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Ironpost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 09:33 AM
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Does the pain of Peripheral Neuropathy ever go away
Mine started 3 weeks ago and gets worst each day. Its hard for me to walk.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 09:40 AM
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1. Wow. I don't know about that particular ailment,
but have you tried acupuncture? It's really good for all kinds of pain management. I was nearly disabled with a repetitive stress injury -- much pain -- and now I'm all better! Here's a hug for you :hug:
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Bellamia Donating Member (671 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 09:43 AM
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2. Neuropathy has ......
several causes. It is an effect,a symptom of some disorder, and unless that is discovered and dealt with, IMO, the pain would remain. I have had neuropathy in my feet, most likely from Diabetes, but once my blood sugar was under control, the discomfort eased up and is presently gone. Have you seen your doctor? When was the last time you had a complete physical with blood work done? You have to play Sherlock Holmes along with your doctor to take the mystery" out of what you are experiencing. Good luck.
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Ironpost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 09:49 AM
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6. Yes I am seeing a Dr.
am scheduled for more test on the 11th.
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 10:00 AM
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7. Good, let him address the underlying cause
but remember, having the pain controlled is your RIGHT. If he can't or won't do it, demand to see a pain specialist.

Good luck.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 09:43 AM
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3. Check with a Dr, get referred to a specialist.
I've had Peripheral Neuropathy for about 10 years. I don't have much pain, but the numbness continues to gget worse, and I haven't been able to drive for the last 6 years because of it.

Google the name of the disease, and you'll find a lot of information on-line regarding new research and treatment suggestions.

I can guarantee you, it won't get any better if all you do is hope and don't do anything else. Check with your Dr. I hope he would refer you to a neurologist, and preferably one with experience with PN.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 09:48 AM
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4. Sometimes
Ask a neurologist who specializes in it.
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DemocratSinceBirth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 09:48 AM
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5. You Should Have It Checked...
Peripheral neuropathy is sometime caused by restricted blood flow to the further extremities....

It sometimes accompanies peripheral vascular disease...

Peripheral vascular disease can lead to all kinds of complications including gangrene....


Peripheral vascular disease also puts you at higher risk for stroke because if the arteries going to your further extremities are constricted then it is more likely the arteries to your brain are as well....
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Corgigal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 10:01 AM
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8. Hubby has RSD
A few years ago he had surgery for the Medtronic pain pump. I'm not a doctor person but I must say his quality of life is certainly better for it.

RSD info: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, also known as CRPS, is a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System that can follow a simple trauma (fall or sprain) a break or fracture (especially wrist and ankle) a sharp force injury (such as a knife or bullet wound), heart problems, infections, surgery, RSI/CTS, spinal injuries/disorders, or major trauma.

It is a multi-symptom condition affecting one, two, or sometimes even all four of the extremities. It can also be in the face, shoulders, back, eyes, and other areas as well. RSDS is an involvement of nerves, skin, muscles, blood vessels (causing constriction and pain) as well as bones.

Medtronic pain pump, in case you ever considered for it:

http://my.webmd.com/content/article/71/81231.htm?z=3199...
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 10:13 AM
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9. in some cases, it never goes away . . . depends on the etiology . . .
in my case, it's caused by a neurological condition called cauda equina syndrome . . . while medication has helped reduce the frequency, I still get horrible pain attacks periodically, and there's nothing that can be done about it . . . just something I have to live with . . .
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bush_is_wacko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-05 10:18 AM
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10.  Massage therapy has been a fairly effective way of dealing with it.


The underlying cause for me is Hashimoto's thyroiditis and the neuropathy seems to be directly related to the amount of stress I am under at any given moment. Both physical stress and mental stress have an effect on it, not to mention my thyroid levels. Many people live with this secondary side effect. Do you know which autoimmune disease might be causing your symptoms?

Thyroid, Diabetes, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which is really a diagnosis of "we don't know"), MS, ...the list goes on and on, but usually one of these is the reason for the neuropathy.

I don't know if you are male or female, but peri-menopause can also cause a form of neuropathy for some women. When the body starts depleting itself of estrogen it is not uncommon for women to have tingling and/or arm pain as a result.

My advice is to be especially careful of any doctor that wants to fix your situation with a magic little pill and NOT figure out what the underlying cause may be. I went through about 10 years of doctors that tried to remedy my symptoms with anti-depressants and pain pills. None of which worked! I'm afraid this problem is one that requires you to become your own advocate and to DEMAND decent treatment from your doctors as well as trying alternative therapies. BTW, massage therapy can be very expensive and is usually not covered by medical insurance. My recommendation is that you find a good school for massage and make a regular weekly or bi weekly appointment. They usually charge a fraction of the cost of someone that has already graduated. They charge $25 at the one I use. When I am particularly bad, I spend the EXTRA $75 to get a thorough massage from an expert.

I have never tried acupuncture, but I know several people that have and they seem to get a good amount of relief from that.
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