Can You Have Neuropathy Without Having Diabetes?

Answering this question is quite easy.

Yes, you can have neuropathy without having diabetes. In fact, the list of potential causes is very long. Diabetes is the most common cause, however, because it can cause serious damage to the nerves in the body’s extremities, especially the feet and hands. In fact, the condition many people talk about (and suffer from, unfortunately) is called peripheral neuropathy.

The word “peripheral” refers to the edges of the body, such as feet, lower legs, hands and wrists. Diabetes is one cause, along with alcoholism, deficiency in vitamin B12, thyroid problems, protein disorders, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis, poisoning from heavy metals or other toxins, diseases of the autoimmune system etc.

Disease of the Nerves

Neuropathy is a nerve disease, with diabetic neuropathy being one specific type. Inflammation can cause the problem, along with such diseases as shingles. Some people find temporary relief from placing an ice pack on the affected area, but as you might imagine, this relief only lasts a short time. You should probably take more long-lasting steps to deal with your nerve pain. Learn more by visiting the website The Neuropathy Solution. This solution is a proven, self-treatment you can use without drugs or surgery.

When you’re truly suffering from neuropathy you will probably feel tingling or numbness, and may experience stronger pain – sharp, stabbing, burning. Some individuals visit a doctor to ask about something like a swollen ankle or pain in the feet that is causing them excruciating pain. When they’re told they are suffering from neuropathy they often respond by saying, “But I’m not diabetic.”

This is when the doctor tells them there are dozens of other causes for nerve pain. A swollen ankle may not be neuropathy, because this condition usually involves skin or surface pain, including the burning or stabbing sensations mentioned. Swelling may occur but that’s not the reason to immediately suspect neuropathy. For example, one individual found the cause to be the chemotherapy she had been through as a cancer treatment. This is not uncommon.

Smoking Etc.

Medical histories and separate studies have shown neuropathy is connected to the tobacco-smoking habit. As mentioned, neuropathy is a disease of the nerves and regular tobacco use can cause damage to the nerves in the extremities. If you’re a smoker, and you have started to experience tingling and numbness in your toes or fingertips, you may want to give serious thought to quitting the tobacco habit.

There’s no guarantee this will end the tingling sensation. But it might help not only that but could prevent future pain and more serious health problems. Swelling from an injury might accompany nerve damage, since injuries are definitely a potential cause of neuropathy. It’s essential for individuals to learn more, from reliable sources, if they experience the sensations and pain described.

While many cases of neuropathy are idiopathic, a large number of cases can be diagnosed and linked to a specific cause. (Idiopathic simply means the cause is unknown.)

It might be wise at this point to look a bit more closely at possible causes for neuropathy, nerve damage and nerve pain. Some people report a burning sensation, tingling, even pain in feet and legs, yet they don’t take any steps to find the cause and get some sort of treatment started. Learn more by visiting the website The Neuropathy Solution, click here for further information. This self-treatment does not involve drugs or surgery.

Speaking of Causes

Chronic alcohol use, and the consistent use of some prescription drugs, can be root causes of nerve damage. You can do quite a bit in these situations, though making lifestyle changes can sometimes be extremely difficult. If you have been in a situation exposing, you to such heavy metals as mercury you could also develop neuropathy. Some individuals have found a medical condition like thyroid problems ultimately leads to nerve pain or damage.

Eating properly can be a very important way to treat current neuropathy issues and can help you avoid future problems. Vitamin deficiencies can lead to nerve damage, another source of the problem you can deal with by making dietary and lifestyle changes. There are hereditary diseases that can lead to neuropathy as well, though these may have to be diagnosed by a doctor.

In summary, diabetes is just one possible cause of this condition. Be an educated consumer and learn more about self-help treatment and healthy living, to avoid nerve pain and damage.

8 thoughts on “Can You Have Neuropathy Without Having Diabetes?”

  1. In July of ’11 I had two back to back cardiac arrests and of course an emergency quad bypass. One of the first memories I have after coming out of all the drugs they had me on to keep me calm and quiet physically, was an outrageously bad pain in my feet. It was so bad I couldn’t even stand the touch of the bed sheet on either foot. I’m NOT diabetic(I’ve been continuously tested every year since then and still no diabetes). Out of all the Dr.s I have, none so far has come up with any idea what happened to cause it and now going on 9 years later still have it. Any ideas because it’s literally killing me when they give me some very strong pain meds to take every four hours and it still doesn’t relieve the pain, especially the spikes that go OFF the chart of 1-10 when I deal with a life of the pain as a 10 every day as is. I remember that Dr. told me to get my legal affairs in order since I most likely wouldn’t see the end of ’13 and it’s now officially Spring of ’19. I SO wish he would’ve been right, but there’s more than just the neuropathy. I still have the heart issues, PAD, COPD, tremors of some unknown source or cause to the point I can no longer write, draw, sculpt, make my own home made meals (I’d sorta like to keep my fingers….I’m sorta attached to ’em!), I NEVER have any energy, I dropped over 60lbs in about a year but none of my Dr.s seem alarmed. I don’t know what’s going on with me, but I know it’s not fun and for others with just the neuropathy alone, you have my sympathy. I just wish I had a cure. There is no quality of life for me anymore at all but I’m NOT suicidal. Too chicken %hit to try I guess. I just take pills everyday and nothing gets better with Dr.s spread out over three counties. I guess the upside, if there is one, is that it gets me out of the house for appointments, which are many.

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    • Sciatica pain I have isn’t always in my lower back but my feet for the last two years. Went to podiatrists who kept saying it was planters fasciitis. When I receive back injections of cortisteroids for my bulging discs in L4 and L5 vertebrae my foot and heel pain goes away. Your sciatic nerve goes all the down your legs and into your feet. Do you have any problems with your lower back?

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  2. My feet and hands were frostbitten in Korea in 1954-55. I have severe Peripheral Neuropathy (diagnosed by Neurologist) Could there be a cause relationship from this damage many yeas ago? I am not diabetic have not taken drugs that have been implemented, Looking forwarded to your opinion.
    Thanks.

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  3. My husband does not have diabetes but suffers from neuropathy. His father did as well and was also not diabetic. My husband started having problems in his mid 50s and now he has a wound on his toe that isn’t healing. He’s been referred to a wound care specialist. He is frustrated because he has lost 55 pounds, he has never drank that much alcohol and doesn’t smoke. His dad was the same. It is frustrating because no one can either tell him how to treat it or what the cause might be. Every day he is losing nerve function. It’s hard to believe that modern day medicine can’t do anything. He takes some medications but they don’t help. Are there any clinical trials he might be able to participate in?

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  4. I have had idiopathic peripheral neuropathy since 1984, although there was no definitive diagnosis until the late 90s. I’ve been taking Lyrica for years but it does little to relieve the pain. The Dr.s have tried Relaxation therapy, self hypnosis, Fentanyl, Methadone. Nothing worked. My Neurologist gave up on me, saying I had exceeded his experience level. Next week I see a new Neurologist at Oklahoma University Medical Center. Maybe, in the years since, they will have a better idea of how to treat it.

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    • Was there a breakthrough? I also have idiopathic peripheral neuropathy. I am now trying acupuncture. By chance do you have hypothyroidism? So far nothing is working for me.

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  5. I take pregabalin for the pain with little help. I’m with everyone else I can’t believe the doctors can’t figure out the pain with their vast knowledge. I’m really concerned about the long term outcome of this disease. I’ve had multiple blood tests which indicate that my blood is normal but I know something is wrong. I plan to have an mri of my brain and go to a disc center due to back pain. I’m sorry for everyone is dealing with this pain.

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