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Suffering from Alcoholic neuropathy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I have alcoholic neuropathy....all the classic symptoms, weakness in arms and recently legs. I was managing but yesterday I got burning on the tops of both feet. This pushed me over the edge. Will this ever improve or subside. I had to use a lidocaine patch which I use for my arms. Thought I just had ulnar compression but now I know I was wrong
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   I am 61 years old and male
Doctor :   is the burning sensation constant ?
User :   Well it started yesterday ad I used the lidocaine patch and it subsided a bit but I feel the pain about to break through again and have painful ankles for awhile
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well you would have to see a neurologist
Doctor :   for a nerve conduction study
User :   I did on the arm in sept and he said mild ulnar problem in the arm but it is anew game now
Doctor :   yes alcohol neuropathology can spread
User :   From what I read there is not much you can do but stop drinking which I did and am taking amitrypline and will start nerontin but I am dying with the feet...any hope
Doctor :   your physician can prescribe you some pain killers
Doctor :   thats all that can be done
User :   They don't work tried tramadol
User :   how can I walk right
Doctor :   painkillers are the only solution and also a nerve conduction will show us the extent
User :   what type of pain killer would you suggest...have read opiates are not much help
Doctor :   it about your body response
User :   stillany good suggestions for this type of nerve pain
Doctor :   a neurologist will be a better person to tell
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