you confused about what you’ve been told about Neuropathy?
clear up the terms
You might be confused
by all the names that are given to “Neuropathy”. I
want to clear some of this up.
The main thing to
understand is that neuropathy is nerve damage. You can
call it by the area affected or by the cause of the
nerve damage, but it is still the same thing – nerve
In the age we live in
there are lots of ways to damage the body, and the
toxic chemicals in the environment, the food we eat
with all its additives, preservatives and processing
as well as many of the drugs that are so readily given
to treat health problems are all causes of nerve
are also many diseases that cause neuropathy as well as
trauma that come from not only accidents but surgery.
There are many names
given to the type of neuropathy depending on the nerve
neuropathy – this means that only one (or at
most a few) nerves are injured.The pain, numbness and/or weakness are confined
to a single limb or a small area of the body or the
are usually caused by compression or trauma.Basically, one nerve gets damaged.The best known of these is carpal tunnel
syndrome where the median nerve is damaged by
compression of that nerve.
– Another term for only one nerve being
neuropathies – these are associated with general
medical problems – infections, diabetes, immune,
nutritional related, drug induced, etc. Again, the
nerves get damaged.In this case it can start with one nerve and
spread, or it can affect many nerves depending on the
cause of the neuropathy.
– another name for generalized neuropathy
neuropathy – this is a technical term for the
microscopic part of the nerve that is damaged.If you think of a wire you have the inner core
of the wire and the insulation around it. The
core of the “wire” is called axon.
– again if we think of a wire, the nerve is
surrounded by a fatty tissue called myelin. This is
similar to the plastic insulation around an electrical
the medical doctor calls your neuropathy
demyelinating, it means that the myelin sheath around
the nerve is breaking down. The way that medical
doctors determine if it is demyelinating or axonal is
to do a nerve conduction studies (NCS) which can
distinguish between these two types.
Fiber Neuropathy - Nerve Endings Damage – this
is when the very ends of the nerves are damaged.
The following types of Neuropathy are actually the area that is affected.In each type of neuropathy you can have a
sensory nerve damaged or a motor nerve damaged.Sensory nerves damage creates pain, numbness,
nerves create the inability of the body to send
messages to the muscles and thus you get weakness and
sometimes even drop foot.
Autonomic– affects the autonomic system – glands,
internal organs, etc.
Cranial – affects the head
Diabetic amyotrophy – weakness on both sides of
the body, blood vessel disease may be the cause.
Neuropathy develops in the front of one thigh,
with muscle weakness and wasting.
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