The Three Types Of Neuropathy

Those who are new to neuropathy here is a simple breakdown that could add understanding to your newly diagnosed condition. Neuropathy can be classified in the following three ways:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Mononeuropathy
  2. Multiple Mononeuropathy
  3. Polyneuropathy

The following three sections will discuss the three classifications in a little more detail.

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

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

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

 

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