Has anyone used knee braces for their neuropathy? Mine goes to my waist and also my hands. My knees are so weak and I'm wondering if braces would help.
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I have peripheral neuropathy. I take Gabapentin so only feel the symptoms up to my ankles and a little in my shins. But, at this point, my legs always feel weak and it is an effort to standup and sit down. Could this be related to my neuropathy?
@marymc4 and @axeddie, I also have small fiber peripheral neuropathy but only have the numbness. I too am concerned about muscle loss and weakness in my legs. I think physical therapy can help with exercises to build up the leg strength. I started using a indoor recumbent exercise bike daily to help with my leg and arm strength. I would also try to walk more if that's an option. I have difficulty walking any distance which is why I use an exercise bike more.
You might find this webinar from the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy helpful. Physical Therapist Sarah Boyd PT, PTD of Mayo Clinic shares tips and suggestions on adding exercise and physical therapy to your living-well regime.
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I agree with John on getting Physical Therapy. With my PN, Gabapentin helps keep nerve pain in check when taken on schedule, but my knees are my weakest link. (Ankles run 2nd) I find it takes longer for my leg muscles to recover from what seems to be ordinary exertions and exercises. (Like sitting, standing, squatting, and even walking through the supermarket). I help myself the best I can with routine muscle strengthening exercises I do at home or in a community class, and about 20 PT sessions a year to keep the discipline and make any adjustments they recommend. I have learned more about my body to know when I’m over exerting myself and realize that it’s OK (and smart) to take rest time as needed to avoid injury.
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