Harvard Health Letter

Ask the doctor: Tips to reduce neuropathy pain

Neuropathy is a common problem in the nerves that causes burning and numbness, especially in the feet, calves, and thighs. There are several types of neuropathy, and the most common is called axonal neuropathy. Causes include diabetes, alcohol abuse, an underactive thyroid gland, and some types of cancer chemotherapy. Treatment starts with addressing the underlying cause. For example, people with diabetes should lower blood sugar. There are many medicines that may help, but they don’t help everyone
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