Although peripheral neuropathy is commonly associated with diabetes and chemotherapy, nerve damage can also occur as a result of alcohol abuse. Alcoholism affects millions of people every day in the United States. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2014 conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “16.3 million adults ages 18 and older had an [Alcohol Use Disorder], which includes 10.6 million men and 5.7 million women” (samhsa.gov, 2014), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported, “nearly 88,0009 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States” (cdc.gov, 2014).
Consuming alcohol over a long period of time may induce alcoholic neuropathy based on the high amount of ethanol in these beverages, which can be very toxic to nerve tissues. This type of nerve damage will initially begin to impact a person’s feet and hands, resulting in a similar reduction of sensation as diabetic neuropathy. For example, when people are suffering from alcoholic neuropathy, they may experience a burning and tingling feeling in their hands and feet. These feelings may continue for months and years in some cases. Patients with this condition are highly recommended to stop consuming any alcoholic beverages to help improve symptoms and avert any further nerve damage. Additionally, patients with alcoholic neuropathy are recommended to take the same precautions as those with diabetic neuropathy. Unfortunately, this form of nerve damage usually becomes permanent under certain conditions.
If you believe that you have alcoholic neuropathy, the doctors at Functional Health Institute may be able to help you find relief from your discomfort. Call (913) 214-0390 to schedule an appointment for a consultation today.
Although many of the symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy are similar to diabetic neuropathy (pain, numbness, muscle weakness, aches, or contractions), many of the symptoms are connected to extreme alcoholism, such as:
- Frequent constipation
- Uncontrollable diarrhea
- Incontinence or difficulty urinating
- Impotence in men
- Constant feeling of nausea/vomiting
Seeking treatment for alcoholic neuropathy is a life-changing decision, and the doctors at Functional Health Institute are here to help. The first and most important decision you will want to make is to stop drinking alcohol, then you will want to pursue treatment for alcoholism from a qualified expert, as alcoholic withdrawals can be devastating to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Next, your body will require therapy to recover from the damage that alcohol did to your nerves. Fortunately, Functional Health Institute offers treatment that can help you control symptoms of neuropathy by maximizing your nerve function without having to take medications. However, once again, you will need to prepare yourself to make some drastic life changes if you are to recover from alcoholic neuropathy.
For more information on how to find relief from the discomfort of alcoholic neuropathy symptoms, call Functional Health Institute at (913) 214-0390 to schedule a consultation.