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Alcohol Abuse Doesn’t Just Hurt the Liver

We've all heard the warning signs of how dangerous excessive consumption of alcohol can be, from impaired driving to liver damage to addiction and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, liver disease and even some forms of cancer. But there's another risk to the body's nervous system that occurs with excessive drinking - and many people have never heard of it. It's called peripheral neuropathy (also called alcoholic neuropathy), and you could have it without even realizing it.

"Peripheral neuropathy in alcoholics and excessive drinkers is literally damage caused to the nerves by excessive alcohol consumption," says Dr. Nathan Weller, a peripheral neuropathy specialist who practices in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Often, alcoholic patients will begin to feel pain and tingling in their hands and feet but won't think much of it because it comes and goes. But it's a very serious condition and shouldn't be ignored."

That's because peripheral neuropathy permanently deteriorates the nerves, and that damage is irreversible.

"With alcoholic peripheral neuropathy, it is possible to stop the damage from worsening with the cessation of drinking, but it isn't possible to reverse the damage that has already occurred," Weller says.

The condition occurs because when we consume too much alcohol, we block our body from absorbing vitamins like vitamin E, folate, B12, B6 and niacin - all crucial to healthy nerve function. When the nerves don't function properly, that causes peripheral neuropathy, which, according to Weller, can include everything from numbness and tingling to loss of muscle movement, incontinence, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, impaired speech and more.

"There's good news and bad news with alcoholic peripheral neuropathy," says Weller. "The bad news is that most likely the damage to your nerves is permanent. The good news is that as soon as you stop drinking you can stop the spread of the nerve damage and improve some of the side effects of the neuropathy. Better still, there are lots of natural, minimally invasive treatment options available to patients with peripheral neuropathy. No matter the cause of the damage, most patients respond well to a combination of therapies to treat their symptoms - and it can all be done drug free, so it won't interfere with your recovery."

For more information or to make an appointment for a consultation, call Restore Wellness Center at 480-751-1629.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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