Those who suffer from numbness, weakness, or pain in their hands or feet may be suffering from neuropathy. The condition is caused by damage to peripheral nerves that send signals from the extremities to the brain and back. Nerve damage may be caused by a traumatic injury, vitamin deficiencies related to alcoholism, or diabetes.
Several steps must be taken to confirm a diagnosis of neuropathy. First, a patient’s medical history will be examined to determine if a patient may have been exposed to toxins or is taking medication that may be causing the issue. Next, the skin will be examined for ulcers or any other signs of the condition. Finally, tests will be conducted on muscles and nerves to determine if they are functioning properly.