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Many causes: Hi. Neuropathy is damage to nerve function by metabolic factors, toxins, injuries, etc. Specific types of nerve fibers can be afflicted. In my field, diabetes is a very common cause of neuropathy. Some chemotherapy drugs cause neuropathy. Nutritional deficiencies can cause neuropathy (vitamin B12 deficiency is a classic). So yes, a non-diabetic can have neuropathy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Causes of neuropathy: Other common causes of neuropathy are vitamin B12 deficiency and alcohol effects. There are also causes from proteins (tested with SPEP), heavy metals (tested in the urine), conditions like lupus, infections, medication side effects, inherited disorders, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Took AC1 test. whateva you call it.not a diabetic. came out negative. Yesterday,I have ben diagnosed with neuropathy. Why do I have it, not diabetic?
Remember: Hgba1c testing isn't perfect for diagnosis diabetes(though quite good). But also realize that there are many causes of neuropathy. From toxic exposures like alcohol, nutritional deficiencies like vit B12, infectious causes like Lyme disease, and the list goes on. If someone feels like you have a cause of neuropathy of unclear causes, then consider seeing a neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you advise if I'm diabetic and have all the symtoms of neuropathy but does not show on emg test ?
Small fiber disease?: There is a variety of neuropathy that affects only the smallest nerve fibers, causing pain and numbness without any changes on conventional testing. This can often be diagnosed by a skin punch biopsy, but given that the biopsy result doesn't really change the treatment plan (that is, tighten control of your diabetes), it is not necessary to perform in all cases. ...Read more
Foot ulceration: Diabetics have loss of protective sensation to their feet. This occurs because excess glucose in the blood causes pathological changes to the nerves. Poor sensation can lead to the development of sores or ulcers. Diabetic also have poor blood supply to their feet so it is difficult to heal the ulcers. The ulcers can get infected and cause gangrene of the foot. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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