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Peripheral nerve disorder

Also known as Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of or trauma to the nerve or the side effects of systemic illness.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with peripheral nerve disorder, 69% report having loss of sensation, 52% report having leg pain, and 46% report having paresthesia. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of peripheral nerve disorder are loss of sensation, paresthesia, leg weakness, and arm weakness, although you may still have peripheral nerve disorder without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with peripheral nerve disorder often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), magnetic resonance imaging, hemoglobin a1c measurement, physical therapy exercises, lipid panel, examination of foot, depression screen and debridement of wound; infection or burn .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with peripheral nerve disorder include gabapentin, pregabalin (lyrica), duloxetine (cymbalta), amitriptyline, nortriptyline, ropinirole, tenofovir, lamivudine, capsaicin topical, abacavir / lamivudine, ubiquinone (q10), immunoglobulins, intravenous (gammagard) and carbidopa / entacapone / levodopa .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for peripheral nerve disorder include age 75+ years, age 60-74 years and age 45-59 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get peripheral nerve disorder.

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.2x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
1.5x
60-74 years
2.1x
75+ years
2.5x

Sex

Male
1.1x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.7x
Hispanic
0.5x
White
1.2x
Other
0.7x
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