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What causes polyneuropathy?

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Posted on Thu, 21 May 2015
Question: I have had polyneuropathy in both legs for many years and have just read that tick-bits could be the cause.
And I have been invaded by one before I got tis problem.
What do you reccomend me to do ?
Thorild
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Answered by Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
treat the cuse if possible

Detailed Answer:
Good day,
There are many reasons for polyneuropathy. The most common causes are diabetes, thyroid disorders, vitamin B12, B6 deficiencies. Other causes are certain drugs, toxins, enviromental causes etc. Tick bite can also cause it rarely.
It is important to find the cause, so that undelying cause could be treated . However, for past tick infestation, we can not do anything now. We hae to symptomaticlly treat neuropathy with Gabapetin, Pregabalin or Duloxetine.
Regards
Binu
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai (1 hour later)
thank you!
the medicin you refer to, are they corticosteroids and do they cause severe sideeffects? I have read that plasma exchange or IV globulin and antimetabolit drugs could be used for myelin dysfunction, what is Your openion?
I am interested in Food as medicin as well, are there anything to help rebuilding myelin or inhibit the process?
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Answered by Dr. Binu Parameswaran Pillai (14 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Food

Detailed Answer:
Plasmapheresis and immunoglobulin etc are useful in specefic types of neuropathies like GB syndrome and Demyelinating polyneuropathies.
The drugs which I mentioned may cause drowsiness and giddiness in some people .

There is no specific food. But a mixture of good food rich in antioxidants and vitamins will help like green leafy vegetables and fruits
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What causes polyneuropathy?

Brief Answer: treat the cuse if possible Detailed Answer: Good day, There are many reasons for polyneuropathy. The most common causes are diabetes, thyroid disorders, vitamin B12, B6 deficiencies. Other causes are certain drugs, toxins, enviromental causes etc. Tick bite can also cause it rarely. It is important to find the cause, so that undelying cause could be treated . However, for past tick infestation, we can not do anything now. We hae to symptomaticlly treat neuropathy with Gabapetin, Pregabalin or Duloxetine. Regards Binu