Neuropathy, medically referred to as Peripheral Neuropathy or PN, signifies a problem with functionality of the peripheral nerves. These nerves are responsible for transmission of signals from the central nervous system to the rest of the body. Depending upon which type of peripheral nerve is affected, PN may produce a wide variety of symptoms, with varied degrees of severity. In a lot of cases, other health conditions perpetuate PN and thus, it can be both a symptom and disease unto itself. Here is a list of symptoms that may signal the onset of peripheral neuropathy – if they occur, getting tested for PN would be wise.
1. Bodily Numbness and/or Tingling
If peripheral neuropathy affects the sensory nerves in an individual, it is likely that they may experience numbness and/or tingling in localized areas of the body. This occurs because the nerves that carry messages of sensation – i.e. touch, pain, temperature, etc. – are not performing optimally. Numbness generally occurs in the lower half of the body with an increasing loss of perception of stimuli in the region. Tingling signifies a kind of mild, prickly feeling of localized magnitude.