Neuropathy is a condition that creates nerve damage in the body. Although the exact cause of neuropathy is unclear, there are certain conditions that may make an individual more susceptible to developing it. Neuropathy is commonly caused by nerve damage or diabetes because of high blood sugar which can lead to nerve damage. Individuals with chronic illnesses such as lupus, arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders can also cause neuropathy.
Other common causes of neuropathy include:
- Traumatic injuries
Types of Conditions
Damage to nerves that control autonomic bodily functions such as blood sugar, blood pressure, digestion, heart rate, or bowel movements.
Neuropathy due to a diabetic condition that causes high blood sugar (glucose), which can lead to damaged blood vessels and nerves over time.
Also known as mononeuropathy, this is a rare form of neuropathy that affects single nerves, most often in your hand, head, torso, or leg.
Nerve damage that is focused on the outside of the brain and near the peripheral nerves also known as the spinal cord. This can impact hand and feet circulation, and create weakness, numbness, or pain.
Proximal neuropathy is a rare form of neuropathy that occurs when the nerves in your hips, thighs, or buttocks are damaged. It usually only affects one side of your body. Although only seen in rare cases, it can spread to both sides.
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