Epilepsy & Neurologic Disorders

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is any condition affecting one or more nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord that comprise the central nervous system. The most common peripheral neuropathy conditions include diabetic neuropathy, alcoholic neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and radiculopathy. Diabetic neuropathy and alcoholic neuropathy are peripheral nerve disorders resulting damage to nerves caused by diabetes and alcohol abuse, respectively. CTS is a problem affecting the hand, resulting from a nerve called the median nerve getting compressed as it travels through a passageway called the carpal tunnel, between the carpal bones of the wrist. Radiculopathy is a nerve problem resulting from a spinal nerve getting compressed along the pathway where it connects with other nerves. Peripheral neuropathy can be a mononeuropathy (affecting one nerve), or polyneuropathy (affecting more than one nerve).


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