Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that affects the peripheral nervous system – the network or nerves that lie outside the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). The peripheral nervous system includes different types of nerves with their own specific function. These are: sensory nerves; motor nerves; and autonomic nerves.
Peripheral Neuropathy can cause a range of symptoms, including:
- Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet;
- Burning, stabbing or shooting pain in the affected areas;
- Loss of balance and coordination;
- Muscle weakness.
Diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) is the most common cause of Peripheral Neuropathy. High blood sugar levels associated with Diabetes can damage the nerves of the peripheral nervous system over time.
However, a number of other factors may be linked to Peripheral Neuropathy, including damage to nerves and viral infection (such as shingles). It may also be a side effect of some medicines or drinking too much alcohol.
Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy
Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy may vary depending on the underlying cause and symptoms of each case. The management of blood sugar levels may help to treat condition in those with Diabetes, however, not all underlying causes of Peripheral Neuropathy can be treated.
Pain associated with the condition may be treated with prescribed neuropathic pain agents, as standard painkillers are often ineffective. Other symptoms, such as muscle weakness, may need to be treated individually, such as with the use of physiotherapy and walking aids.
Medical Cannabis Treatment
Some research suggests that medical cannabis could be useful as an alternative or adjunct therapy for Peripheral Neuropathy, as current treatment options often provide little relief. One review found that most studies in this area demonstrate that medical cannabis use was associated with moderately improved pain.
The Wellford Medical Clinics specialises in medical cannabis treatment for pain management. Our specialist clinicians assess every case carefully to provide relevant and meaningful advice and treatment.