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Will vitamin b12 injections help loss of sensation in the feet for an 81-year-old female with diabetic neuropathy?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 30 years experience
Possibly.: You can check vitamin B12 in blood to see if levels are normal or not. Oral supplemetation can be effective as well. Metanx is a rx that has l-methyl folate, (folic acid) b6 and B12 works very well for diabetic neuropathy.
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Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 51 years experience
No: I have had success with mentanx a prescription vitamin.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Maybe: If the cause of the neuropathy is due to a vitamin B12 deficiency, vitamin B12 injections may be of benefit. Get evaluated by a professional to determine the exact cause of the neuropathy in order to obtain the best possible treatment.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Not quite simple: Diabetic neuropathy may be helped with symptom relieving meds such as lyrica, (pregabalin) but some pts do well with a medical food metanx. A commonly used diabetic medication, metformin does interfere with vitamin b-12 absorption, and in that case, you could develop low levels and benefit from injections. But otherwise, would not be valuable for pure diabetic nerve symptoms.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 30 years experience
Depends: Is their a B12 deficiency? How bad is the neuropathy? How long has it been present? Why not try an oral form of B12 like metanx? The combo of l- methylfolate, b6, and B12 has shown to reverse effects of diabetic neuropathy.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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