There are many types of neuropathy, each with its own characteristic neuropathy symptoms, pattern of development, and prognosis. Just like any other disease, generally, neuropathy also has its own way of expressing its presence in the body. One if the neuropathy symptoms may mimic the others types and some of the different types of neuropathy have the same treatments as well.
Neuropathy is classified according to the types or location of nerves that are affected, or according to the disease causing it. Based on this fact, I am not going to write about the general neuropathy symptoms, but I will rather take each type of neuropathy and explain its symptoms.
Neuropathy Symptoms and Types:
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
This is the most common type of neuropathy, and affects the motor and sensory nerves. Those with this type of neuropathy generally experience initial symptoms in their feet, hands, arms and legs. It affects three types of peripheral nerves, and symptoms depend on these nerves and their location. Peripheral neuropathy symptom is pain. The affected person suffers from tingling and prickling sensations, muscle weakness, coordination problems, a burning sensation in the skin, pains that are more intense at night, and numbness and pain when walking.
Autonomic Neuropathy Symptoms
This affects the nervous system, which controls some functions in the body such as circulation, digestion, bowel and bladder function, the sexual response, etc. Common autonomic neuropathy symptoms include: abdominal pain, bloating, bladder incontinence, diarrhea, coordination problems, bowel incontinence, dysphasia burping, poor food digestion, nausea, vaginal dryness, vomiting, hypertension, impotence, etc.
Focal Neuropathy Symptoms
This is usually associated with type II diabetes. It is not as common as peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. It affects the eyes, causing pain. This type of neuropathy is generally not permanent. Focal neuropathy symptoms include: Bell’s palsy and paralysis of one eye or one foot, double vision, aching of one eye, chest pain, thigh pain, etc.