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How do you know if your nerve damage is caused by drug side effects and toxic substances?

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Various substances that are taken into the body intentionally or unintentionally have the ability to cause nerve pain and nerve damage. These include medications, such as some chemotherapies for cancer and certain drugs used to treat HIV. Toxic substances that may be ingested accidentally, including lead, arsenic, and mercury, may also cause damage to your nerves.

From: Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Peripheral Neuropathy Information Page."

Neuropathy Association: "About Peripheral Neuropathy: Facts."

Cleveland Clinic: "Peripheral neuropathy."

Muscular Dystrophy Association: "Diseases."

Weill Cornell Medical College: "Neuropathic pain."

The University of Chicago: "About Peripheral Neuropathy: Three types of peripheral nerves."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet."

Neuropathy Association: "Types of neuropathy."

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) and diabetes."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Guillain-Barre Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Azhary, H.   April 1 2010. Am Fam Physician, ,

Vinik, A. , 2007. Circulation

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Peripheral Neuropathy Information Page."

Neuropathy Association: "About Peripheral Neuropathy: Facts."

Cleveland Clinic: "Peripheral neuropathy."

Muscular Dystrophy Association: "Diseases."

Weill Cornell Medical College: "Neuropathic pain."

The University of Chicago: "About Peripheral Neuropathy: Three types of peripheral nerves."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Fact Sheet."

Neuropathy Association: "Types of neuropathy."

American Diabetes Association: "Diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) and diabetes."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Guillain-Barre Syndrome Fact Sheet."

Azhary, H.   April 1 2010. Am Fam Physician, ,

Vinik, A. , 2007. Circulation

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on March 16, 2018

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