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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Overview)

A generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).


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Can you die from peripheral neuropathy?

Can you die from peripheral neuropathy?

Rare: Some causes of peripheral neuropathy affect the nerves to the muscles for breathing, or to the heart. However most neuropathies are uncomforable, but not lethal. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
498 doctors shared insights

Peripheral Neuropathy (Overview)

A generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).


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Can overheating be a symptom of peripheral neuropathy? Also, how is pn treated if pills don't work?

Can overheating be a symptom of peripheral neuropathy? Also, how is pn treated if pills don't work?

No: Peripheral neuropathy affects how the nerves in your limbs transmit sensation back to your brain. This means that you start to have pain or numbness without any external cause. Pn has nothing to do with appetite or dietary control. There is no treatment other than stopping the process that is causing the neuropathy if possible. Controlling diabetes, changing chemotherapy regimens etc. ...Read more

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Peripheral neuropathy (Tip)

What do I do when i feel pins and needles sensation all the time? ...See more

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Living with Neuropathy (Checklist)

Monitor blood sugar levels
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Wear loose-fitting shoes
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Abstain from alcohol
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Stop smoking
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Are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy bad?

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Are the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy bad?

Sometimes: Numbness, tingling, and burning are the most frequent symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Many people describe it as when a foot that has "fallen asleep" is coming "back to life, " except all the time. Many people find it very uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Is an aching left arm and left leg a sign of peripheral neuropathy, hiv, carpal tunnel or pinched nerve?

Depends: This can be a systemic disease process (neuropathy, hiv) affecting multiple nerves at once. Carpal tunnel affect the hand specifically, not the arm. You can have two pinched nerves possibly, but one tries to explain symptoms by the most simple explanation. Consider spinal cord issues, which would affect arm and leg simultaneously. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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25 yo.No diabetes.no drinking. Diagnosed peripheral neuropathy unknown cause. Will it progreas. Will it affect breathing and heart? Docs not worried.

25 yo.No diabetes.no drinking.  Diagnosed peripheral neuropathy unknown cause. Will it progreas. Will it affect breathing and heart? Docs not worried.

Idiopathic: Idiopathic peripheral neuropathy should never affect your breathing or your heart function. It is usually benign, and I can understand the docs are not worried. The worst thing about idiopathic neuropathy is not knowing the cause, or thinking that there is a cause that was not found. Did anyone in your family have neuropathy? ...Read more

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Treating a Pinched Nerve (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch
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Get an Xray/MRI if pain lasts more than 4 weeks
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See a spine/pain specialist if pain doesn't improve
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What diagnostic testing should be done to determine if peripheral neuropathy is my problem?

What diagnostic testing should be done to determine if peripheral neuropathy is my problem?

NCV/EMG: The two tests: nerve conduction velocity/electromyogram, usually done together can help determine your neuropathy. It is often done by a neurologist, but other docs do them as well. If you have symptoms/concerns, consult your doc who can help you find the answer/work-up appropriate for your case...Good luck. ...Read more

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What will show up in a blood test for peripheral neuropathy?

Maybe: If the peripheral neuropathy is due to diabetes, B12 deficiency, HIV infection, sjogren's, porphyria, hepatitis c, lupus , or lead or arsenic poisoning (any enemies?), an appropriate blood test is confirmatory. Chemical exposures, the autoimmune and hereditary neuropathies, the late effects of alcoholism, and the mysterious cases (all too many) won't be detected. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Can you have peripheral neuropathy with negative nerve. Conduction tests? Tested positive for bilateral carpal tunnel

Carpal tunnel or PN: If your nerve conduction test showed you have carpal tunnel syndrome, that is your diagnosis. Your nerve conduction test is not normal or negative if this is the diagnosis. This is a good test for distinguishing these two conditions. It is possible to have rare kinds of neuropathy with a normal nerve conduction test- this is why it is important to have an interview and exam with the test minder ...Read more

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Why does pancreatitis cause peripheral neuropathy?

Why does pancreatitis cause peripheral neuropathy?

Several reasons: Chronic pancreatitis can cause Diabetes mellitus which in turn can cause diabetic neuropathy. Malabsorption of fat soluble vitamins can lead to Vitamin B12 deficiency which can cause a peripheral neuropathy. Chronic pancreatitis patients often suffer from severe chronic abdominal pain which appears to be partly due to a peripheral neuropathy of sorts. ...Read more

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What happens if I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

What happens if I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

Neuropathy causes: There are many causes of neuropathy, diabetes mellitus is one of them. Many people with diabetes have neuropathy, but not all. Many people with neuropathy do not have diabetes. It is a good idea to be tested for diabetes mellitus, and to consider other causes as well. ...Read more

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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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I have Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy causing sensory loss in feet. Is the electrical stimulation treatment effective in treating condition?

I have Idiopathic Peripheral Neuropathy causing sensory loss in feet.  Is the electrical stimulation treatment effective in treating condition?

Peripheral neuropath: The treatment of peripheral neuropathy relies heavily on the cause of the nerve damage. The pain of the neuropathy usually controlled with medications. Treatment with the electrical stimulation fields has been investigated and analgesic benefits have been reported, but not consistent. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for peripheral neuropathy?

What is the treatment for peripheral neuropathy?

Many options.: Topical capsaicin may be helpful for some, while others may benefit with oral medication such as Pregabalin (lyrica), Amitriptyline (elavil), duloxetine (cymbalta), Gabapentin (neurontin), Carbamazepine (tegretol), or valproate (depakote) to reduce the painful symptoms in the feet due to neuropathy. Watch you sugar intake, and have your vitamin b levels checked and supplemented as necessary. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for peripheral neuropathy in feet?

What are the best treatments for peripheral neuropathy in feet?

Many treatments: Unfortunately there are many treatments and best depends on what stage of neuropathy exists.See a doctor to help determine what is best for you. ...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


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

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