Neuropathy is nerve damage that causes numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet. Diabetes, alcoholism, vitamin deficiencies, medications, toxins, kidney failure, trauma, and varicose veins can each cause neuropathy. Family history and advanced age are also predisposing factors for developing neuropathy.
Your medical provider will need to obtain a thorough history and physical at your initial visit. Then, depending on the information discussed at your appointment, your provider may use one or more of the following tests to accurately diagnose the damage's location.
Treatments for Neuropathy
Can Venous disease cause peripheral neuropathy?
Yes, venous disease can cause peripheral neuropathy. Venous disease can lead to reduced circulation in the legs, which can cause nerve damage and peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the extremities. Sensory neuropathy is now considered a symptom of venous insufficiency by some sources (1999 J Vasc Surg). The connection between neuropathy and venous disease is thought to be related to ischemia due to venous microangiopathy and increased endoneurial pressure. A study showed that 65% of patients with neuropathy and leg swelling or skin discoloration experienced improvement or resolution of neuropathy symptoms after treating the venous disease.
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