U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
United Kingdom
A 54-year-old female asked:

My doc said 3 wks ago by phone i have alcohol neuropathy. have had tingling/buzzing legs&feet 4 weeks.another doc did reflex,touch,strength and co-ordination test the other day.physically fine and no neuropathy! says my anxiety disorder causing it?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Neuropathy : Neuropathy is diagnosed by speaking to a patient, doing a physical examination, and considering tests. A classic test to diagnose neuropathy is an NCV (nerve conduction velocity) . There are several reasons for neuropathy; here are a few, alcohol, diabetes. Lyme disease, vitamin B12 deficiency, HIV, Hepatitis B, and many other reasons. A neurologist has extra training to understand neuropathy
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Maybe not: I am somewhat skeptical of the anxiety diagnosis, and would suggest considering Dr Romano's take instead. I doubt a small fiber neuropathy has yet be completely excluded. Best to have a neurologist do a comprehensive face to face exam.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Neuropathy: Please do see a neurologist. Neuropathy can result from diabetes and chemo treatments. Sometimes there is no one cause that it can be attributed to. Continue to see your docs but also consider a naturally-oriented professional. He/she can discuss the use of Alpha Lipoic Acid and the dose. Peace and good health.
Last updated Feb 15, 2021
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.