6 causes of neuropathy — and how to manage the condition
Neuropathy is a disease of one or more peripheral nerves that causes numbness, pain and weakness.
After headaches, it is the second most common neurological condition, affecting more than 20 million Americans.
If you have neuropathy, it’s not possible to repair your nerves. But you’ll be happy to know that help is within reach — including several medications — and, in some circumstances, factors that you can control.
Here is a look at the six main causes of neuropathy:
Diabetes is the most common culprit, causing about half of all neuropathy cases. Even prediabetes is of concern to physicians because it leads so often to diabetes.