What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy most often develops in the limbs and is also called peripheral neuropathy. Doctors have identified more than 200 causes of peripheral neuropathy, each with a particular set of symptoms. Numbness, tingling, burning and prickling sensations are among the most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. The skin over an affected area may change; it is often colder, and has a different color, less hair, and is thinner than normal skin. Severe symptoms can include muscle weakness and wasting, limb paralysis, and organ or gland dysfunction.

Unlike peripheral neuropathy, autonomic neuropathy affects the nerves that supply the internal structures regulating body functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, and bowel, bladder, and sexual function. Symptoms include urinary or sexual problems, dizziness, fainting spells, dry eyes and mouth, sweating dysfunction, and digestive disorders.

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