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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

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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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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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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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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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

Still need Tx.: The fact that this may have come about from your drinking does not mean that treatment is not justified. You deserve to be diagnosed and treated properly. Discuss this with your doctor freely and get a diagnostic and treatment plan. ...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 do you suggest if my father is suffering from neuropathy can anyone tell me about this disease prevention and how it get the recovery?

Neuropathy: The three most common causes of neuropathy in the U.S. are diabetes mellitus, alcohol toxicity and vitamin B12 deficiency. These are treatable.

It is important to know the cause so it may be addressed. There are times when the cause cannot be found, but it is wise to try to find it before simply treating the symptoms. ...Read more

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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.

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. ...Read more

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I have foot drop (not ms), it seems to get better, then worse, then better, is that the normal recovery? (b 12 deficiency/neuropathy)

I have foot drop (not ms), it seems to get better, then worse, then better, is that the normal recovery? (b 12 deficiency/neuropathy)

Unpredictable: Neuropathy presenting itself like that tends to go either way -- good days that seem to be improving and then a slump. Finding the cause of the dropfoot is important - is it nerve compression, nerve damage, etc. It is unpredictable and difficult to treat. Protecting yourself for if the foot fails (drops) with some form of AFO may be needed. Something to consider. ...Read more

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What can I do for neuropathy?

Not enough info: There sre numerous types and causes of neuropathy. You need to provide specifics to receive an answer. The best answer is to discuss this issue with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Is neuropathy a degenerative disease?

Is neuropathy a degenerative disease?

Not classified as: Neuropathy represents nerve alteration or damage usually secondary to an underlying medical condition such as diabetes, leprosy, vitamin deficiency. Although occasionally there are some congenital hereditary neuropathies, and some autoimmune nerve disorders, these would not usually be classified as degenerative. It is usually very possible to uncover causation in most cases. ...Read more

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What is the best neuropathy medicine?

Tough call: Every medication has its pros and cons. A good practitioner will use the entire medication profile to his/her advantage. First of all, your choice of meds depends on the exact symptoms: is it sharp, aching, numbing, burning? Do you have trouble sleeping, is mood or anxiety an issue? Do you have high blood pressure? Have you ever had an ulcer? Are you over/ underweight? So there's no "best" really. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine for neuropathy?

Topic is too broad: Neuropathy is not a single disease - it is a complication found in a number of different conditions. If a single or multiple nerves are affected by neuropathy, the cause is targeted for treatment, but if the cause cannot be corrected, symptomatic pain relief takes place.
Rec: see a pain management specialist for diagnosis and cause treatment. ...Read more

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How come when u have neuropathy u feel colder than normal?

Nerves not send righ: When you have neuropathy your nerves don't feel sensations correctly. The nerves are you wiring. They are your internal electrical circuit. If your wires aren't working right then they don't send your sensations to you correctly. The better you can diagnose why you have neuropathy the better the treatment can be. ...Read more

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How to treat neuropathy?

Many ways: Neuropathy in of itself can be related to many different disease processes, such as diabetes. Improved control of the disease process may result in some improvement in the neuropathy symptoms. Other treatments may include meds in anti-seizure class that act to "calm" over active nerves causing discomfort. If refractory to meds and conservative tx, neuromodulation through spinal cord stimulation. ...Read more

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Can coq10 help neuropathy?

Can coq10 help neuropathy?

Alpha Lipoic Acid: A natural supplement called Alpha lipoic acid is used to help the nerves damaged by neuropathy. One needs to take a therapeutic dose - 1200 mg daily. Ask your doc about it. ...Read more

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What are axonal neuropathies?

What are axonal neuropathies?

Many causes: Axonal neuropathy is a classification of neuropathy that affects the nerve axon. The axon makes up the inner fibers of a nerve. Many different conditions can cause axonal neuropathy, including toxins (alcohol, certain chemicals), endocrine/hormonal conditions (diabetes, thyroid disease), nutritional deficiencies, and many others. ...Read more

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Does echinacea help neuropathy?

Does echinacea help neuropathy?

No supporting: Evidence. There is no supporting evidence to suggest efficacy. Best way to help neuropathy, or slow progression really, is to control underlying issues causing the neuropathy. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for neuropathy?

Depends: There are many causes of neuropathy, including diabetes, B12 deficiency, alcohol, autoimmune (lupus, rheumatoid, vasculitis), heavy metal toxicity, chemotherapy, nerve entrapment. Many forms of neuropathy can be treated and pain can be reduced or eliminated. Treatment depends on the cause. ...Read more

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Can neuropathy be caused by cysts?

Can neuropathy be caused by cysts?

Sometimes: Subcutaneous cysts cannot. Cysts arising in or near the spine or joints can cause nerve compression. ...Read more

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Does osteoporosis cause neuropathy?

No, there is: No association between osteoporosis and neuropathy with the exception of either trauma that could lead to nerve damage after fractures, or underlying metabolic issues which can increase progression of each separately, such as malabsorbtion issues. ...Read more

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Does neuropathy make you sweat a lot?

Does neuropathy make you sweat a lot?

It can: It depends on the kind if neuropathy. There are neuropathies that affect the autonomic nervous system. This can cause sweating. This can be evaluated by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can neuropathy impact things sexually?

Can neuropathy impact things sexually?

Neuropathy: Yes, it may affect sexual functions by two direct mechanisms. First lack of sensation in severe sensory neuropathy from skin and reproductive organs results in diminished physical pleasure, higher threshold and discomfort. Second, autonomic nervous system may be involved resulting in impotency, impaired lubrication and anorgasmia. Indirect mechanisms are pain, depression and side effect from meds. ...Read more

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How does Foltanx help with neuropathy?

How does Foltanx help with neuropathy?

It doesn't.: Foltanx is a combination of vitamins. It has no proven benefit in management of neuropathy. ...Read more

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Is there a cure or remedy for neuropathy?

Depends: Neuropathy refers that something being wrong with your nervous system. There are many forms that are temporary because they are caused by a virus or a bacteria of some sort. Neuropathy can also be caused by a genetic condition or some other pathology which is irreversible. Consult your pcp for more information on a specific type of neuropathy. ...Read more

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What does having optical neuropathy mean?

What does having optical neuropathy mean?

Nonspecific term: Any pathology affecting the optic nerve could be described this way. However, the cause needs to be uncovered, as one could have ischemic process due to atherosclerosis, optic neuritis due to multiple sclerosis, compression of optic nerve due to tumor, etc. So, if vision is being lost, need attention asap. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

Weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in ...Read more