Neuropathy Nugget #1: Is It Polyneuropathy or Peripheral Neuropathy?

Which of the following statements are true?

A. Peripheral neuropathy and polyneuropathy are the same things.

B. Peripheral neuropathy is a type of polyneuropathy.

C. Polyneuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy.


According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, peripheral neuropathy refers to many varied conditions that involve damage to the peripheral nervous system. Examples of peripheral neuropathy would include tarsal tunnel syndrome, neuromas, trigeminal neuralgia, radiculopathies and polyneuropathy.

Polyneuropathy is the most common type of peripheral neuropathy. It is a progressive length dependent dysfunction of the peripheral nervous system that usually starts in the toes and ascends up the feet and legs over time.  Polyneuropathy is characterized by burning, tingling, numbness, and shooting pains.  It is the most common and often the first complication associated with diabetes.  Polyneuropathy is also commonly associated with chemotherapy, alcoholism and advanced age.


The correct answer is:

C. Polyneuropathy is a type of peripheral neuropathy.


So, when a patient presents with bilateral numbness, tingling, burning, and/or shooting pains starting in the toes and gradually ascending up the feet and legs… chances are the diagnosis is polyneuropathy.



This Neuropathy Nugget is authored Dr. Richard Mann, CEO and Founder of Realm Labs, makers of NeuRemedy®.  Feel free to contact Dr. Mann at (561)-549-9099 or if you would like to discuss with him ways in which you can more effectively treat polyneuropathy in your office.

NeuRemedy improves the function of the nerves in the feet and legs.  NeuRemedy is licensed by Health Canada to support the healthy function of nerves in individuals with polyneuropathy.*  To begin dispensing NeuRemedy® in your office call (561)-549-9099 today.


Be sure to check out the next Neuropathy Nugget: Is there an association between prediabetes and polyneuropathy?



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