Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Neuropathy occurs when the nerve fails to conduct a proper signal along its course to the spinal cord and brain. This can occur in the nerve ending (dendrites) or the nerve fiber (axon). This dysfunction can be a result of any of the following:

  • Infection

  • Nutritional deficiency

  • Thermal injury

  • Toxins

  • Trauma

  • Underlying disease

Although there are over 100 different potential causes of peripheral neuropathy,
diabetes is responsible for more than ½ of them. Proceeding with peripheral neuropathy treatment without a clear understanding of the root cause will likely end in failure. Intervention should treat both the underlying conditions as well as neuropathy symptoms. Eliminating the cause of your neuropathy can stop new damage from occurring and allow your nerves to regenerate.

A short list of conditions which may contribute to peripheral neuropathy:
  • Alcoholism

  • Chemotherapy

  • Diabetes

  • Nerve trauma such as sciatica or frostbite

Obviously, avoiding progression of the condition is critical to obtaining relief, and helping your body to heal. From there you can decide what type of treatment of peripheral neuropathy you’d like to explore, including natural remedies for neuropathy, neuropathy medications, and or simply adding a once a day neuropathy vitamin supplement to your daily health regimen.

For more detailed discussion of peripheral neuropathy causes, see:

Peripheral Neuropathy Center