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Does peripheral neuropathy reduce your lifespan?

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 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


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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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Can peripheral neuropathy be cured?

Can peripheral neuropathy be cured?

No: A true peripheral neuropathy, once it develops, can not be cured. Other conditions such as nerve entrapment may mimic symptoms of peripheral neuropathy and can be corrected. ...Read more

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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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Please tell me what causes peripheral neuropathy?

Please tell me what causes peripheral neuropathy?

Se details: There are numerous causes with two major ones being diabetes and alcoholism. Many times no underlying cause is found. ...Read more

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Peripheral neuropathy and rls?

Neurologic issues: Peripheral neuropathy leads to numbness, tingling and at times sharp shooting pains of the extremities while restless leg syndrome causes urge to move legs due to aching, tingling and shaking. ...Read more

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Surgery for peripheral neuropathy?

Surgery for peripheral neuropathy?

Depends: The cause of the neuropathy must first be identified. Neurological consultation can help to define a cause and frame proper treatment. The type of neuropathy often defines treatment. ...Read more

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What is axonal peripheral neuropathy?

What is axonal peripheral neuropathy?

Axonal PN: Axonal peripheral neuropathy is an illness that may cause numbness and weakness affecting the feet, legs and sometimes the hands. In this condition the nerve cells (axons) that transmit information become ill. Common causes of this condition are hormonal and blood chemistry disorders...... http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm ...Read more

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Is there a cure for peripheral neuropathy?

Is there a cure for peripheral neuropathy?

A cure? Often no: Peripheral neuropathy can be well managed with one(or several) medications. It is best treated (and maybe cured) by addressing the cause (diabetes, toxin exposure etc). ...Read more

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Does peripheral neuropathy shorten life span?

Does peripheral neuropathy shorten life span?

No: However, some diseases that can cause a peripheral neuropathy (ie, diabetes, alcoholism, vascultis, etc) can significantly shorten life expectancy. ...Read more

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Can diabetic peripheral neuropathy be reversed?

Some: Usually by getting a diabetic person's sugars tightly controlled, some of the neuropathy will be reversed. However, severe nerve damage is a permanent problem. Dr kurzweil review: there is no question that well-controlled diabetes helps prevent progression of the complications. I'm not aware of evidence that actual pathological changes in peripheral nerves can be reversed. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent peripheral neuropathy?

What can I do to prevent peripheral neuropathy?

Lifestyle: Manage underlying conditions as controlling your blood sugar level. You should adopt healthy lifestyle habits as eating a healthy diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. Avoid things that can cause nerve damage, such as: toxic chemicals, tobacco smoke and rxcessive alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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What chemotherapy induces peripheral neuropathy?

What chemotherapy induces peripheral neuropathy?

Some: There are some chemo that can give you peripheral neuropathy for instance taxane (docetaxel, paclitaxol), vinca alkaloids ( vincristine), platinum ( oxaliplatin, cisplatin, carboplatin) etc. ...Read more

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Is getting botox for peripheral neuropathy safe?

Is getting botox for peripheral neuropathy safe?

Probably: Botox is a safe medication and if administered by a trained professional, it is safe. ...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 are the features of diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

Several: Symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy may include: tingling numbness (severe or long-term numbness can become permanent) burning (especially in the evening) pain. ...Read more

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Is peripheral neuropathy in some way related to diabetes?

Is peripheral neuropathy in some way related to diabetes?

Rather frequent: Amongst the major diabetes complications such as kidney and eye problems, is presence of nerve involvement. This is more common in type ii, and if ignored has potential for foot ulcers, and even amputations. Tight control of serum glucose is only part of this. A medical food metanx may be very useful. Not unique for nerve problems to be caused by different problems, and this needs evaluation. ...Read more

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If I have peripheral neuropathy can that make my RLS worse?

NOT UNUSUAL: Associated co-morbidities can include peripheral neuropathy, but does not necessarily make the RLS exacerbate. However, important that the underlying etiology be discovered by appropriate testing so that treatment can be initiated. Diligent searching can almost invariably these days, uncover causation, and it is worthwhile, as some conditions can be reversed. ...Read more

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Say I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

Say I have peripheral neuropathy, does that mean I have diabetes?

Quite possibly not.: The major symptoms of the flu usually last for about 2 to 5 days without a condition which impacts immunity. In a healthy person it often takes a week or more to get back up to speed. It may take longer if you have leukemia. Discuss any concerns with your physician. Take care. ...Read more

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What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

What the difference between peripheral neuropathy and spondylolisthesis?

Completely different: Neuropathy refers to nerve irritation, while spondylolisthesis refers to the misalignment of two vertebrae when looking from the side. ...Read more

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What is the drug of choice for the peripheral neuropathy in diabetic pt.?

What is the drug of choice for the peripheral neuropathy in diabetic pt.?

Neurontin (gabapentin): I typically start with Neurontin as it has a generic. Other drugs include Lyrica (pregabalin) and cymbalta, but they tend to be more expensive. Remember all drugs have side effects and the inial goal of treatment is sugar control. ...Read more

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Are unexplained peripheral neuropathy issues typically diagnosed anxiety?

Kinda: Symptoms of a generalized anxiety disorder do over lap with many known neurologic disorders. Unexplained peripheral neuropathy is a valid diagnosis. They can be objectively evaluated with EMG and ncs. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Peripheral Neuropathy (Definition)

A generic medical term for dysfunction of the nerves that carry information to and from the central nervous system (the ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Neuropathy (Definition)

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