How is Peripheral Neuropathy Diagnosed?

If you have numbness or other possible symptoms of neuropathy and have had these symptoms for a long time, it may be necessary for your doctor to do several tests. These tests can include: 

  • A nerve conduction test to find out how fast nerves are sending signals from the back of your nervous system (the spinal cord) to your arms and legs (spinal nerves). You can click this link to learn more about neuropathy.

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  • An electromyography exam that measures electrical activity in the muscles. Again, this test will measure how quickly your body sends signals from your spine to the muscles in your arms and legs. 

  • A nerve biopsy which is used to determine if nerve damage has occurred. During your examination, it will be necessary for your doctor to determine what area of the nervous system has been damaged. 

If you are diagnosed with neuropathy, it is likely that the nerves in the arms and legs were affected. This could include both peripheral (clumsy) neuropathy and autonomic neuropathy (also called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, often confused with diabetic neuropathy).

There are several medications that can help control pain and improve symptoms. These include non-opioid medications such as acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, antidepressants, anticonvulsants, botox injections and steroids

Discussion of treatment options for neuropathy

Neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves. It can cause problems with sensation, movement, and nerve function. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating neuropathy, so your doctor will tailor the treatment to your specific needs.