Non-Habit-Forming Pain Management for Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral nervous system disorder is a term to describe damage to nerves that exists outside the spinal cord and brain, otherwise known as the central nervous system (CNS). There are a vast number of nerves outside the CNS including:
- The nerves of the head, face, eyes, nose and ears
- The nerves of muscles and the rest of the body, including spinal nerves
- The more than 100 billion nerves that run through the body
The brain makes the body’s muscles move by communicating with them through nerves. If a nerve is damaged, the brain cannot properly communicate to the muscle, causing pain, weakness, muscle dysfunction or even paralysis. Similarly, if a nerve that controls sensory perception is damaged, the result could be pain, abnormal sensations like tingling or vibrations, or loss of sensation altogether. Peripheral nervous system disorder can be caused by damage to any point on the nerve and may be found in one nerve, multiple nerves in one area of the body, or several nerves in different parts of the body. Neuropathy can be hereditary or environmental (for example, from exposure to toxins, illness or injury).