Peripheral neuropathy: how nurses can help their patients to cope
A look at how nurses can support patients with symptoms of damage to the peripheral nervous system, including tips on self-management
- Peripheral neuropathy may result from various conditions or cancer treatment but most commonly occurs as a complication of diabetes
- Patients with diabetes may experience loss of feeling or increased pain, with loss of feeling in the feet the main concern
- Screening patients at risk is vital, but one challenge of painful diabetic neuropathy is lack of awareness of non-pharmacological treatments
Peripheral neuropathy is temporary or permanent damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system, and nurses in diverse settings will care for patients experiencing symptoms.
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