I'm new to the forum and grateful for your participation. This may be a redundant post, if so, my apologies. Last year I was involved in an auto accident and developed numb ankles and feet gradually over the next two weeks. The condition progressed & I now have a very awkward painful gait and feet cramping wakes me early most mornings. A Neurologist performed a nerve conduction study (no EMG) & confirmed the diagnosis of polyneuropathy. When I told him I had previous back surgeries (six) and chronic pain, he said the neurology was not related to the spine and that trauma (i.e. auto accident) is not the cause of neuropathy. I understand now the difference between autonomic nerves and the spinal nerves. I don't have the "typical" causes of nueropathy (hereditary, diabetes, alcohol abuse, etc.). Is he correct that an auto accident trauma like I experienced would not cause my problem? It's very frustrating not knowing the cause & therefore possible treatment. Are my prior back injuries a possible cause or related in some way?
Any help or advice would be wonderful. Thank you, John
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