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What are changes that neuropathy may cause to the body?

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Neuropathy means that your nerves don’t work the way they should because your nerve cells, or neurons, are damaged or destroyed. It can cause changes in your:

  • Sensory nerves, which you need to feel things. You may have pain, tingling, or numbness.
  • Motor nerves, which control movement. Damage in these nerves can cause weakness.
  • Autonomic nerves, which manage physical functions you don’t control, such as your heart rate and blood pressure.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Neuropathy.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.”

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy: “Alcohol,” “Chemo-Induced PN,” “Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency,” “Idiopathic Neuropathy.”

Fiona Gupta, MD, neurologist, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Neuropathy.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet.”

The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy: “Alcohol,” “Chemo-Induced PN,” “Nutrition and Vitamin Deficiency,” “Idiopathic Neuropathy.”

Fiona Gupta, MD, neurologist, Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diabetic Neuropathies: The Nerve Damage of Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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