10 Causes for Your Neuropathic Pain


Neuropathy refers to the condition where a person feels pain, numbness, weakness, or tingling in the feet due to nerve damage. There are a number of reasons for this neuropathic pain – do not jump to a diagnosis, but if you become concerned, take note and make sure you talk to your physician about the symptoms at your next appointment:

1. Cancer

Cancer is one of the major causes of neuropathic pain; especially cancers that attack the nervous system. Tumors that grow in or close to the brain and spinal cord damage the nerves in that area resulting in neuropathy.

2. Chemotherapy

Radiation and chemotherapy can damage nerves resulting in polyneuropathy where some nerves are damaged. However, when the patient stops chemotherapy, the body begins to heal and start to recover from neuropathy.

3. Toxins

Exposure to harmful chemicals such as pesticides and insecticides for longer periods can also lead to neuropathy. Mercury, arsenic, thallium, and lead are also some common chemicals that can cause neuropathy. 

4. B12 vitamin deficiency

Lack of B12 vitamin can lead to muscle aches, lightheadedness, and heart palpitations. This deficiency causes neuropathy because it damages the protective layer around the nerves causing them to stop functioning normally.

5. Diabetes

High levels of sugar in the blood can damage the nerves in the feet causing neuropathy. It is imperative to maintain low blood sugar levels to decrease the risk of nerve damage. 

6. Infection

When the immune system is trying to help the body recover from an infection, it can attack the nervous system and the nerves thus causing neuropathy. 

7. Inflammatory diseases

Inflammatory diseases can also cause neuropathy. People who are sensitive to gluten can get the celiac disease which damages the small protrusions outside the intestines known as villi which can result in many health problems including neuropathy.

8. Injuries

Any form of injury or blow can cause nerve damage resulting in neuropathy. Muscle or tissue damage can cause swelling in the tissues leading to nerve damage. Similarly, a broken bone can also cause neuropathy because it damages the nerves. 

9. Idiopathic

In this age of scientific advancement and technology, it seems impossible that the cause of an Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy cannot be identified, but it is true. This type of neuropathy does not have a known cause that is why its treatment also takes a trial and error route.  

10. Kidney diseases

Kidney diseases are also a common cause of neuropathy. In a kidney disease, the kidneys do not function properly. They are unable to remove waste from the body. This waste builds up leading to renal failure which results in neuropathy because the imbalance of salts and chemicals in the body damage the nerves. 

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