Alcoholic Neuropathy Symptoms

Alcoholic neuropathy

Alcoholic neuropathy is damage to the nerves that results from excessive consumption of alcohol.

Alcoholic Neuropathy Symptoms

Numbness in the arms and legs                                  Nerve.nida

Abnormal sensations; “pins and needles”

Painful sensations in the arms and legs

Muscle weakness

Muscle cramps or muscle aches

Heat intolerance, especially after exercise

Impotence (in men)

Problems urinating

Incontinence (leaking urine)

Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying

Difficulty beginning to urinate



Nausea, vomiting

Additional symptoms that may occur with this disease:

Swallowing difficulty                                       Neuron

Speech impairment

Loss of muscle function or feeling

Muscle contractions or spasm

Muscle atrophy

Movement disorders

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

Vitamin B12

Folic acid

Niacin (vitamin B3)

Vitamin A

Additional tests may be done to rule out other possible causes of neuropathy.
Tests may include:

Electrolyte levels                                                                Alcohol and Diabetes Neuropathy

Electromyography (EMG)

Liver and kidney function tests

Thyroid function tests

Levels of vitamins and minerals in the body

Nerve conduction tests

Nerve biopsy

Upper GI and small bowel series

Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)

Voiding cystourethrogram

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Alcoholic Neuropathy

Alcoholic Neuropathy Symptoms above can be an enormously painful.
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