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 beverage 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 Prairie Star Functional Health Center may be able to help you find relief from your discomfort. Call (913) 562-6100 to schedule an appointment for a consultation today.
Although many of the symptoms for alcoholic neuropathy are similar to diabetic neuropathy (pain, numbness, and 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 Prairie Star Functional Health Center 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, 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, Prairie Star Functional Health Center offers this type of treatment that can help you control symptoms by maximizing your ability to 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 Prairie Star Functional Health Center at (913) 562-6100 to schedule a consultation.