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A 51-year-old male asked:

I have neuropathy in my feet caused by alcohol. i have some numbness and not much pain. what is my prognosis/timeframe for recovery? quit drinking.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
So yes, stop : Drinking. Likely, you have low thiamine levels. This can be checked with bloodwork and you can take supplements. I would recommend bentothiamine as a supplement. An epidermal nerve fiber biopsy may give an indication of recovery. In some cases damage may be irreversible.
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Dr. Mak Yousefpour
DM Care, Wound Care, Surgeries 19 years experience
Hard to say: Depends on how long you were drinking for and how extensive of neuropathy you have. Sometimes it may not be reversible and sometimes it might be. Either way by stop drinking you took the right step and prevented further damage of your nerves.
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Last updated Jan 10, 2020

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