peripheral neuropathy


Definition of peripheral neuropathy

: a disease or degenerative state of the peripheral nerves in which motor, sensory, or vasomotor nerve fibers may be affected and which is marked by muscle weakness and atrophy, pain, and numbness

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He was eventually diagnosed with what doctors called peripheral neuropathy , a condition that often causes weakness, numbness and pain in typically the feet and hands. Pat Graham, The Denver Post, "Mike Bobo banks on raise in play after turning down raise in pay," 23 Aug. 2019 More than 10% of patients experienced side effects, including nausea, vomiting, anemia and a type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy. Los Angeles Times, "FDA approves tuberculosis drug that works on hard-to-treat cases," 14 Aug. 2019 Bobo is inching toward a full recovery from what doctors described as peripheral neuropathy, a condition which damaged some of Bobo’s nerve endings and landed him in the hospital for 10 days in the middle of fall camp last year. Colin Barnard, The Denver Post, "What to watch for when CSU football begins fall camp Thursday," 29 July 2019 Alzheimer’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Type I and Type II diabetes, fibromyalgia, spinal cord injury, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy and rheumatoid arthritis. Michael Hiltzik,, "Judge approves class action case against clinic peddling unproven stem cell therapy," 1 July 2019 Pain, tingling, and other nerve problems Some chemo drugs can cause something known as peripheral neuropathy. Korin Miller, SELF, "11 Common Chemotherapy Side Effects, Plus How to Ease Them," 18 June 2018 Acupuncture helps mitigate the side effects of peripheral neuropathy, caused by certain chemotherapy agents. Lori Nickel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chin Up: A triathlon with yoga, acupuncture? In the cancer fight, it can help the journey," 7 May 2018 But just as each patient’s peripheral neuropathy is different, so is the Knee Institute’s approach. Joyce Wiswell For The Knee Institute, Detroit Free Press, "Unique therapies ease painful neuropathy," 20 Mar. 2018 The spiky shoe inserts mimic peripheral neuropathy, the numbness and pain from nerve damage that often affects hands and feet. Tara Bahrampour, The Seattle Times, "Loud banging, foot pain, flashes of light: a reporter’s 8 minutes as a dementia patient," 26 Dec. 2017

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of peripheral neuropathy

: a disease or degenerative state (as polyneuropathy) of the peripheral nerves in which motor, sensory, or vasomotor nerve fibers may be affected and which is marked by muscle weakness and atrophy, pain, and numbness

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