Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that causes significant pain, weakness, and numbness in both the hands and feet. Messages are sent from your spinal cord and brain to the whole body through peripheral nerves. Once these nerves are damaged or injured, it would become difficult or impossible to send these messages resulting in interference in the way your body reacts to temperature, pain, and other reflexes. Some causes of neuropathy include alcoholism, traumatic injury, infection, and diabetes mellitus . Peripheral neuropathy effects may begin its development suddenly or spread gradually, over time. Although peripheral neuropathy symptoms normally depend on the form of nerve damage (The 3 types include sensory nerves, motor nerves, and autonomic nerves) , some general symptoms include.
- Decreased sensation and reflexes (in extreme cases, there’s a total loss of sensation and reflexes)
- Nausea and vomiting
- Irregular heart rate
- Numbness or tingling
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle weakness (Atrophy)  and Muscle spasms
- Inability to control bladder and bowel function.