Welcome back to our blog series focusing on the causes of neuropathy. In our recent posts, we’ve been looking at some of the common injuries and illnesses that can injure or damage the nerves in throughout the body. When nerves are damaged or sick, neuropathy may develop, which can cause mild to severe pain, numbness, tingling, loss of sensation, impaired movement, muscle weakness, and other symptoms.
Along with traumas to the body and nerves caused by auto accidents, work accidents, personal injuries, and sports-related injuries, illnesses and disorders such as diabetes, neuromas (tumors), different types of cancers, and cancer treatments can cause both acute and chronic neuropathies as a result of nerve damage. If you experience persistent nerve pain, call Advanced Medical to learn more about our neuropathy treatment in Nashville.
Today, let’s continue looking at three more causes of nerve damage and neuropathy as a result of inflammatory infections in the body, also known as inflammatory neuropathy.
Lyme disease is a serious inflammatory illness transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported cases of Lyme disease have been increasing rapidly in the United States in the last five years. While Lyme disease is more common on the east coast, there have been reported cases all over the country. Lyme disease, when diagnosed and treated early, can stop or slow the spread of the infection throughout the body, however, it can lead to peripheral neuropathy if untreated. Because Lyme is an inflammatory infection, it can damage the peripheral nerves throughout the body, causing pain, numbness, tingling, and burning. If left untreated, Lyme-related peripheral neuropathy may develop in as little as a few weeks, or gradually over the course of months or years.
Hepatitis B and C
Hepatitis B and C are inflammatory infections that can cause nerve damage that may lead to neuropathy. Typically, inflammatory neuropathy caused by the hepatitis virus will cause pain, tingling, numbness, and possible loss of sensation in the hands and feet. While neuropathy may be the result of inflamed blood vessels, it may also be from the response of the blood vessels reacting to foreign organisms in the body, such as the hepatitis virus.
For those living with an autoimmune disease — when the immune system attacks the body’s tissues, including nerves — neuropathy is common as a result of nerve damage. Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are typically associated with peripheral neuropathy due to inflamed tissues that can affect the nerve fibers. This type of neuropathy may worsen over time as the tissues in the body continue to be damaged, making the nerves throughout the body vulnerable to injury.
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If you are experiencing pain, numbness, tingling, and any other symptoms associated with neuropathy, contact Advanced Medical to schedule a free consultation with our specialists for neuropathy treatment in Nashville. Our caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable team of experts is devoted to not only helping you manage your nerve pain, but also restoring healthy nerve function through natural, effective, FDA-approved neuropathy treatments. Call us today and start healing from your pain.