What is it?

Inflammatory neuropathy is usually caused by an infection or an autoimmune process, when the body attacks its own nerves. Infections may include Hepatitis B&C, Herpes Zoster, HIV, Leprosy and Lyme disease. Toxic neuropathy is caused by toxins, poisons and chemicals. Common toxins causing neuropathy include exposure to lead, mercury, arsenic and thallium, insecticide, solvents, glue, herbal medicines rich with arsenic and mercury and many more.Distal axonopathy, causing dying-back axonal degeneration, is the most common form.

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Signs & symptoms

Signs and symptoms may include pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the feet, weakness and difficulty walking. Other manifestation of neurological dysfunction may be present and include hypohidrosis or hyperhidrosis, urinary incontinence, gastroparesis, blurry vision, facial flushes, orthostatic intolerance, sexual dysfunction, cramping, tachycardia, and rapid alterations in blood pressure.


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination as well as other tests. These tests include Electromyography which tests the electrical signaling in the muscles, nerve conduction velocity test, blood and urine tests for toxins.


Treatment may include pain relievers, elimination of the exposure to relevant toxins or chemicals, and special therapeutic shoes.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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