Get the facts about neuropathy

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About 2-7% of people in the United States have neuropathy, which makes it one of the most common neurologic problems, right after headache. It increases in people who are over the age of 50 or 60, so the older we get, the more likely we are to have this medical condition.

Definition of neuropathy

When most people say “neuropathy,” they mean polyneuropathy or the neuropathy that affects people starting in their feet. People can also have neuropathy in their hands.

Signs and symptoms of neuropathy

People often describe numbness and tingling.

Pain is also a big symptom and it’s something that bothers people more than the other symptoms. It can be an electric pain, a burning pain or a sharp pain, and it’s usually located in a “stocking glove” pattern because it’s like stockings going up your leg and gloves on your hands.

Neuropathy can also cause weakness but that’s usually a much later symptom.  Continue reading