Believe it or not, alcoholic neuropathy is one of the most common symptoms of alcohol abuse. It is also the least recognizable symptom. If you have used alcohol heavily over a long period of time then you might feel pain, tingling, weakness, loss of balance. These are all signs of alcoholic neuropathy.
Signs And Symptoms
The symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy start out slow, and you may not notice them at first. Those who are drinking heavily might not notice these symptoms at first.
– Decreased sensation of the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands or arms
– Pain, tingling or other unusual feelings of the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands or arms
– A weakness of the feet or hands
– Lack of coordination of the feet or hands
– Loss of balance/ unsteadiness when walking
– Bruises, cuts, sores or infections of the skin on the toes, feet, or fingers
– Decreased pain from injuries, especially on the feet or hands
– Dizziness, particularly when standing with your eyes closed
– Trouble walking a straight line, even if you have not been drinking
– Constipation or diarrhea
– Urinary incontinence
– Sexual dysfunction
The Effects Of Alcoholic Neuropathy
This is a disease of the nerves which is caused by heavy alcohol drinking over a long period. There are four categories of this disorder. They include decreased sensation, pain/hypersensitivity, muscle weakness, and autonomic.
One of the dangers of alcoholic neuropathy is that it harms the sensory nerves. This means there is reduced feeling in feet and hands. This can lead to other more dangerous issues.
– Increased bumps and scrapes because you don’t feel when you bump into things and hurt yourself. You might not notice normal painful sensations like shoes being too tight or hitting a corner and this can cause injuries that can get worse because you don’t feel them.
– Since you don’t really feel the pain, you might not take care of blisters or sores which can lead to infections you won’t notice. This is because usually you take care of them since you feel them hurting, and if you don’t you will forget.
– You might not have as good a balance or reaction when you bump into things, so you are more likely to have an accident. You might fall or trip over things that you wouldn’t have before.