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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?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 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 52 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 40 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.

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