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Pain and burning sensation in the left side of neck and feet with numbness.

hi, my mom who is 54yrs has this pain and burning sensation in the left side of her neck, down to her feet. The burning is inside the skin whiles there is numbness outside. The pain sometimes gets so severe she has to take strong pain killers. It actually started with some kind of stroke (at least that s what the doctors told us) which disabled her for a while. She now walks but not as perfect as before. Doctors here have tried so many medicines but we are yet to find one that can help. What do you think is wrong,Please help.
Asked On : Thu, 10 Feb 2011
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Physical Therapist or Physiotherapist 's  Response
Hi dear,

Any sort of burning sensation, numbness, pain without any injury or specific pathology be it after a stroke of central nervous system like the brain or due to reasons like peripheral nerve impingement (compression) shows an inability of the nervous system to transmitt proper response of sensations to the brain.

Painkillers is not the absolut solution. As she had weakness causing disability which is now recovered it seems more or less a residual symptom of a stroke.

If medications have not been effective, I would like you to try Sensory Re-education therapy done by a Physical Therapist involving different tecniques of electrotherapy and exercise therapy combined with oral nutritional supplementation for the nerves.

Hoping it helpes.

Dr.Shirish Sachdeva
Orthopaedic & Neurological
Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Lifestyle Medicine Counsellor
Answered: Thu, 10 Feb 2011
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