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Does Peripheral Neuropathy Reduce Your Lifespan
Not in itself: Neuropathy can increase yor risk of an ulcer or infection in your foot, but this risk can be minimized by performing daily skin checks of your feet. Imbalance from neuropathy can also increase your risk of fall. The underlying condition responsible for your neuropathy (like diabetes) is more likely to shorten your lifespan than neuropathy itself. It is a nuisance and a burden nonetheless. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Off label: The trend towards trying anything to treat difficult conditions is well established now. I'm very uncomfortable with it personally, but it's common. I believe it is in large part an Expectancy effect and that's a major component of many medications. If you suffer no bad effects and it works for you - who can argue? But neither is it likely that anyone can tell you "Why" Best! ...Read more
What medications for peripheral neuropathy are safest for someone with reduced kidney function (gfr = 38, all other kidney tests are normal)?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the cause: Neuropathy simply means nerve injury. Peripheral nerves control many things including sensation, motor function and automatic things like sweating, goosebumps. Injury to peripheral nerves can occur from diabetes, trauma, and many other metabolic processes as well as many medicines. With so many causes, the key is to find out the cause and the a treatment can be identified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities: Neuropathy is a condition resulting from abnormal nerve function. Neuropathy can be due to certain vitamin deficiencies, nerve damage due to trauma, alcohol consumption, radiation, side effects of certain medications, or due to certain medical conditions such as diabetes. Treatment varies depending on the cause of the problem. Have it evaluated and appropriately treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Treat the cause: The best way to 'cure' neuropathy is to target the cause. Only 60-70% of patients with neuropathy have a known cause, any many are irreversible. However, controlling the underlying medical condition causing neuropathy can improve or delay the progression of neuropathy. For example: control diabetes, treat thyroid problems, treat rheumatoid arthritis, avoid alcohol, take a b complex vitamin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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