Neuropathy is typically caused by three main factors:
Disease – Neuropathy is common in the diabetics because high blood sugar levels damage the walls of the blood vessels that feed the nerves in the hands and the feet. It is estimated that 60-70% of all reported cases of neuropathy are diabetes-related. Other diseases that contribute include chronic kidney disease, infections such as HIV, Lyme disease and more.
Injury – Surgeries, car accidents, falls and other physical injuries can put significant pressure on the nerves, harming them and leading to neuropathic pain.
Toxicity – Certain drugs, such as chemotherapy drugs and statins can result in damaging the peripheral nerves.