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I have a numb feeling on toes of both feet. after blood tests a neurology doctor recommend vitamins b1 and b6, is that likely to solve the problem?

5 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
May Help: If the blood tests indicated deficiency of either or both of these vitamins, replacing the same should help.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
B1B6: If the blodd levels of b1b2 were low then it may help.I suppose you had the levels done, but if the levels are normal then i doubt if it will help.All the best.
Dr. Peter Glusker
Neurology 47 years experience
Tingling toes: Tingling toes is commonly from damage to the ends of nerves. Early diabetes, abnormal thyroid levels, B12 deficiency and alcohol are common causes. B6 can help, but excess b6 (more than 200 mg/day) can cause that problem. The solution is to find out the specific cause is before treating. If alcohol, stop. If thyroid, treat. If B12 deficiency, high dose oral replacement. If diabetes, treat.
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
May do !!: If the diagnosis of a vitamin deficiency is correct the symptoms will improve. This sounds like peripheral neuropathy but your neurologist must have told you and has done or will do the appropriate tests.
Dr. Laurence Haber
Neurology 36 years experience
Not likely: Ask ur neurologist if "all" the tests for neuropathy were done and for the evidence he based his opinion on. If "all" the tests were (-) and u have objective evidence. -- it should be recognized that among the most common causes is "unknown".

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