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56 year-old woman notices radicular pain after taking vitamin B6 supplement for three years.....?

56 year-old woman notices radicular pain after taking vitamin B6 supplement for three years.....?

B6 toxicity is well recognized: There are a few questions that need to be asked in this case. Exactly how much B6 was the patient taking? According to recommended standards 200mg daily is the limit. Toxicity is thought to occur at levels of 1000mg. Daily and above though much lower have been reported on rare occasions (100-300mg). Secondly, what exactly was the quality of her pain? Described symptoms of neural toxicity involves sensory neuropathy described mainly as burning dysesthesias and numbness. The case talks about a RADICULOPATHY. That is typically not the same type of pain as we find in chemical toxicities. Pain in the feet could very well be dysesthesias but the history could be a bit more specific there in order to attach more positive points for B6 sequelae.

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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6 months prego... How do I know if my back pain is from my sciatic nerve? & if it is that, how can I get relief w/o taking pain killers?

6 months prego... How do I know if my back pain is from my sciatic nerve? & if it is that, how can I get relief w/o taking pain killers?

Symptoms: Most sciatic nerve pain in pregnancy is felt in the lower back and runs down the buttocks into the leg, it is worse with certain movements, and helped by heat, massage, and physical therapy. You need to rule out other causes also by being checked. ...Read more

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What is the best relief for sciatic nerve pain?

What is the best relief for sciatic nerve pain?

Time plus: Time is the best healer but activity restriction, guided exercise, medication especially a steroid pack, and even epidural steroid injections may help. Cessation of smoking, weight reduction and regular exercise will help prevent a recurrence which has a rate of 5% if due to a disc herniation. ...Read more

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Got a pinched sciatic nerve... What's your best suggestion for immediate relief???

Got a pinched sciatic nerve... What's your best suggestion for immediate relief???

Couple choices: Perhaps you might respond to an epidural steroid injection at the sight of the compressed nerve root. But maybe a better approach is physical therapy. One caveat, do NOT rest and stay in bed, be active, up and about, as that will shorten debility. ...Read more

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Hello! Can 'B Vitamins ' cure damaged nerves?

Hello! Can 'B Vitamins ' cure damaged nerves?

What kind of damage?: Vitamins may help with neuropathy due to specific vitamin deficiency, e.g., folic acid, thiamine or B12 deficiency but will not help with damage from other causes, e.g. mercury or lead poisoning. It would be prudent to consult a neurologist for proper diagnosis and optimum treatment. ...Read more

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Could vitamin b 12 help me with my eye nerve palsy?

Could vitamin b 12 help me with my eye nerve palsy?

Probably not: Loss of vision from B12 deficiency can improve, however, with proper B12 therapy. ...Read more

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Is 2000 mcg of vitamin b-12 too much? Can it cause nerve problems or tingling in the arms?

Comments: First question involves whether you need to supplement B-12, especially at your age. A blood test could objectify deficiency. If you truly did have pernicious anemia, would treat with 1000 mcg injection monthly. Suggest you contact your physician and discuss use of your B-12. ...Read more

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Can taking more vitamin b-complex still help heal nerve damage even if you're not low on b vitamins?

Can taking more vitamin b-complex still help heal nerve damage even if you're not low on b vitamins?

Possibly: Here is some scientific data that might help. A prescription medical food metanx (containing biologically active folate, (folic acid) b-12, and b-6) has been studied with small fibre diabetic neuropathy, and over a period of several months did demonstrate improved nerve fibre density and less painful and numb symptoms. ...Read more

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Dental implant 1-2-15Tens like pain was from ear to chin. Now chin only. Is it time for surgery or can I wait a few months? Does increasing vitamin B helps nerves. Implant is close, not touching nerve

Dental implant 1-2-15Tens like pain was from ear to chin. Now chin only. Is it time for surgery or can I wait a few months? Does increasing vitamin B helps nerves. Implant is close, not touching nerve

TransientParesthesia: If the nerve damage is from pressure following surgery and the nerve hasn’t been severed then there is a pretty good chance that recovery will occur in 3-6 month. Magnesium, and B vitamins, especially Vitamin B1, B12 and Vitamin A are recommended. ...Read more

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Twitching everywhere, mainly legs while relaxing. Neurologist said (relaxed) nerves and prescribed vitamin B shots 2/week, had my first but nothing? Worried I may have malabsorption, also skipped beat

Twitching everywhere, mainly legs while relaxing. Neurologist said (relaxed) nerves and prescribed vitamin B shots 2/week, had my first but nothing? Worried I may have malabsorption, also skipped beat

Impression: Possible issues could include benign fasciculations, but might consider early Restless Leg Syndrome. Do not understand rationale for B vitamin shots here. If you do have malabsorption, a gastroenterologist could help. ...Read more

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Pain in leg from hit nerve how long will it hurt it was from a b complex shot and not my sciatic nerve thanks!

Pain in leg from hit nerve how long will it hurt it was from a b complex shot and not my sciatic nerve thanks!

Hard to say: If not better in a few weeks, I would see a pain/nerve specialist to evaluate this further. ...Read more

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Can the sciatic nerve affect both sides?

Wrong concept: There is a sciatic nerve in both legs. The sciatic nerve is formed primarily by branches of the lumbar 5 &sacral one nerve roots as they emerge from the lower spinal canal. An issue affecting the spinal canal or some problem large enough to affect the lumbar plexi in the pelvis bilaterally can cause bilateral sciatic distribution motor, pain or sensory functions. ...Read more

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What can I do for a sciatic nerve problem.

See answer: Establish a relationship with a dr. And get the area evaluated and properly diagnosed. Heat, rest, possible NSAID medication may be presribed. Physical therapy to the area may be helpful. Follow-up with the dr. Who orders and treats you if not better as the next step may be epidural injections, and or surgery depending on the severity, etc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the usual symptoms of sciatic nerve injuries?

What are the usual symptoms of sciatic nerve injuries?

Variable: Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is a symptom of another medical problem, not a medical condition on its own.

Sciatica pain can vary widely. It may feel like a mild tingling, dull ache, or a burning sensation. In some cases, the pain is severe enough to make a person unable to move. ...Read more

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What is the best exercises for sciatic nerve to make the pain gone?

Core: Core excercise is the best treatment for spine problems associated with sciatica. See a physical therapist for instructions on an excercise program you can do on your own. ...Read more

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Can reflexology irritate sciatic nerve.?

Thanks for asking!: Any severe stretch or pressure can cause sciatic irritation. Make sure the person doing the treatment is well trained. ...Read more

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I have a sciatic nerve acting up, how can I relieve the pain?

Depends on cause: How to relieve it depends on what is causing it. In many cases, sciatica responds very well to osteopathic manipulation. That would certainly be a good place to start. Ultimately, you need to know what is causing the problem to know how to treat it. ...Read more

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Which types of treatments to manage irritation of the sciatic nerve?

Antiinflammatory Med: Severe nerve irritation may be treated with an antiinflammatory medication such as a steroid medication. These medications may have significant side effects, so a careful assessment is required.

Also, physical therapy is an excellent treatment option as well. ...Read more

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Is the sciatic nerve treated when damaged by an operation at the groin?

Regeneration: The sciatic nerve travels through the buttocks. The femoral nerve travels through the groin. Nerves can often regenerate, but may require surgical exploration. The best way to monitor a nerve's progress is by a careful examination and EMG study. ...Read more

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What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

What do I do for sciatic nerve pain?

Spine Pain Options: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What is done for sciatic nerve pain?

Depends: Initially you should try conservative treatment such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. If you see no improvement then the next step would be epidural steroid injections from a pain management specialist. Or you may even require surgery if nothing else is helping. Start with your primary care doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

What should you do for sciatic nerve pain?

Sciatica: Pain in the distribution as you suggested describes the pattern of the nerve that travels in the leg called the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is not the cause of the pain source, it is the result of an irritated nerve typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?

What are the symptoms of sciatic nerve pain?

Pain: The symptoms are pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve which means radiation from your low back down the back of your thigh into your calf and foot. In more severe cases there may be associated tingling, numbness and even weakness in specific muscles. If you are worried about having sciatica see an orthopedic or neurological surgeon or a neurologist. ...Read more

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I'm finally addressing my sciatic nerve pain. What should I do?

I'm finally addressing my sciatic nerve pain. What should I do?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If not improving you might want to see spine/pain specialist for more help. ...Read more

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His butt has been hurting him. Could it be this sciatic nerve pain?

His butt has been hurting him. Could it be this sciatic nerve pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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