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Taking medication for COPD and constipation. Getting burning sensation all over body. Reason?

My Mother is 68 and suffers from COPD . For the last few weeks she has sufferred bowel problems ( constipation ), this appears to have improved with medication but now she is describing feeling like she is burning all over but inside her body. This includes her upper arms and neck . There is no obvious skin changes. She is very distressed and anxious as the GP s can t find a cause. Please help.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Dec 2012

Thanks for posting on HCM

From your description your mother is suffering from peripheral neuropathy which can be due to a good number of reasons. It is possible that she could be having a drug reaction or side effect of one of her medications, vitamin b deficiency, underlying diseases condition such as diabetes (will need to have been existing for long now), hypertension, SLE, MS etc. If drugs are not the culprit (only way is to halt one or two of the drugs or investigate further on each of their side effects), then your doctor will need to run some tests to rule out any possible underlying diseases conditions.
Other causes of peripheral neuropathy like Guillain-barry syndrome will need to be excluded too.

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