Hand neuropathy: Introduction
Although feet are the most common type of neuropathy,
a similar neuropathy can occur in the hands.
It is basically the same type of peripheral neuropathy as afflicts the feet.
Distal Symmetrical Polyneuropathy affects both the hands and
feet in a "stocking and glove" pattern affecting feet/lower legs and hands/wrists.
Many of the comments regarding feet neuropathy also apply to hand neuropathy.
Similar symptoms such as tingling, burning, pain, and numbness occur in the hands.
Treatments, pain management, and preventive measures are probably
similar in hand neuropathy to foot neuropathy,
but hand neuropathy has had far less attention,
so it is difficult to say if this is always true.
Fortunately, hand neuropathy is often not as dangerous as feet neuropathy
in the sense that hands are less likely to suffer major complications as compared
to the feet.
Hands are closer to the heart, more active,
and thus have better blood circulation than feet.
Hands are used more regularly and any problems like ulcers or damage is noticed quickly,
and therefore treated promptly.
Hands are less likely to be accidentally damaged,
whereas tripping or blisters are more common in feet,
and any damage is noticed more quickly.
For this combination of reasons,
hand neuropathy does not present as great a risk of ulcers or amputation as foot neuropathy does.
There are whole books written about diabetic foot care, but almost no mention in any books about
hand neuropathy as a separate issue. ...more »
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particularly at night, is a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes.
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