What is sensory neuropathy?

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What is sensory neuropathy?
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Sensory neuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy that involves damage to sensory nerves. These are the nerves that relay information about sensory experiences such as a light touch or the pain of a minor injury.

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According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified. Sensory neuropathy can cause a wide variety of symptoms because sensory nerves have highly specialised functions.


Symptoms of sensory neuropathy include numbness, tingling and pain, especially in the hands and feet. Damage to sensory nerves often results in an inability to feel pain or changes in temperature.


Nerve damage can lead to an inability to coordinate complex movements, such as fastening a button. Amputations are often the result of infected wounds that weren’t treated due to loss of pain sensation.


Treatment of sensory neuropathy is aimed at a reduction of symptoms. Medications prescribed assist in blocking spontaneous nerve discharges. Examples of this type of medication include Lyrica and Neurontin.


Adopt healthy habits, such as eating healthy foods and becoming more physically active. Choose comfortable shoes in order to help reduce pain from walking. Inspect your feet daily for cuts or sores.

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