Focal Neuropathy

While neuropathy is nerve damage that can be located in different parts of the body, focal neuropathy is limited to one specific location. Also known as mononeuropathy, focal means that the focus is on one nerve instead of many. The nerve can be in any number of places, from the head to the foot. One of the most common examples of focal neuropathy is carpal tunnel syndrome.

The good news about focal neuropathy is that it is far less common than other forms of neuropathy and the symptoms generally subsides relatively quickly. In many instances, they are virtually gone within a few months.

So what causes it in the first place? If the nerve is located in the neck, it could be a result of something like a car accident. If the area is located in the foot there could be an issue resulting from prolonged sitting. One thing to note is that the condition is not a direct cause of diabetes.

Once a nerve becomes trapped it begins to irritate the surrounding area, whether it be muscle, tissue, or both. The inflammation adds to the discomfort of the pinched nerve. Even though the condition can relieve itself in many cases, the primary cause needs to be addressed or the condition will resurface later on.

But in some instances, the condition will not correct itself. This can lead to further discomfort and more complications such as severe pain, reduced mobility of the infected area and numbness. That's why it is important not to ignore any symptoms or assume that they will right themselves. Contact your doctor immediately to ensure that there is no chance of prolonged discomfort or permanent damage to the area.

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