Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
If you’re unfamiliar with the condition, peripheral neuropathy generally describes a disorder affecting your peripheral nervous system, which is essentially your spine and nerves. Your brain sends signals to other parts of your body through your peripheral nervous system, and nerves relay information back to the brain. Damage to these nerves can produce uncomfortable symptoms in your arms, hands, legs, or feet such as mild to sharp pain, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, hypersensitivity, and more.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in San Ramon at (925) 393-0100 for long-lasting neuropathy pain relief solutions. We offer different nonsurgical procedures that target the direct cause of your symptoms, and we’ve helped many patients experiencing neuropathic pain find relief. Call us to schedule a consultation and get back to living pain-free today.

Peripheral neuropathy can develop from a few different causes. Below are the most common causes of the condition.

Diabetes

About 60% of diabetics will eventually experience some form of nerve damage throughout their life. Nerve damage can be caused by consistently high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. Although symptoms may take years to appear, with most people usually experiencing symptoms closer to mid-life, patients diagnosed with diabetes should manage their blood sugar levels to prevent peripheral neuropathy from developing early or progressing too quickly.

Alcoholism

Alcoholic neuropathy can develop from consuming excess amounts of alcohol over a long period of time. When you drink large amounts of alcohol, ethanol and other toxins are delivered to your nerves in place of essential vitamins and nutrients. These toxins damage your nerves. Early symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy include burning and tingling sensations in your hands and feet.

If you believe you’re suffering from alcoholic neuropathy, call us at (925) 393-0100 to discuss possible treatment plans for you and your condition.

Hereditary Neuropathy

Neuropathy can also develop from a hereditary disorder. There are a few types of hereditary neuropathic disorders, but the most commonly diagnosed is Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (CMT). CMT is a degenerative disease of the nerves and muscles in your lower leg, foot, forearm, and hands. The disease is slowly progressive and can eventually limit the functionality of your hands and feet, as well as produce a loss of sensation in your limbs and physical abnormalities to your feet.

Call our San Ramon office at (925) 393-0100 to find out which of our services is right for you and your symptoms.

Kidney Failure

Your kidneys are responsible for filtering out toxic fluids and waste accumulating throughout your body. Blood vessels within the kidney filter the waste, but high blood sugar levels can destroy those blood vessels and your kidneys would not function properly. Toxins left in your body can damage your nerves, and without properly functioning kidneys, your body cannot regulate blood sugar levels. This can lead to peripheral neuropathy, although symptoms of kidney damage may be hard to detect. We recommend regular testing to detect any abnormalities that could lead to kidney failure.

At SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in San Ramon, we’ve successfully treated symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and we’re dedicated to helping you get back to enjoying everyday life pain free. If pain from peripheral neuropathy is affecting you or someone you know, call our office in San Ramon at (925) 393-0100 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.

In an interview with Medscape.com about the conclusion of her research and the connection between the two conditions, Dr. Spallone also indicated two possible explanations for a link between diabetic peripheral neuropathy and depression: the impact of chronic pain and the possibility of abnormalities in the central nervous system (Medscape.com, 2016).

This conclusion directs attention to the undoubtedly major influence that chronic pain from peripheral neuropathy can have on an individual with diabetes. Fortunately, at SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in Pleasanton, we can certainly help with nerve damage, and, hopefully, that will help ease the feeling of depression.  Call SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in San Ramon at (925) 393-0100 to schedule an appointment today!

If you have developed peripheral neuropathy from diabetes and are becoming depressed as a result, we may have a solution for you. Contact SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy today at (925) 393-0100 to schedule a free consultation. Don’t wait! The sooner you can treat peripheral neuropathy; the sooner you will feel better. Call (925) 393-0100 now!

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