Neuropathy occurs due to damage of the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord, causing weakness and pain in the hands, feet, and other parts of the body. Also called peripheral neuropathy, this condition disrupts the normal functioning of the nerves, causing them to send pain signals at inappropriate times. For instance, they might send messages of pain when you’re not experiencing it, or fail to send pain signals when something is hurting you.
The peripheral nervous system connects nerves in your spinal cord and brain to the rest of your body, including your:
- internal organs
Your nervous system exists to send signals back to your mind, letting it know when danger or pain is imminent. Usually, a disruption of the nervous system occurs due to:
- an injury
- an inherited disorder
- systemic illness
While damage to the nervous system does cause discomfort, the…