Is All Neuropathy The Same?

Learning as much as you can about a condition that is rather common could potentially help prevent the diagnosis of it. Neuropathy is a miserable yet common condition that affects more than twenty million men and women each year. When neuropathy attacks it does so in such a way that the neuropathic patient is left feeling frustrated and immersed in pain. One of the questions that come into play is the categorizing of or the classification of neuropathy. Most neuropathy patients want to know if there are other types of neuropathy or do every individual suffering from neuropathy experience the same pain and symptoms?

Neuropathy has several different classifications and this article is going to address three of them. Every neuropathic patient is different not only because their classification might be different but because each person’s body is different and depending on when treatment was sought there could be a large difference in pain, symptoms and nerve damage. So what are the three classifications of neuropathy?

Mononeuropathy

Mononeuropathy is a form of neuropathy that affects a single nerve or nerve group. The damaged area begins to loss feeling and mobility. This type of neuropathy is often a result of personal injury, however there are systemic disorders that could cause damage to a single nerve or group of nerve cells. Examples of mononeuropathy would include:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ulnar Nerve Palsy
  • Peroneal Nerve Palsy
  • Axillary Nerve Dysfunction
  • Radial Nerve Dysfunction
  • Sciatic Nerve Dysfunction

Mononeuropathy can develop if there has been pro-longed period of swelling or pressure placed on a specific point in the body such as the hands, feet or face.  Symptoms of mononeuropathy would include:

  • Loss Of Feeling
  • Paralysis
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Muscle Weakness

Several tests can be done in hopes of determining or diagnosing this particular classification of neuropathy. You will find a list of tests below that a doctor might suggest or prescribe in hopes of discovering whether or not the symptoms being felt have to do with mononeuropathy.

 

  • Electromyogram  (EMG) – This test records electrical activity if any found in the muscles.
  • Nerve  Conduction Tests (NCV) – will help record the speed of electrical activity   in the nerves
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Blood   Chemistry Tests
  • Imaging Scans
    • MRI
    • CT Scan
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays

Multiple Mononeuropathy

Multiple Mononeuropathy occurs when two or more nerves at the same time in separate locations on the body begin to malfunction and send off painful sensations. Multiple mononeuropathy can be a result of several different conditions or illnesses such as:

 

  • Lupus
  • Polyarthritis  Nodosa
  • Rheumatoid  Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Infections
    • Lyme Disease
    • HIV

This form or classification of neuropathy is often caused by an infection or some sort of bacteria that has entered into the body and has begun to affect nerves. Symptoms of multiple mononeuropathy would include:

  • Nerve Pain
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Odd Sensations
  • Combination

Symptoms are often felt or begin on one side of the body where the damaged nerve cells are. Medical professionals do their best to diagnosis through physical examination or by compiling a list of symptoms. Other tests that could diagnosis multiple mononeuropathy would include electromyography and or a nerve conduction test.

Polyneuropathy

Polyneuropathy is when several nerves begin to malfunction at the same time throughout the body. Polyneuropathy can happen quickly and without any warning or preemptive signs or could happen gradually alerting the neuropathy sufferer that something is not quite right. Polyneuropathies patients often experience neuropathy in a pattern that generally begins in the feet and makes its way up toward the thighs and then hands.

Diagnosis is often made through a complete physical or through laboratory testing. The symptoms often associated with polyneuropathy would include:

  • Numbness
  • Needle Like Pinching
  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Raw Skin Feeling
  • Sensitivity To Touch

The causes of polyneuropathy are vast but the most common causes of polyneuropathy would have to be:

  • Diabetes
  • Age
  • Drugs
  • Chemotherapy
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Aides
  • Environmental Hazards

 

Neuropathy just like the human race comes in various shapes and forms, this is why it is important to read up on and educate yourself not only on the different types of neuropathy but on various forms of treatment as well.

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