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Whats the difference between peripheral and autonomic neuropathy?

Asked a year ago

I've been experiencing some nerve-related symptoms and my doctor mentioned peripheral and autonomic neuropathy but I'm not exactly sure what the difference is between the two. Can someone please explain it to me in simpler terms? How do they differ in their symptoms and causes? Any insights would be greatly appreciated!

Harper Wilson

Thursday, March 16, 2023

There are three types of peripheral nerves; the autonomic, the sensory, and the motor nerves. Peripheral neuropathy occurs when any of these nerves are damaged whereas autonomic neuropathy occurs when there is damage to the autonomic nerves which control automatic body functions. Instead of numbness or burning pain as with peripheral neuropathy, symptoms of autonomic neuropathy include urinary problems, sexual difficulties, constipation, dizziness, and fainting.

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