What does neuropathy feel like in your hands?
Signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy might include: Gradual onset of numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms. Sharp, jabbing, throbbing or burning pain. Extreme sensitivity to touch.
Symptoms of neuritis in the hand
The symptoms of neuritis in the hand depend on the type of nerve affected in the hand. Here are the details about it:
1. Symptoms of sensory neuritis in the hand
Sensory nerves are the nerves responsible for feeling heat, pain, texture, and vibration. If they become inflamed, the symptoms include the following:
- A feeling of numbness , tingling and tingling that begins gradually and may spread to the arm and shoulder.
- A sharp, burning, stinging, or throbbing pain in the hand that usually increases at night.
- Extreme sensitivity to touch.
- Pain worsens when doing simple things.
- Loss of ability to differentiate between cold and hot.
- Complete loss of pain sensation in advanced cases.
2. Symptoms of motor neuritis in the hand
Motor nerves are the nerves responsible for the movement of the muscles of the hand, and the most prominent symptoms of inflammation include the following:
- Severe weakness in the hand muscles that affects the performance of daily functions.
- Hand muscle spasm and twitching .
- Hand muscle paralysis.
Complications of neuritis in the hand
If the symptoms of neuritis in the hand worsen, the diagnosis is delayed, and the treatments prescribed by the doctor are not adhered to, the risk of complications increases, including the following:
1. Permanent muscle damage
Chronic neuritis leads to a risk of muscle damage in the hand and loss of the hand’s ability to move and perform daily tasks, causing limited mobility and many other problems.
2. Burns and wounds
Chronic inflammation of the nerves in the hand can lead to loss of sensitivity to temperature changes and injuries, thus increasing the risk of burns and wounds.
3. Skin infections and infections
Not paying attention to wounds can lead to infections and skin infections, especially if you have diabetes.
Diagnosing the symptoms of neuritis in the hand
The symptoms of neuritis in the hand can be diagnosed and the cause of the inflammation determined through several diagnostic methods, including the following:
1. Clinical examination
At first, the doctor inquires about the patient’s medical and family history, and asks about the nature of the symptoms that the patient suffers from, and the following is also inquired about:
- The medicines you take.
- Previous history of injuries or accidents.
- work nature.
- Family history of infections and nerve diseases.
- The nature of your food.
2. Neurological examination
When performing a neurological examination, the doctor monitors the following:
- Balance and regulation of movement.
- Muscle strength and response.
- The ability to sense things, such as a temperature difference.
3. Comprehensive blood test
A blood test helps check the following:
- Disruption in the ratio of some minerals and vitamins.
- Electrolyte and salt disturbance.
- Thyroid problems .
- Poisoning with some substances.
- Viral infection or autoimmune disease.
Your doctor may use an MRI to check for tumors and the cause of nerve compression.
5. Genetic testing
Your doctor may order a genetic test if you suspect that you have a hereditary genetic disease that has led to symptoms of neuritis in the hand.
6. Electrodiagnostic check
The electrodiagnostic examination helps to detect the location of the inflammation and the extent of nerve damage, and is done in two ways:
- Study of electrical conductivity.
- Needle electromyography.
In some cases, your doctor may need to take a biopsy of either nerve cells, muscle cells, or skin cells and see them in a lab.
8. Other examinations
Other examinations include:
- Examination of the body’s ability to sweat.
- Examine the ability to sense heat, pain, vibrations, and the texture of objects.