neuropathy, sometimes called mononeuropathy, affects a
single nerve, most often in the wrist, thigh, or foot. It may also affect the
nerves of the back and chest, as well as those that control the eye
Focal neuropathy is far less common than peripheral or
autonomic neuropathy. It occurs mostly in older people with diabetes. Focal
neuropathies usually come on suddenly and sometimes improve on their own within 6 to
Focal neuropathy may cause:
Pain in a single, limited area of the body, such
as a wrist or foot. When focal neuropathy causes nerve entrapment, soreness and
pain may develop gradually over several weeks or months.
and around one of the eyes, trouble moving the eyes, and double vision. This
occurs when one of the
cranial nerves is affected.
that occurs in a band-shaped area around the chest or abdomen.
Weakness and pain in the lower back,
often extending to the thigh (femoral neuropathy), sometimes causing
These symptoms may be caused by other serious conditions. See your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms.
If you have diabetes and peripheral neuropathy, you are also
more likely to get focal neuropathy from pressure points. To avoid creating
Don't cross either one of your legs over the
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKarin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology