Alcoholic neuropathy is damage to the nerves that results from excessive consumption of alcohol.
Alcoholic Neuropathy Symptoms
Numbness in the arms and legs
Abnormal sensations; “pins and needles”
Painful sensations in the arms and legs
Muscle cramps or muscle aches
Heat intolerance, especially after exercise
Impotence (in men)
Incontinence (leaking urine)
Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
Difficulty beginning to urinate
Additional symptoms that may occur with this disease:
Loss of muscle function or feeling
Muscle contractions or spasm
Note: Changes in muscle strength or sensation usually occur on both sides of the body and are more common in the legs than in the arms. Symptoms usually develop gradually and slowly become worse over time.
Exams and Tests
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask questions about your symptoms. An eye exam may show eye problems.
Alcoholism often makes your body unable to use or store certain vitamins and minerals. Blood tests will be done to check for a deficiency (lack of):
Thiamine (vitamin B1)
Pyridoxine (vitamin B6)
Pantothenic acid and biotin
Niacin (vitamin B3)
Additional tests may be done to rule out other possible causes of neuropathy.
Tests may include:
Liver and kidney function tests
Thyroid function tests
Levels of vitamins and minerals in the body
Nerve conduction tests
Upper GI and small bowel series
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