Alcoholic neuropathy

What is Alcoholic neuropathy?

Alcoholic polyneuropathy (A.K.A alcohol leg) is a neurological disorder in which multiple peripheral nerves throughout the body malfunction simultaneously. It is defined by axonal degeneration in neurons of both the sensory and motor systems and initially occurs at the distal ends of the longest axons in the body. This nerve damage causes an individual to experience pain and motor weakness, first in the feet and hands and then progressing centrally. Alcoholic polyneuropathy is caused primarily by chronic alcoholism; however, vitamin deficiencies are also known to contribute to its development. This disease typically occurs in chronic alcoholics who have some sort of nutritional deficiency. Treatment may involve nutritional supplementation, pain management, abstaining from alcohol.

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I often drink 3-4 ! oz. glasses of Vodka with a water. Since I started that, my bowels leek out without me even
knowing it. Is this alcohol...

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It is due to alcohol -know as alcoholic neuropathy

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my husband has very weak legs nearly to the stage where he can hardly walk he is 55 years old and a very heavy drinker what are the reasons for this

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Chronic alcohol use is associated with a condition called alcoholic neuropathy (damage to nerves). It is...

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I have had a mild case of what I now understand to be alcoholic neuropathy in my legs only for about 8 years, never got worse so I accepted it,...

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Alcoholism is associated with many nutritional deficiencies. Vitamin and mineral deficiency being the most common.

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