Neuropathy — also called peripheral neuropathy — is nerve pain that occurs when one or more peripheral nerves are damaged or injured. The peripheral nervous system is the network of nerves outside the brain and spinal cord (the brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system). Peripheral nerves carry signals from the brain and transmit them to other areas of the body — the hands, feet, arms, legs, face and internal organs. Damaged or dysfunctional peripheral nerves can cause you to feel pain, weakness, numbness, tingling and loss of motor skills in different areas of the body.
There are three types of peripheral nerves that could be affected by neuropathy:
If you’re currently living with chronic pain, you may feel like your entire life revolves around pain. Without treatment and management, pain can control almost all aspects of our lives and affect our abilities to concentrate and work productively in a job for eight hours, exercise, or spend a carefree evening out with friends.
If you’ve been managing chronic pain alone up until now, you may not know all the options you have available to find pain relief. Below, we’ve outlined the first steps you should take if you’re ready to get on the pathway to treat chronic pain and find long-term relief.
In order to help your doctor and guide future treatments, it may be helpful to document as much information as you can about your pain. Find a journal where you can record: