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purplewillow (@purplewillow)

Alcohol Neuropathy???

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@johnbishop

Hello @purplewillow, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I think it would be hard for anyone to go through the loss of family and friends like you did and not be affected. I have idiopathic small fiber peripheral neuropathy and used to drink alcohol but I quit once I was diagnosed because it can cause nerve damage. I have not heard that stopping drinking of alcohol would suddenly cause the neuropathy symptoms. The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy has some information on alcohol and neuropathy here: https://www.foundationforpn.org/what-is-peripheral-neuropathy/causes/alcohol/

I'm by no means an expert and have no medical training but the withdrawal symptoms you are describing don't sound like typical alcohol withdrawal. Mayo Clinic has some information here that describes alcohol withdrawal symptoms: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alcohol-use-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20369243

I'm tagging our moderator @lisalucier to see if we can move your post to another discussion on the same topic here where you can meet other members discussing neuropathy and alcohol:

> Groups > Neuropathy > Small fiber peripheral neuropathy and alcohol
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/small-fiber-peripheral-neuropathy-and-alcohol/

It's understandable that you are nervous about having damaged nerves but the good thing is that you are actively seeking help and learning as much as you can about your condition. Have you thought about checking back with your doctor and explaining your fears to see if you can get your appointment moved up?

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Thank you so much for your reply. I have emailed my doctor and told them how frustrating it is to have to wait so long for an appointment. I didn't get a reply. I think it's time for me to find another primary care doctor. I did ask for a referral to see a neurologist and that also is a least a two month wait, however, in the meantime, being here is so helpful! I am exercising, stretching and eating real healthy. I am slowing weaning myself off wine. Once that is out of my system, I'll have a better idea of the pain, I don't have as much pain when I have wine. Bless you!