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Are neuropathy and frost bite related?

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Posted on Wed, 19 Oct 2016
Question: Is there a correlation between neuropathy and frost bite.
I am trying to get an answer as I am trying to convert my Medicare advantage plan from an F to a G plan. If the neuropathy is caused by diabetes, then I do not qualify. My doctor blames it on diabetes, although I told him I suffered from severe frost bite as a teenager and my feet get numb form cold floors.
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka (45 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Frostbite can cause neuropathy

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

The answer is yes, frost bite may cause damage to peripheral nerve endings and as a result cause neuropathy symptoms, which may be exacerbated by contact with hot or cold surface.

However since you are 76 now and the frostbite damage was as a teenager, if you didn't have the symptoms till now for so many years, your doctors would be right in arguing that diabetes is the cause.

If present since the frostbite though then certainly that is the most probable cause.

I remain at your disposal for other questions.
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Are neuropathy and frost bite related?

Brief Answer: Frostbite can cause neuropathy Detailed Answer: I read your question carefully and I understand your concern. The answer is yes, frost bite may cause damage to peripheral nerve endings and as a result cause neuropathy symptoms, which may be exacerbated by contact with hot or cold surface. However since you are 76 now and the frostbite damage was as a teenager, if you didn't have the symptoms till now for so many years, your doctors would be right in arguing that diabetes is the cause. If present since the frostbite though then certainly that is the most probable cause. I remain at your disposal for other questions.