Neuritis refers to the inflammation of a nerve, which can become serious if not treated in time. Some of the common symptoms of neuritis include:
• Repeated “pins and needles” sensations
• Decreased movement
• Poor, or slow, reflexes
• Paralysis or deadening sensation of the affected area
• Weakening of the muscles in the affected area
What many people are unaware of is that neuritis is not a disease rather it is a symptom of a more serious problem – just like a cough is simply one symptom of a cold. As with most things, there are a variety of known causes of neuritis including:
• Infection, specifically of herpes and shingles. Less commonly, leprosy may be to blame, although this disease is incredibly uncommon in the United States.
• Injury, either chemical-related or physical-related
• Radiation poisoning
• Deficiency of Vitamin B12
Once the cause of the neuritis is determined your physician will work to fix the cause and typically the symptom of neuritis will disappear. For example, if your neuritis is caused by diabetes it will typically be due to elevated blood glucose levels. If this is determined to be the cause your physician will work with you to lower your glucose levels at which time the neuritis will go away.