Neuropathy | Last Active: Jul 14 10:01am | Replies (35)
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I developed neuropathy first in my feet and now legs. I was diagnosed with length dependent sensory neuropathy and was referred a spine center for steroid injection for pain. I kept trying to convey to the people at the spine center that pain was not the major issue, it was lack of sensation in feet that made walking and driving a car difficult (now impossible). Around the same time I started to suffer from constipation but I did not link the two. I went to a gastroenterologist who referred me for an x-ray to see my colon, which turned out to vividly confirm constipation. He referred me for a defacography exam which indicated my neuropathy was causing a lack of proper bowel function. A colonoscopy indicated no obstructions in the bowel and the conclusion was that the problem was definitely related to the neuropathy and his solution was to recommend suppositories or enemas. I have used Miralax and the generic and it helps some but definitely not a solution.
A neurosurgeon thinks that my spinal stenosis and spine misalignment are contributing to the neuropathy. I am planning to go ahead with the spine surgery and hope it will result in some improvement. One neurosurgeon I saw felt all of my neuropathy was due to my back problems. We shall see.