Answers to Common Neuromuscular Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about neuromuscular health.

Does peripheral neuropathy point to any underlying medical issues?

The nerve issues that cause peripheral neuropathy often times are caused by underlying medical issues, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Some diseases and disorders that can lead to peripheral neuropathy, according to the NIH, include:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Cancer
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Environmental toxins
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • HIV that causes AIDS
  • Industrial toxins
  • Infections
  • Kidney disorders
  • Medication toxicity
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Neuromas
  • Repetitive physical stress
  • Small vessel disease
  • Sudden injury or trauma

Diabetes is a common underlying issue of peripheral neuropathy, according to the American Diabetes Association, between 60 percent and 70 percent of people with diabetes will eventually develop peripheral neuropathy.

Talk to your doctor for more information about underlying medical issues that could point to peripheral neuropathy.

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Source: Tracy Eicher, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute