Neuropathy and the Impact of Stress
I was diagnosed with Small Fibre Neuropathy only a couple of months ago. I was feeling so good because I was being successfully treated with 300 mg of Gabapentin. Good times!
But it's been a rough week. My brother died on November 16th. This was not totally unexpected as he had so many health problems, but it still took us all by surprise. He's been like a bloody cat over the years – avoiding death over and over and over again despite proclamations from doctors.
So here I am a couple of hundred miles from home – with my mother. Everyone thought it would be a good idea. I'm the oldest, and the child closest from a geographic perspective. But we do NOT have a good base relationship. Add to that, my step-father, a man I haven't been terribly fond of, is dying of cancer. He's in the hospital right now, but is being discharged tomorrow. He is not long for this world – a bed is set up in the living room and they have 24 hour medical care once he's home. Essentially – their home is a hospital right now.
Last night my feet were burning a bit – but not enough to cause concern, just heightened awareness because I have been PAIN FREE for about 6 weeks. But tonight – my feet are on FIRE. Aside from the normal burning, other sharp pains are occurring that I don't remember feeling before in my feet and up my legs. PLUS – my hands and arms have been tingling like crazy in a manner that has never happened before…
So – what I am wondering is: Have others found that intense stress/distress causes a flare in symptoms?