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What Is Neuropathy In Legs
Depends!: Diabetes? Better glycemic control. B12 deficiency? B12. Heavy metals? Edta. Idiopathic? ? Lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, and Cymbalta are quite effective for sx's. Unfortunately, many cases are "idiopathic, " meaning no cause is found. Then symptomatic therapy with the mentioned drugs plus nutritional support with b-vitamins is all we currently have. ...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
Can start in feet: Typical generic progression is to start in toes and move upwards to mid calves or higher. If you have progressive numbness and tingling in the legs, this may be a sign of neuropathy, but since other problems can present in a similar fashion, would be wise to see a neurologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Physiatry eval: A physiatrist can perform a comprehensive eval to determine the cause of your symptoms and develop a treatment strategy. The diagnosis depends on where exactly they are, and when you have them. There are other thing that can also cause those symptoms (pinched nerve, vitamin/mineral deficiency, etc). ...Read more
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
What can be done for neuropathy that is not caused by diabetes. There is no pain, just loss of feeling, leg strength and balance.
Many other causes: Search for an answer may be arduous. Emg can sort into categories and appropriate blood and urine studies be provide discovery. Need to classify by fibre size, and presence or absence of inflammation. If, in the end, no evidence of medication or toxin cause, may want to treat symptomatically with drugs such as Lyrica (pregabalin) or cymbalta, but would not hurt to try metanx twice daily for at least a year. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are a number: Of medications available. At the end of the day, it depends on what works best for the patient and if they can tolerate side effects. Some medications, such as lyrica, (pregabalin) are very expensive, thus, insurance companies prefer that we use the "cheaper" drugs first. What may work for some may not work for others. ...Read more
Many: There are so very many causes of neuropathy that space here would simply not allow. However, the most common causes besides diabetes would include alcoholism, toxicity (seen in patients who have been exposed to heavy metals or chemotherapeutic agents and radiation), nutritional deficiencies, genetic, compression, certain arthridites and many more. Some are never sourced and are called idiopathic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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