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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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How does Prozac (fluoxetine) reduce pain? Helps with my back pain/my neuropathy in my foot. Doesn't seem to help all pain (fibromyalgia = not as much help)

How does Prozac (fluoxetine) reduce pain? Helps with my back pain/my neuropathy in my foot. Doesn't seem to help all pain (fibromyalgia = not as much help)

Chemicals: Prozac (fluoxetine) is approved for chronic headaches but otherwise lacks indication for chronic pain such as neuropathy. It may help improving the pain by improving underlying depression, even if it was subtle or undiagnosed. Improvements in depression are linked to heightened pain tolerance. ...Read more

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Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause nerve damage to the legs which causes a little swelling?

Can Prozac (fluoxetine) cause nerve damage to the legs which causes a little swelling?

Not Prozac (fluoxetine): Have your doctor evaluate why you have "nerve damage" and "swelling". Prozac (fluoxetine) has many bad effects, and I do NOT use it in my practice, but your issues seem secondary to another cause. ...Read more

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Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause Ultram to work better? I saw that Prozac (fluoxetine) increases opiod receptors in brain. Have back pain, osteoarthritis pain, foot nerve damage.

Does Prozac (fluoxetine) cause Ultram to work better? I saw that Prozac (fluoxetine) increases opiod receptors in brain. Have back pain, osteoarthritis pain, foot nerve damage.

Unlikely: No evidence i know of that and there are significant interactions. Though interactions are the same there is evidence that Cymbalta (duloxetine) may help with chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about all the medications you are on and he/she can help you weigh the benefit vs risk of such combinations. ...Read more

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Can neuropathy go away?

Depends: It depends on what the cause of neuropathy is. In majority of cases you can improve symptoms by treating the underlying cause and taking appropriate meds. ...Read more

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What type of pain can neuropathy cause?

Neuropathy: Neuropathy can cause a wide variety of painful symptoms including painful numbness, burning, tingling, a feeling of "pins and needles" and shooting pains. There are medications on the market that do aid in treating neuropathic pain. These medications have their share of possible side effects and must be monitored by a physician. ...Read more

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What medication can you use for neuropathy?

What medication can you use for neuropathy?

VARIABLE: Depending on cause, different therapies. An immune neuropathy may respond to ivig, a diabetic to metanx and/or lyrica, alcoholic neuropathy best with thiamine, leprosy with use of antibiotics, HIV with anti-retrovirals, etc. For symptom relief, consider gabapentin, lyrica, cymbalta, savella, (milnacipran) tricyclics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about 'vastilitic neuropathy'?

Can you tell me about 'vastilitic neuropathy'?

Unhelpful term: But, implies decreased blood flow can cause a neuropathy. In fact, diabetic neuropathy is often secondary to the vasa nervorum supplying the nerves, and can reverse this by increasing local nitrite effects, using biologically active B vitamins. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have neuropathy symptoms on the face?

Is it possible to have neuropathy symptoms on the face?

Tic deloreaux: Sensation on the face is handled by the tri-geminal nerve. Tri geminal neuralgia can cause severe facial pain. Spasms of facial pain occur that in french are called tic deloreaux. Patients with herpes lip sores can have herpes in the tri geminal nerve that can cause these pains. Medication and surgery may help. ...Read more

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Is there anything new for cure of pheripheal neuropathy?

Is there anything new for cure of pheripheal neuropathy?

New Medicines: In the past, no, however there are now various medical regimes that can be tried to alleviate some of this pain. See your primary care doctor for options. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Fluoxetine (Definition)

Fluoxetine (brand prozac) is an antidepressant in the class known as serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors aka ssris. Fda approved in 1987 for the treatment of major depressive disorder. Subsequently approved for obsessive compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Significantly safer and much better ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Prozac (Definition)

Prozac is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more