Peripheral neuropathy, usually shortened to neuropathy, is a general term describing illness affecting the peripheral nerves, which means nerves on the far side of the brain and spinal cord.
damage to peripheral nerves may impair sensation, movement, gland, or organ function depending on which nerves are affected;
indifferent words, neuropathy touching motor, sensory, or autonomic nerves end in different symptoms.
Over one form of the nerve may be affected at the same time.
Peripheral neuropathy may be acute (with sudden onset, fast progress) or chronic (symptoms begin subtly and progress slowly), and maybe reversible or permanent.
Types of Peripheral Neuropathy
Neuropathy affecting only one nerve is named “mononeuropathy” and neuropathy involving nerves in roughly the same areas on both sides of the body is named “symmetrical polyneuropathy” or just “polyneuropathy”.
when 2 or more (typically just a number of, but sometimes many) separate nerves in disparate areas of the body are affected it’s known as “mononeuritis multiplex”, “multifocal mononeuropathy”, or “multiple mononeuropathy”