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Peripheral neuropathy is often times confused with radiculopathy...

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Page TitleCould your tingling be neuropathy?

Pain, numbness, and tingling are all disconcerting symptoms, but how do you know when your condition is serious enough to necessitate surgery?

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are often similar to those of the more serious condition, radiculopathy. In fact, these two conditions are so closely associated that even medical professionals often misdiagnose which is to blame...

A misdiagnosis could be severely detrimental for patients, as solutions for neuropathy differ significantly from those of radiculopathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is a problem with the peripheral nerve function, meaning the end of the nerves that are found most often in the hands and feet.



On the other hand, radiculopathy is a problem at the root of the nerve, where it exits the spine. Though it has similar symptoms, radiculopathy is more serious and could require surgery to correct.

Radiculopathy symptoms often include muscle weakness and pain in the back that spreads to other areas of the body.

If the body’s nerves were compared to a rope, neuropathy would be the frayed ends of the rope, while radiculopathy is more like a knot further up the rope that inhibits function.

In summary, while peripheral neuropathy is common among those with diabetes and people undergoing cancer treatment, radiculopathy is usually a structural problem that results from a herniated disc or bone spur.

The physical and mental distress resulting from neuropathy and radiculopathy can be acute, and an accurate diagnosis is essential since the treatments are widely varied. If you suspect you might have neuropathy or radiculopathy, visit with a spine specialist to discuss your symptoms.

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