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Peripheral neuropathy

Names

Description

Peripheral neuropathy

Autoimmune peripheral neuropathy occurs when the body’s immune system damages the peripheral nervous system, often causing weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.

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Prevalence

More than 20 million people in the United States

Typical Age of onset

People over the age of 55

Symptoms

  • Tingling in the hands or feet

  • Feeling like you’re wearing a tight glove or sock

  • Sharp, stabbing pains

  • Numbness in the hands or feet

  • Weak, heavy feeling in the arms and legs, which sometimes may feel like your legs or arms lock in place

  • Regularly dropping things from your hands

  • Buzzing or shocking sensation

  • Thinning of the skin

  • Drop in blood pressure

  • Sexual dysfunction, especially in men

  • Constipation

  • Digestive difficulty

  • Diarrhea

  • Excessive sweating