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Can neuropathy go away?

Can neuropathy go away?

Depends: It depends on what the cause of neuropathy is. In majority of cases you can improve symptoms by treating the underlying cause and taking appropriate meds. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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What exactly is alcoholic neuropathy?

What exactly is alcoholic neuropathy?

Poisoned nerves: Long term use of excessive alcohol causes nerve damage. The symptoms can be burning pain, tingling sensation, numbness, or weakness. Other symptoms of alcohol polyneuropathy include problems with walking, blood pressure that drops too much when standing causing lightheadedness/fainting. Symptoms are worse when there is also vitamin deficiency such as thiamine deficiency, which can cause dementia. ...Read more

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How long does it take for someone to develop alcoholic neuropathy? I started drinking 3 years ago and feel numbness, tingling next day after drinking.

How long does it take for someone to develop alcoholic neuropathy? I started drinking 3 years ago and feel numbness, tingling next day after drinking.

See details: The time span is very variable. How much do you drink in an average day? Judging from your question, you will have a lot more serious issues from alcohol to worry about in the future than a possible neuropathy. ...Read more

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I'm an alcoholic though I've finally stopped. I developed alcoholic neuropathy in my feet, but have never had the courage to discuss my condition with my doctor for fear of repercussions from insurance companies after being labeled an alcoholic. My ques

I'm an alcoholic though I've finally stopped.  I developed alcoholic neuropathy in my feet, but have never had the courage to discuss my condition with my doctor for fear of repercussions from insurance companies after being labeled an alcoholic.  My ques

See your doctor: If you do have insurance and a neuropathy, your past use of alcohol should not play a role. There should be no repercussions and you should seek care for your symptoms as there are some potential treatment that may improve the discomfort of your neuropathy. ...Read more

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Is an average of 4-5 drinks per day for 4 years enough to induce alcoholic peripheral neuropathy?

Is an average of 4-5 drinks per day for 4 years enough to induce alcoholic peripheral neuropathy?

Yes: All of us have different tolerances and susceptibilities to alcohol. It could be the cause but your primary care physician or a neurologist should also look for other types of neuropathy as some are treatable. ...Read more

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What are the treatment Of peripheral neuropathy cause be alcoholic ?

Vitamins/therapy: Obviously begin by eliminating all alcohol intake, vitamin therapy can include an oral B complex, B-12 injections or sublingual(under the tongue dissolving tablets) B-12, Physical therapy including a series of MLS laser treatments can be helpful too. Prescription medications such a gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) if painful and interfering with sleep or daily activities but often have side effects. ...Read more

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Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Why is it that alcoholics develop nerve damage and behavior changes along with cirrhosis?

Alcohol affects: Alcohol, especially when consumed in excess and over a long period of time, adversely affects every organ in the human body except one, the kidneys. If a person has changes in their personality or behavior while intoxicated, that is a big problem already. Such an individual should try and do whatever it takes to refrain from alcohol. Damage from chronic excessive alcohol use is irreversible. ...Read more

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What treats neuropathy?

Most Rx limited help: The central nervous system is made up of the brain and the spinal cord; all the nerves to the rest of the body stem from the cns, and is called peripheral nervous system; neuropathy (n) is a disorder of the peripheral nerves. Examples are diabetic neuropathy, alcohol-induced n. And carpal tunnel, a n. Of the median nerve in the wrist. Gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) tegretol etc may help but no cures, yet. ...Read more

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How to manage neuropathy?

Nerve symptoms: Peripheral neuropathy can be secondary to numerous causes. It is best to uncover the cause and treat directly. To treat symptoms, doctors might use gabapentin, lyrica, (pregabalin) or cymbalta, but a medical food such as metanx might be useful. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

Injury or damage to a nerve. A common cause ...Read more