Asked by Hunter
Can Emotional Stress Cause Peripheral Neuropathy
My sister had a brief case of peripheral neuropathy. All the tests came back negative for an organic cause (a few are still pending but the doctor doubts they will turn up anything). Is it possible that long-term untreated depression and anxiety can cause a brief episode of neuropathy?
That's an interesting question. I really don't know. Of course anxiety can exacerbate many symptoms and relaxation training is sometimes used to help people cope with peripheral neuropathy. Massage therapy is used as well with the idea that it relaxes muscles providing more blood flow to the nerves and washing toxins away.
I had a case of peripheral neuropathy (tingling in arms and limbs, limbs falling asleep frequently) that was due to a cause that most doctors would never think of - ingesting too much Mercury in my diet. I had a fish rich diet - once I stopped eating fish the problem completely went away. Good luck with your sister.
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