Causes of Neuropathy
By Dr. Steven Waldman of Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
Neuropathy does not only occur in diabetics – it can have many other causes. It’s not always easy to pinpoint the exact cause of peripheral neuropathy, because it can be caused by a number of factors. A consultation with your Milwaukee, WI Podiatrist is the best place to start. Common causes of neuropathy include:
When damage occurs to several nerves, the cause frequently is diabetes. Changes in blood sugar can damage the nervous system. At least half of all people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
Many times when people have chemotherapy, or chemo for treatment, they develop neuropathy during or after the treatment. This new symptom or side effect can be permanent. Certain other medications are also known to cause neuropathy.
Trauma Or Pressure On The Nerve
Traumas, such as motor vehicle accidents, falls or sports injuries, can sever or damage peripheral nerves. Nerve pressure can result from using a cast or crutches, spending a long time in an unnatural position, or repetitive motion injuries.
Many alcoholics develop peripheral neuropathy because they have poor dietary habits, leading to vitamin deficiencies.
Certain viral or bacterial infections can cause peripheral neuropathy, including Lyme disease, shingles (varicella-zoster), Epstein-Barr, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS.
Autoimmune diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Other diseases, including Kidney disease, liver disease and an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) also can cause peripheral neuropathy.
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