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10 Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

10 Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

The painful condition of peripheral neuropathy can affect anyone but it is more common to experience this condition as a result of certain health problems like diabetes, injury, or infection. Peripheral neuropathy is a problem arising from damage to the nerves, most commonly to the nerves that travel to the hands and feet. These nerves become damaged by a variety of factors and cause numbness or tingling in the hands and feet, a sharp or burning pain, and other symptoms including digestive disorders and lack of coordination. Here are 10 main reasons why some people suffer from this debilitating condition.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

  1. Diabetes: Half of all people with diabetes suffer from peripheral neuropathy and it is most often a problem when blood sugar levels are poorly controlled. Peripheral neuropathy is a common and painful complication of diabetes.
  2. Autoimmune diseases: Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, HIV and other autoimmune diseases can damage nerves and lead to peripheral neuropathy.
  3. Vitamin deficiency: Sometimes long-term deficiency in certain vitamins can cause nerve damage. This is particularly common in people with alcoholism.
  4. Infection: Viral and bacterial infections cause peripheral neuropathy in some cases.
  5. Toxins: Exposure to certain chemicals or heavy metals can damage nerves.
  6. Chemotherapy: The drugs used to treat cancer may result in nerve damage.
  7. Inherited disorders
  8. Tumors: benign or malignant tumors may cause nerve damage by pressing on the nerve or being located on the nerve itself.
  9. Liver disease and kidney disease
  10. Pressure or trauma: An injury that damages the nerves may result in peripheral neuropathy, or you can suffer from the condition when you perform repetitive motions like typing, over a long period of time.

Different factors affect the nerves in different ways, and also affect certain nerves while others are spared. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of peripheral neuropathy in many cases.

Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

If you think you have been affected by any of these conditions and are experiencing numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, seek professional advice. A check-up will help ascertain whether you are suffering from peripheral neuropathy and a treatment plan can be devised. Treatment strategies to manage the pain of the condition include massage, diet, exercise, and physical therapy. You may also benefit from alternative therapies and relaxation therapies like yoga and deep breathing.

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