There can be many causes of peripheral neuropathy. Some of them are as follows:
- Alcoholism - this is because the diet of alcoholics is usually poor and there are vitamin deficiencies
- Diabetes - In diabetics, the nerves become damaged and do not work properly causing symptoms of neuropathy. Many times the nerves become enlarged due to diabetes and then have pressure from the surrounding tissues causing compression on the nerves and resultant neuropathy.
- Medications - certain types of medicine can cause this, especially those used to treat cancer in chemotherapy.
- Infections - some types of bacterial or viral infections such as: shingles, Lyme disease, hepatitis C, HIV and leprosy.
- Trauma - from broken bones to sprains
- Tumors - both benign and malignant
- Vitamin deficiencies - especially Vitamins B-1, B-6, B-12, E and Niacin
- Other diseases such as kidney disease, liver disease and low thyroid (hypothyroid)
If you are concerned about peripheral neuropathy, call Harvey R. Danciger, DPM for further information and evaluation. He is located in Palm Desert, California. Call 760-568-0108, today!