What is the difference?

By kaiya2465 Latest Reply 2011-11-20 17:56:55 -0600
Started 2011-11-19 16:50:15 -0600

I was trying to read up on periphrial & diabetic neuropathy to see the difference. Can someone help me? I have perifrial but I see the forum talks about diabetic neuropathy what is the difference or is there one? Just wondering.


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digitaldoorbell 2011-11-20 17:56:55 -0600 Report

The articles below will help you. Unfortunately, I suffer from peripheral and proximal neuropathy. I take gabapentin and it helps a lot. I've had it for about a year and managed to find different things that help. One thing that has helped a lot is yoga.

I sincerely hope that you don't have this. From what I read, it is lifelong but need not get worse if you monitor your health.

Good luck.

jayabee52 2011-11-19 17:10:52 -0600 Report

Peripheral neuropathy can be a subset of Diabetic neuropathy. It can also be a subset of many of the other causes for neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is by definition a neuropathy which affects the periphery of one's body, like arms and legs.

Here is an article which speaks of Neuropathy as it relates to Back pain and the spine. http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/chroni... and here is one from a chemo. cancer site and I include it since it seems to be a good description of peripheral neuropathy as opposed to the central nervous system of one's body. http://www.chemocare.com/managing/numbness__t...

Here is a generalized treatment of the causes and types of neuopathy: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/1479...

I pray this is helpful to you in sorting out the difference .



kaiya2465 2011-11-19 17:15:50 -0600 Report

Thank you James. The doc says that the TBI I had in 2000 is where the perifrial neuropathy stems from. I will be reading now…Hugs

jayabee52 2011-11-19 17:38:46 -0600 Report

TBI = Traumatic Brain Injury? Sorry to learn that you're suffering from that as well! Prayers for you!

kaiya2465 2011-11-19 18:07:05 -0600 Report

You are right. I spent 3 months in the hospital & about 10 months learning to do what I used to take for granted. I have my days but I have to say I'm doing good, because it could be lots worse. Hugs

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