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Can i get nerve damage from drinking alcohol over a long period of time?

Can i get nerve damage from drinking alcohol over a long period of time?

Lots of "it depends": Lots of "it depends..." when trying to answer your questions. (how much? How long? Etc.) but the short answer is, absolutely yes. Alcohol is a poison to your nervous system. ...Read more

Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Can i already have permanent alcohol related nerve damage, how can I know?

Can i already have permanent alcohol related nerve damage, how can I know?

Yes you can: You would know if you have neuropathy and other causes are ruled out. Stop drinking and see your doctor. You can supplement with b vitamins which often get depleted with alcoholic neuropathy. (your doc can advise you on supplementation of thiamine), . ...Read more

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What is alcohol neuropathy and what are the symptoms?

What is alcohol neuropathy and what are the symptoms?

Nerve damage: Alcohol when taken in excessive amounts acts as a toxin to the nerves. This can lead to symptoms of burning or tingling or numbness of the feet. You can experience sexual dysfunction, muscle cramps or memory problems. It can often be reversed with cessation of alcohol. Taking vitamin supplements can also help especially folate, thiamine, b12, b6 and vitamin e. ...Read more

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I have trigmenial sensory neuropathy right side of face for 5 months after consuming alcohol, will it go away??

I have trigmenial sensory neuropathy right side of face for 5 months after consuming alcohol, will it go away??

Maybe.: Unless you are a moderate to heavy drinker, a neuropathy from alcohol use is uncommon. Were you injured? Nerve damage from alcohol can be related to vitamin deficiencies due to excessive drinking. Any new change in function or sensation should be thoroughly evaluated to determine the cause. If the cause is treatable, sometimes the nerve can recover but it can take up to a year to do so. ...Read more

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I have neuropathy in my feet caused by alcohol. I have some numbness and not much pain. What is my prognosis/timeframe for recovery? Quit drinking.

Hard to say: Depends on how long you were drinking for and how extensive of neuropathy you have. Sometimes it may not be reversible and sometimes it might be. Either way by stop drinking you took the right step and prevented further damage of your nerves. ...Read more

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Neurologist said peripheral neuropathy is almost always caused by excessive alcohol or diabetics. If you consume 3 beers per day is pn likely?

Neurologist  said peripheral neuropathy is almost always caused by excessive alcohol  or diabetics.  If you consume 3 beers per day is pn likely?

Not necessarily: Statistically in usa, most common cause of neuropathy is diabetes, or alcohol/ nutritional issues, but your 3 beers daily probably has little impact. In your age group, other etiologies could be present, such as b-12 deficiency, amyloid deposition, medication adverse effects, vascular disease, etc. An EMG could reveal insight. ...Read more

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I have mild tingling on my right cheek the day after drinking alcohol. Worried it's peripheral neuropathy or TIA. Or it could be panic attack.

I have mild tingling on my right cheek the day after drinking alcohol. Worried it's peripheral neuropathy or TIA. Or it could be panic attack.

Doubtful: although alcohol can cause a peripheral neuropathy usually one does not drink it and have the symptoms the next day. It is usually a long term effect of many drinks - not just one. And you should see a neurologist if you are concerned about this. It could be a TIA. It could be RIND. It could even be a small stroke. Do you have any weakness or vision problems? see a doctor if you are. ...Read more

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Besides the common causes of peripheral neuropathy, what else could possibly cause it? No alcohol, no diabetes, or toxins

Everyone has toxins: Toxins are the cause of 95% of human disease. Everyone has them and most do not know it or which ones they have. You body probably is having a rough time getting g rid of the toxic load that you have , but do know about . Find a acam doctor who is experienced in determining the types of toxins and the extent to which you are affected and how to get rid of them. ...Read more

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What causes peripheral neuropathy if there is no history \of diabetes or alcohol abuse?

What causes peripheral neuropathy if there is no history \of diabetes or alcohol abuse?

Neuropathy can: also be secondary to chemotherapy. Additionally, some people develop neuropathy and the cause is not determined. Please see your doc. Natural supplement for this is Alpha Lipoic Acid. Check w/;professional for proper dose. Peace and good health. Needs to be 1200 mg daily or not helpful. Diagnosis or treatment not done here. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more