What Condition Could Cause Neuropathy Other Than Diabetes?

Question

Asked by Marie

What Condition Could Cause Neuropathy Other Than Diabetes?

I have had foot pain for years but no pain anywhere else. The reading that I've done makes my symptoms sound like peripheral neuropathy, but I've been tested and I'm not diabetic. The cold makes my pain much worse. I have a burning, painful, shooting, "ice pick" type of pain, plus pain in both big toes. Who should I see for help?

Answer

Hi Marie,

You're right, peripheral neuropathy doesn't have to be caused by diabetes. It can be caused by many factors, including autoimmune diseases, trauma, medications, vitamin deficiencies, and other factors, like alcoholism. For this reason it's important to talk to your doctor about what may be causing your symptoms. A podiatrist (foot doctor) can help, but your regular physician can also help determine what might be causing your pain.