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Is Neuropathy Reversible
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
Not really: Peripheral vascular disease is not necessarily reversible, but its risk can be successfully managed. The pillars of treatment are, 1) smoking cessation, 2) anti- platelet therapy (aspirin/ plavix), and 3) statin therapy to lower cholesterol. There have been anecdotal reports of plaque reversal but this does not happen for everybody. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Lupus in all its various presentations is treatable but it is not curable nor reversible. In some cases, lupus may go into remission but if it does go into remission, it does so on its own and does not go into remission as a result of treatment. ...Read more
Numb Diabetic Feet: We have found in our podiatry clinic that there is a lot of variability in levels of severity of diabetic neuropathy and symptoms also vary but mostly early symptoms of numbness, stabbing, burning, tingling and electric shocks that are recurrent when resting seem to be correlating with fasting blood sugar levels. Symptoms are less when patients have good sugar control; you should strive for this. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Not much: It is possible to develop or create new circulation, such as unblocking carotid artery, and brains have ways of developing new pathways to compensate, but for the most part we only slow down dementia, not reverse it. Hopefully one day there will be better treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Diabetic retinopathy may be prevented by good blood sugar control ( HGB A1c of <7.0) and may be treated with laser photo coagulation or anti-vegf( vascular endothelial growth factor) injections if it is detected early enough but although the changes may be stabilized and neovascularization may involute the retinopathy is not reversible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Some optic nerve damage is reversible. For example, optic neuritis frequently recovers completely, when the cause is found and can be treated. Optic neuropathy due to vascular disease sometimes recovers. Traumatic injuries of the optic nerve may or may not recover. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe in part: We are increasingly learning that small fibre neuropathies are common, especially associated with diabetes, but also present even in some fibromyalgia cases. A medical food metanx, may result in increased nerve fiber density in the skin after 6-12 months. If the cause is due to an immune polyneuritis, ivig can reverse much of it. Need to understand causation to treat successfully. ...Read more
Sometimes: Acquired lymphedema during pregnancy or from overload of venous insufficiency may be treated successfully by wearing compression stockings during pregnancy and then treated by a vein specialist and a lymphedema specialist after the pregnancy. See a lymphedema specialist: lymphology association of north america and find a phlebolgy specialist: www.Phlebolgy.Org and www.Morrisonvein.Org for more. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Partly: Good question from a med student. Vegetarian's myelopathy is all-too-familiar and it regresses at least some. Here's one of the unlucky ones: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/17616346 forgive me, but i can't grant any moral high ground to someone who paralyzes himself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generic: A variety of nerve pathology. Etiologies include alcohol/nutritional, diabetes, solvent or chemical exposure, porphyria, amyloid, causations. Since this is a unique category, should be relatively easy to pin down and design a specific therapy. Medical foods, metanx, could improve a small fibre component, and Lyrica (pregabalin) or Cymbalta could help symptoms. ...Read more
Is laryngeal sensory neuropathy reversible? Constant cough and burning throat one side. Hurts to talk. Homeopathic treatments?
Riiiiii-co-laaaaaa!!: Where'd you hear about that??First, and most importantly, it is a diagnosis of exclusion, which means most or all other possible causes of a chronic cough must be investigated. Assuming that, then you need the care of a specialist in this area.They might try certain medications and/or some Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. But you need to have coughed for over, say, six months for the workup to begin ...Read more
I've had neuropathy pain for 5 years and cognitive problems for 2 years and just found out my b12 level is 128.Is it reversible by treating b12 level?
It will help: I'd also continue the workup. The neuropathy of B12 deficiency is less likely to be painful. I see that you are also taking plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) -- is it for lupus? This itself can produce both a painful neuropathy and cognitive problems, and is in fact quite famous for both. Best wishes. ...Read more
My doc did test of autonomous nervous system, on report it says:Complete autonomous dysfunction(sympaticus&vagues),Degree of autonomous neuropathy 3(highest),Score7(difgicult).Deffinitive damage of disfunction of PNS. Is this reversible?What mean?
The autonomic: nervous system (ANS) controls some basic body functions including heart and breathing rates, temperature, digestion. It is made up of the sympathetic/parasympathetic systems. When it isn't working symptoms of blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, digestion regulation often result. First, confirm test and diagnosis with Doc. Treat underlying problems: alcohol, diabetes, etc. Then treat symptoms ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Find the cause: The best treatment for neuropathy is to treat the cause (for diabetic neuropathy: control blood sugars, lose weight. For thyroid-related neuropathy, optimize thyroid medication dose. For B12 deficiency, replace lost vitamin b12. For toxic neuropathy, drink no alcohol; etc). Prescription medications for neuropathy do not cure the condition or heal the nerves, they only help alleviate nerve pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Way too broad: That question can't possibly be answered in 400 characters, or 400 words, or 400 lines, or even, if you're a neuroscientist, in 400 pages. Some researchers spend their entire careers studying just one type of neuropathy. If you want to educate yourself, I recommend starting at http://www.neuropathy.org. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Poor nerve function: Nerve disease/damage thought to be caused by poor blood supply to nerves &/or high blood sugar. There are 2 types of neuropathy: peripheral and autonomic. Peripheral causes loss of feeling in hands/feet, weakness & imbalance. This can lead to wound development & possible amputation. Autonomic leads to heart problems, problems w/ body temp, erectile dysfunction, dry skin, & digestive problems. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Numbness, pain, weak: Just as there are many causes for neuropathy, there are many symptoms as well. Neuropathy can cause numbness, pain (typically with a burning or electrical quality), or weakness. It can also cause imbalance (due to inability to feel in the feet) as well as blood pressure problems (because of loss if innervation of the heart and blood vessels). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No specific foods: While no foods will improve your neuropathy, unless you have a vit b deficiency, keeping the factors that caused the neuropathy in control are most important. For example, patients with diabetic neuropathy need to keep their sugars under control to decrease the risk of progression of their neuropathy. Diabetics should try eating healthier, lower glycemic foods. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Burning tingling: Sensory neuropathy is broken down into large fiber (loss of sensation, loss of proprioception) and small fiber (burning, tingling sensation). It's the small fiber component that most patients complain about. They also relate sensation of ants crawling on their feet and legs. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Many types: There are many types of neuropathy, many associated with other disorders. Just a few..Acute motor, subacute sensorimotor, asymmetric polyneuropathies, chronic sensorimotor polyneuropathies, inherited polyneuropathies of mixed sensorimotor types-idiopathic type, metabolic type, neuropathy with mitochondrial disease, relapsing polyneuropathy, mononeuropathy/plexopathy. Some examples in topic tags. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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