Peripheral Neuropathy Signs and Symptoms

There are many different peripheral neuropathy signs and symptoms. The two terms “signs” and “symptoms” are sometimes used interchangeably, however there is a difference between the two.

Signs refer to the physical manifestation of an illness that can be observed and measured by a physician. As it relates to peripheral neuropathy, a sign may be decreased or increased reflexes noted on a physical exam.

Symptoms on the other hand, are subjective and are experienced by the patient, as opposed to observed by a doctor. Complaints of numbness or tingling are examples of peripheral neuropathy symptoms.

In the early stages, the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can come and go, and the physical exam may even be normal. The symptoms are typically classified as either sensory or motor in nature. Usually, the sensory symptoms would come first, with motor symptoms becoming more prominent as the neuropathy progresses.

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