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Are electric blankets safe for people with peripheral neuropathy?

Are electric blankets safe for people with peripheral neuropathy?

May cause a bun.: If you are not able to sense heat as good as you should this could result in a thermal burn. ...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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Is getting botox for peripheral neuropathy safe?

Is getting botox for peripheral neuropathy safe?

Probably: Botox is a safe medication and if administered by a trained professional, it is safe. ...Read more

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I take gabapentin 300 mg twice a day for severe bilateral peripheral neuropathy pain. Is 900 mg a day safe for kidneys? I'm stage 3, PKD patient.

Increase Gabapentin?: Gabapentin (g) toxicity in patients with chronic kidney disease (ckd) is under recognized. Patients with CKD often receive inappropriately high g dosage for their kidney function, occasioning overt toxicity; advanced age and comorbidity predispose CKD patients to toxicity. I would ask your nephrologist's (c) opinion before increasing the dose, as the n knows you the best. ...Read more

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Is metanx safe as an initial treatment for non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy and reduced kidney function? It seems like a lot of vitamin b6.

Is metanx safe as an initial treatment for non-diabetic peripheral neuropathy and reduced kidney function? It seems like a lot of vitamin b6.

Yes: It's very safe. They have a propriatory mixture of vitamins and all are at safe levels. We need a lot of certain vitamins to reverse a deficiency and let your body begin to store them again. It may be more than the fda "minimum" daily requirement, but still at a very safe level. ...Read more

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What is the common age that people get peripheral neuropathy?

It varies: Some people are born with neuropathy. Many people develop it as a consequence of Diabetes as an adult, often over 50 years old.

The age of onset really varies with the cause. Not all causes of peripheral neuropathy are the same. Neuropathy is not an illness related to age.

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Please tell me some severe symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Please tell me some severe symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

Damage to nerves: Neuropathy is damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of or trauma
p.Neuropathy may be associated with varying combinations of weakness, autonomic changes, and sensory changes. Loss of muscle bulk or a particular fine twitching of muscle, may be seen. Sensory symptoms encompass loss of sensation and pain due to damage to the sensory nerve. ...Read more

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Say I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

Say I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

Quite possibly not.: The major symptoms of the flu usually last for about 2 to 5 days without a condition which impacts immunity. In a healthy person it often takes a week or more to get back up to speed. It may take longer if you have leukemia. Discuss any concerns with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

Completely different: Neuropathy refers to nerve irritation, while spondylolisthesis refers to the misalignment of two vertebrae when looking from the side. ...Read more

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Are unexplained peripheral neuropathy issues typically diagnosed anxiety?

Kinda: Symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder do over lap with many known neurologic disorders. Unexplained peripheral neuropathy is a valid diagnosis. They can be objectively evaluated with EMG and ncs. ...Read more

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What can I take to treat peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

What can I take to treat peripheral neuropathy in the feet?

Meds for neuropathy: (continued)... Some medications used commonly to treat discomfort from peripheral neuropathy include Gabapentin (neurontin), Pregabalin (lyrica), duloxetine (cymbalta), Amitriptyline (elavil), capsaicin (zostrix), Carbamazepine (tegretol), b vitamin supplements (such as metanx). Controlling the underlying cause (diabetes, thyroid issues, rheumatoid, others) can prevent or delay worsening. ...Read more

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My mom gets peripheral neuropathy, so am I likely to get it later?

My mom gets peripheral neuropathy, so am I likely to get it later?

Depends: Peripheral neuropathy is caused by things like poorly-controlled diabetes and peripheral artery disease. If you have problems like these then you are more likely to have peripheral neuropathy. However, this has nothing to do with you're mom's peripheral neuropathy. The take-home is manage the risk factors and you will reduce your chances of having a problem. ...Read more

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What is the difference between peripheral neuropathy and neuralgia?

Signs: Neuralgia is pain is the distribution of a nerve. Neuropathy is objective evidence of nerve dysfunction. For example, numbness or weakness atteibuted to a nerve. One can have a neuralgia without objective evidence of nerve dysfunction. One can have neuropathy without pain. ...Read more

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Does peripheral neuropathy symptoms come and go or are they always there and what is the treatment?

Does peripheral neuropathy symptoms come and go or are they always there and what is the treatment?

See details: The symptoms are usually chronic and not intermittent. The treatment depends somewhat on the cause. Meds such as Gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) can help as well as treating any underlying cause. ...Read more

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I'm only 39 female. I had peripheral neuropathy but lately i'vebeemexperiencing dizziness and haveno appetite at all. Do I haveautonomic neuropthy?

I'm only 39 female. I had peripheral neuropathy but lately i'vebeemexperiencing dizziness and haveno appetite at all. Do I haveautonomic neuropthy?

Not likely: What is your peripheral neuropathy originally from? This could give a little more information as to possibility of autonomic neuropathy. However, thinking about the three our four most common causes of peripheral neuropathy, dysautonomia is not very common at all. You should also notice other changes, including temperature dysregulation, and/or heart rate changes. Rule out other causes first. ...Read more

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Can Polycythemia vera cause peripheral neuropathy?

Can Polycythemia vera cause peripheral neuropathy?

No: No. It does not cause peripheral neuropathybut it can cause a condition known as erythromelalgia, which presents with redness and something burning sensation of the hands and feet that simulate neuropathy. This is often relieved with the use of Aspirin once or twice a day (in addition to the usual treatment for the disease itself of indicated). ...Read more

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Will botox help peripheral neuropathy pain from shingles?

Will botox help peripheral neuropathy pain from shingles?

Unknown, but possible: I don't know if there is any effect of Botox on shingles. In general, Botox works on the neuromuscular end plates, which are motor in nature. Shingles tends to effect sensory nerves, which is why it is so uncomfortable. I don't think Botox will effect it, but it is possible. ...Read more

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How does a neurologist find the cause of peripheral neuropathy?

How does a neurologist find the cause of peripheral neuropathy?

4-step process: Comprehensive evaluation: 1. Patient history; 2. Physical examination; 3. Diagnostic tests and imaging; 4. Laboratory tests. ...Read more

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Difference between autonomic neuropathy and peripheral neuropathy?

See below.: Peripheral neuropathy has to do with sensation or lack of sensation of peripheral nerves: often in feet, legs and hand. Autonomic neuropathy has affects the autonomic nervous systems which control involuntary body functions such as control of blood vessel size, sweating etc. ...Read more

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What is the average dosage of gabapentin for peripheral neuropathy?

What is the average dosage of gabapentin for peripheral neuropathy?

Neurontin (gabapentin) dosage: It varies depending on individual conditions and response to medication. It is difficult for say in your conditions. For most of my patients, they are taking 600-800mg three times daily for peripheral 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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What specialist should I see for mgus associated peripheral neuropathy?

Heme and neuro: Mgus is not associated with a peripheral neuropathy. See a neurologist for the neuropathy and a hematologist for the mgus. ...Read more

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What is a good med for peripheral neuropathy? I can't take Gabapentin.

What is a good med for peripheral neuropathy? I can't take Gabapentin.

Not major problem: Many choices including Lyrica (which may be tolerated better than gabapentin, but also consider Horizant and Gralise). Might try Cymbalta, Savella, (milnacipran) amitryptyline, but may benefit from lamotrigine, levetiracetam, other tricyclics or even SSNRI's. But maybe find etiology of neuropathy and treat cause directly. ...Read more

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What's the diffrent between small fiber neuropathy to peripheral neuropathy?

What's the diffrent between small fiber neuropathy to peripheral neuropathy?

DEFINITIONS: Peripheral neuropathy is generic term for abnormal nerves in limbs. Many of these involve large fibers which can cause weakness, numbness, imbalance. The small fiber neuropathy presents with pain, decrease in pin and temperature sensation and caused by a limited number of conditions. Both large and small fibres may be involved in peripheral nerve disorder. ...Read more

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What is the difference between peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy?

What is the difference between peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy?

Can be overlap: Diabetics may develop different types of neuropathy of which peripheral neuropathy is one type. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between peripheral neuropathy and spinal stenosis?

What is the main difference between peripheral neuropathy and spinal stenosis?

Several: Peripheral neuropathy tends start in the toes, moving up the limbs with worsening, and in a circumferential distribution. Spinal stenosis symptoms typically start at the back/buttock, radiates down the limb, in a band-like pattern (sciatica), and worsens with extension of the spine. ...Read more

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The symptoms of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy are expected to be?

Peripheral neuropath: Most commonly presented as numbness/decreased sensation and tingling on your fingers and toes (stocking-glove pattern). When it is worse it can then be presented as pain / discomfort on your hands and feet. (painful neuropathy). Sometimes, particular chemotherapy like oxaliplatin also can give you cold induced pain.
Chemo induced neuropathy - usually is accumulative. ...Read more

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I have peripheral neuropathy with sjogren's syndrome. Does it mean I have vasculitis?

I have peripheral neuropathy with sjogren's syndrome. Does it mean I have vasculitis?

Big difference: Most neuropathic pain disorders originate in the periphery. When a peripheral nerve is injured, the amount of nerve degeneration depends upon the location and degree of injury as well as the age of the patient. Vasculitis is an inflammation of a blood vessels. ...Read more

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How do you manage care of a type 2 diabetic with hypertension and peripheral neuropathy?

How do you manage care of a type 2 diabetic with hypertension and peripheral neuropathy?

Educate yourself: Cut down on the sugar and salt. Cut down on the crabs (rice potatoes, bread) as they get converted to sugar. You may want to use alternative sweeteners. See a nutritionist. Make a change in your lifestyle now as many of the complications of diabetes are preventable. There are various causes of peripheral neuropathy. Have it evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Is it possible Wellbutrin (bupropion) is causing me to feel symptoms of peripheral neuropathy? I

Is it possible Wellbutrin (bupropion) is causing me to feel symptoms of peripheral neuropathy? I

Unlikely: Wellbutrin (bupropion) would be an unusual cause for peripheral neuropathy and would search for a different explanation, at least initially. Reports of nerve toxicity in the PDR are often based on coincidental association, and do not always represent cause and effect. ...Read more

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What if all the treatments for peripheral neuropathy don't work, what then? Is there still hope?

What if all the treatments for peripheral neuropathy don't work, what then? Is there still hope?

Treatment: I'm not sure what treatment you received before. The treatment of peripheral neuropathy depends mainly on the causes. Some of the treatment including physical therapy, medications such as anti-seizures, antidepressants, topical cream, injections such as nerve block, spinal cord stimulation. Please see a pain specialist for evaluation. Spinal cord stimulation seems effective in many cases. ...Read more

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Can sudden onset peripheral neuropathy effect your sex drive. I have lost my libido and drive completely.

Can sudden onset peripheral neuropathy effect your sex drive. I have lost my libido and drive completely.

Libido and neuropath: Yes it can. Please discuss with your doctor. Treatments are available. Good luck ...Read more

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What are the chances of Macrobid 100 mg twice a day for 7 days causing irreversible peripheral neuropathy?

What are the chances of Macrobid 100 mg twice a day for 7 days causing irreversible peripheral neuropathy?

Not convincing: If you have developed irreversible and "end stage" peripheral nerve problems, this needs to be fully investigated and confirmed, but also you need to confirm causation, and am not convinced that Macrobid is the sole culprit. Have you seen an experienced neurologist, and have you had electrodiagnostic studies, and even nerve biopsy, or for small fibres, skin punch biopsy? ...Read more

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Is it true that B12 levels in the low-normal range could cause neurological problems, such as peripheral neuropathy?

Is it true that B12 levels in the low-normal range could cause neurological problems, such as peripheral neuropathy?

May be: Low normal in older folks are more of a concern. Your doctor could get a urine test to see if your "low" levels are causing any metabolic issues. It would not do any harm to take oral vitamin B12.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
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Why is trigeminal neuraligia considered a peripheral neuropathy even though it is a problem with a cranial nerve not a peripheral nerve?

Why is trigeminal neuraligia considered a peripheral neuropathy even though it is a problem with a cranial nerve not a peripheral nerve?

Because: Because the involved nerve is the last post synaptic "axon" that leaves for the "periphery".Any involvement prior to that ("pre synaptic")would have been a central lesion. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Definition)

A generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

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