Answers to Common Neuromuscular Health Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about neuromuscular health.

Who is at risk for developing peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy can be either inherited or acquired, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Heredity can be one reason someone can develop peripheral neuropathy, according to the NIH.

People who have the following physical injuries, diseases, disorders or exposure to toxins are at higher risk of having acquired peripheral neuropathy, according to the NIH:

  • 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

Talk to your doctor for more information about who is at risk of developing peripheral neuropathy.

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Source: Tracy Eicher, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute