Toxic neuropathies can be caused by medications like chemotherapy or environmental chemicals. These harsh substances cause damage to the nerves. Patients often complain of burning, tingling, pins and needles and electric or stabbing pains. Sometimes normal sensations can be uncomfortable, like the bed sheets touching your feet.
Your health care provider may order several tests to find the cause of your nerve pain. This may include drawing blood, nerve conduction study/electromyography, skin biopsy, or nerve biopsy. Some patients may experience this neuropathy and have no known cause.
The first goal is to complete a careful evaluation to determine the toxic agent. Once the agent is identified, a plan is created to remove or minimize exposure to the agent. In some instances there may be a specific treatment available.
For more information and/or to make an appointment with the Maryland Peripheral Neuropathy Center, please call 410-328-3100.