Polyneuropathy is a term that refers to a generalized process affecting many peripheral nerves, most commonly distal nerves. Clinical symptoms include numbness and tingling, hypesthesia muscle weakness, decreases or increased muscle tone, reduced or diminished reflexes and pain.

The causes for polyneuropathy vary including diabetes mellites, autoimmune disease, toxins, systemic disease, and vitamin deficiency. The role of nutrition regarding the cause and treatment of polyneuropathy has been studied extensively supporting the hypothesis that b vitamins play a crucial role in nerve health; more specifically B12 and B6.

Vitamin b6, is a water- soluble vitamin that is present naturally in foods. It is also available as a supplement. Vitamin b6 deficiency and toxicity has been associated with neurological conditions such as depression, confusion, and neuropathy.

Evaluation of polyneuropathy includes laboratory testing to assess systemic and metabolic causes and assess vitamin levels. Additional testing, ie nerve conduction study or MRI, may be needed to rule out motor neuron involvement.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, schedule a consultation with one of our providers at The Manhattan Center for Headache & Neurology or it’s sister site, Nervana Neurospa.

By: Jordan Shankle, PA