It has been estimated that up to 10% of the World population has or will develop Idiopathic Neuropathy!
Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) can be caused by many things, and “Idiopathic” means: “of or a cause of disease we do not know”. Basically, if a doctor tells you that you have something “idiopathic” is just means that we do not know the cause of your condition. However, many times if the patient is examined closely by peripheral neuropathy specialists, we are able to find the cause of the patient’s neuropathy and then be able to do something for them.
While there are more than 100 different types of neuropathy, here is a short list of things that can cause idiopathic neuropathy:
|Chemotherapy Drugs||Spinal Disorders||Viral Infections|
|Tumors||Exposure to Toxins||Autoimmune Disease|
|Vascular Disorder||Antibiotics||Disulfiram (anti alcohol)|
If you have been “diagnosed” with Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy then it is important to consult with a tertiary center for neuropathy, like US Neuropathy Centers. It used to be that doctors would tell patients, “sorry, there is nothing we can do for it—you will have to live with the condition and take either gabapentin or pregabalin.” Well that is not true anymore…