Alcoholism

Alcoholism

Alcohol consumption is often Alcohol is known to have a negative effect on nerve tissues and alcoholism is a common cause of neuropathy. Patients of this may experience a burning feeling and tingling sensation in their feet and according to the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, these symptoms may last for a few months to a few years. The most important thing you should do if you are diagnosed with nerve damage caused by drinking alcohol is to stop drinking alcohol. This is obviously easier said than done, but it makes a drastic difference when it comes to nerve damage and the pain associated with it. At SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in Pleasanton, we can help you find relief from the pain of this permanent condition.

Alcoholic neuropathy can affect both movement and feeling. The symptoms range from slight discomfort to severe disability. Here are some symptoms you should look for:

  • Numbness in the legs and arms
  • “Pins and needles” sensations
  • Weakness, cramps, aches, and spasms in muscles
  • Erection problems
  • Urinating issues
  • Bowel movement issues
  • Nausea
  • Problems swallowing or talking,
  • Unsteady walking

(this list was compiled from information found on https://medlineplus.gov)

The changes you experience in muscle strength or sensation tend to occur on both sides of the body and are generally more common in the legs than in the arms. These symptoms gradually develop over time and if there is no treatment attempted, it can get worse over time. Treatment is easier once the alcohol problem has been addressed, usually with counseling and group support like Alcoholics Anonymous. The treatment goals for alcoholic neuropathy include:

  • Getting a handle on symptoms
  • Maximizing ability to function independently
  • Injury Prevention

According to Medline Plus, damage to the nerves from alcohol abuse is usually permanent. The best thing to do is to call to make an appointment with a medical professional. Once you do, your doctor will test you for vitamin deficiencies, including niacin, vitamin B12, folate, and vitamins E and A. The nerve damage experience from alcohol abuse is different in everyone, but treatments generally include:

  • Increasing vitamin consumption
  • Pain relievers
  • Medication for specific problems
  • Physical therapy
  • Special safety gear, including stabilizing footwear

The doctors of SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in Pleasanton know that it is hard to stop excessive drinking, but if you are willing, we can help you take the first steps towards healing. Give us a call today at (925) 393-0100.

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