Peripheral Neuropathy vs Nephropathy

Posted by cbreiner @cbreiner, Aug 14, 2019

Has anybody heard of having nephropathy before diagnosis of diabetes? Where can I find documentation of this? Thank you

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@cbreiner, there are 2 medical terms that often get confused because they sound almost the same and look similar: neuropathy and nephropathy.

NEUROpathy is a result of damage to the nerves (neuro) outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves)
NEPHRopathy means kidney disease or damage (nephro).

To help me connect you to other members like you, can you tell me if you have neuropathy or nephropathy?

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I have Stage 3 Kidney disease and shattered my ankle in 2011. I was told a few years ago that I have Peripheral Nephropathy, so cannot take anything for pain but Tramadol, doesn't help the pain much, and wondered what else there is. I heard from my Kidney Doctor that Medical Marajuana is ok because it is natural, but have not tried that yet. Also have Diabetes now.


I was just in the Henry Ford Hospital with pneumonia and someone sent a neurologist to see me. I was diagnosed in October 2015 with guillian barre. He said something to me that stuck in my head. It was something to the effect of I will most likely get polyneuropthy since I had guillian barre. Can anyone give me more info to help me understand??? My local Doctors just really do not have a clue.


Hi @sandyhill, Welcome to Connect. I found some information that may provide some help in understanding the condition.

University of Chicago – Guillain-Barré Syndrome / Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (AIDP)

There is another discussion that you may want to read through and post any questions you might have:
> Groups > Neuropathy > Anyone been diagnosed with CIDP? It's very rare

Are you able to share a little more about your symptoms? I'm sure other members with similar symptoms may be able to share what helps them.

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