Neuropathy is when nerve damage affects the functioning of the peripheral nervous system. In the event that a cause cannot be determined, it’s called idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. “Idiopathic”, which means “of unknown cause”, generally occurs in people over 60 years old, progresses slowly, and can be very disruptive to an individual’s life.
Signs and Symptoms
In many respects, the symptoms are very similar to those with diabetic neuropathy. Not all symptoms and signs may be present. However, in most cases, the following are usually present in patients, first in their feet and then possibly in their legs:
Unsteadiness while walking and standing
Muscle weakness and/or cramps
Evaluation and Tests for Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy
Diagnosis of idiopathic peripheral neuropathy is based on history, clinical examination, and supporting laboratory investigations. In determining whether or not you suffer from idiopathic peripheral neuropathy, your physician may conduct one or a combination of the following tests:
Nerve conduction velocity test
The general prognosis for idiopathic peripheral neuropathy is the same as other causes of neuropathy. Dr. Carney offers many effective treatments that will help your symptoms heal your nerves, and help you to lead a comfortable, happy life. Working with Dr. Carney to treat your symptoms offers you the best outcome in both the short and long term.