neuropathy. Neuropathy is a general term describing disease affecting the peripheral nerves, meaning nerves beyond the brain and spinal cord. Damage to peripheral nerves may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function depending on which nerves are affected; in other words, neuropathy affecting motor, sensory, or autonomic nerves result in different symptoms.
Types of Neuropathy
According the number of nerves affected by the damage, the three broad categories of neuropathy are: Mononeuropathy, Multiple Mononeuropathy, Polyneuropathy
Types of Neuropathy Include:
- Peripheral Neuropathy ,the most common type of neuropathy, occurs when the nerve damage has occurred outside of the brain and spinal cord. Specifically peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves of the body’s extremities such as the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands, and/or arms. Peripheral neuropathy can often be interchanged with peripheral diabetic nerve pain or distal polyneuropathy.
- Proximal Neuropathy is nerve damage that has taken place specifically to the thighs, hips or buttocks. One example of proximal neuropathy includes Sciatica where pain shoots from the low back and down the leg.
- Cranial Neuropathy is when any of the twelve cranial nerves become damaged. There are two separate types of cranial neuropathy, the optic neuropathy and the auditory neuropathy. Optic neuropathy refers to damage of the optic nerve. Auditory neuropathy is the the disease of the nerve that carries signals from the inner ear to the brain and is responsible for hearing.
- Autonomic Neuropathy is when the nerves of the involuntary nervous system are damaged. For example, autonomic nervous system includes the nerves that control heart, circulation, digestion, bowel and/or bladder, sexual organs, and nerves that pertain to perspiration
- Focal Neuropathy occurs when nerve damage is restricted to one specific nerve or a group of nerves, or a certain area of the body. Symptoms that take place with focal neuropathy often appear very suddenly without any warning and often affect the nerves in the head (especially the nerves that go the eyes), torso or legs.
Acupuncture for Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that can be treated with acupuncture. Your experience with acupuncture will depend largely on the acupuncturist that you choose. Find the right acupuncture to treat your diseases.
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