Can I have neuropathy without having diabetes?

Neuropathy is a general term used for problems with misfiring nerves creating pain and numbness. This has many causes, and although diabetes is one of the most common culprits, it is by no means the only one. Other diseases can damage nerves, particularly ones affecting the kidneys, liver, and connective tissues. Autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis may cause it as well. Even infections like Lyme disease, shingles, and HIV can contribute to it.

Injuries are common causes of neuropathy, too, especially in the lower limbs. Damage to nervous tissue or an injury pressing on a nerve can create neuropathy symptoms. Tumors and other growths could press on the tissue as well. Exposure to toxins, extreme alcohol consumption, and vitamin deficiencies can all lead to painful nerve damage. If you’re struggling with nerve pain, contact Dr. Robert Parker at Parker Foot & Ankle. We’ll help you identify the source of the problem and get the care you need. Make an appointment at our Houston, TX, office online or by calling (281) 497-2850.

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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.