When it presents, however, it can cause anemia, leukopenia, myelopathy (problems with the spinal cord) and peripheral neuropathy including poor muscle control. This is extremely problematic and can lead to long-term symptoms of neuropathy if not diagnosed and treated quickly. It may also lead to muscle weakness and frequent falls or loss of balance.
Causes of Copper DeficiencySo even with limited chance of neuropathy from not eating enough copper, there are two major (and common) reasons for peripheral neuropathy to present:
- Gastric Bypass Surgery - Leading to poor absorption (malabsorption) of copper from the diet or supplements.
- Zinc Toxicity - Higher amounts of zinc in the diet (as when taking zinc for a cold or in a vitamin without adding copper) can cause a decrease in copper stores and lead to copper deficiency.
Whatever the cause of your copper deficiency, this is a condition that should be considered when looking at peripheral neuropathy.