What Are Causes Of Neuropathy?
It is estimated that about 30% of neuropathy sufferers are “idiopathic” or get involved with unknown cause. In fact, neuropathy is not a single disease, but a nerve damage caused by some conditions, which are:
- Diabetes: this is considered the most common cause of chronic peripheral neuropathy. The high blood sugar levels in those with poorly controlled diabetes may damage the nerves.
- Folate or B12 vitamin deficiency could lead to nerve damage as well as peripheral neuropathy.
- Exposure to poisons (toxins): solvents and insecticides could result in peripheral nerve damage.
- Drugs like chemotherapy medication as well as medicines for HIV could lead to damage to the peripheral nerves.
- Cancers: peripheral neuropathy could happen in those with cancer like multiple myeloma and lymphoma.
- Chronic kidney disease: if the human kidneys function abnormally, an imbalance of chemicals and salts could result in peripheral neuropathy.
- Alcohol excess: high levels of alcohol could cause nerve damage.
- Injuries: tight plastercasts and broken bones could put pressure on the nerves
- Infections: some infections like HIV infection, shingles, and lyme disease could cause peripheral nerves.
- Connective tissue diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis.
- Some inflammatory conditions: conditions like sarcoidosis and celiac disease could lead to peripheral neuropathy.
- Idiopathic: in some people, there is no specific cause of peripheral neuropathy.