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IS IT NEUROPATHY

Neuropathy | Last Active: Jul 7 3:56pm | Replies (8)

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Hello @sciscented and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. First, congratulations on your sobriety! Three years is wonderful and a daily choice for a better life and health. Regardless of where you are today, you are far better off!

Here is some information on the difference between peripheral neuropathy and idiopathic neuropathy.

– Peripheral Neuropathy: Symptoms and Causes
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20352061
While I am not a medical professional, I am curious if you feel your balance issues stem from a lack of feeling/sensation in your feet or if it is something more like light-headedness or dizziness?

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Thank you for reaching out.
Actually I lose balance when my feet touch the ground. It feels like there is a delay with the message from the feet touching ground and the brain.
I can’t walk around on the sidewalk without a mobility walker, and even then I can’t walk for too long because my legs feel weak.
When I sleep I feel totally normal with no pain. It just feels like I’m wearing socks.

I get dizzy only when I have a sporadic Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo event.
I’m still waiting for the neurologist appointment.

I have idiopathic sensorimotor peripheral polyneuropathy diagnosed in 2000. On gabapentin 300 mg. t.i.d. mostly for avoidance of paresthesia and dysesthesia. No chronic pain issues as long as I don't overdo. Resting every afternoon a recent thing for chronic fatigue. We (my service dog Rusty and I) get by.

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