Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is a term that simply means any diseased condition of the nervous system outside of the spinal cord. More than 100 types of peripheral neuropathy have been identified based on the underlying disease causing the symptoms. It is important to know is that peripheral neuropathy is a symptom – not a disease in itself!
The underlying disease can affect one or more types of nerves, including sensory, motor or autonomic (nerves that control heart rate, digestion, breathing and sweating, among others). Some medical conditions, such as diabetes, can lead to symptoms in all three types of nerves.