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Pins and needles in the bottom of foot. Is peripheral neuropathy permanent?

Hi..its LeAnne..I wrote to you last week about having an issue with my right calf..that when I push on it on the outer side of the calf muscle ..that I get strong pins and needles in the bottom of my foot ...You had suggested this could be Peripheral Neuritis..and suggested I see my doctor but that the condition was not serious...I saw my doctor today and he called it Peripheral Neuropathy ...Is this the same thing that your suggested?? And,,I thought Neuropathy was a serious condition..My blood levels were checked and were all normal...He told me it was from crossing my legs right over left and said the nerve was irritated...but I m a little scared as I have read alot about neuropathy in the past for my job...Can you please clarify any of this for me...I m nervous ...Is this permanent?? He didnt suggest me seeing a neuro or taking any meds..only told me to stretch my calves regularly and to apply some heat and to bulk up my calves a bit...Help ?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Oct 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

First of all, I would like to reassure you that you do not have a serious neurological illness and there is no need to worry.

Yes, peripheral neuritis is same as peripheral neuropathy, and this is not going to cause any permanent damage or disability in your case.

In your case, the neuropathy is due to mechanical pressure over the nerves in the legs, so, avoiding putting pressure would make your nerve better and you would recover.

I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Fri, 20 Dec 2013
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