Please help me with the effective treatment or management of neuropathy
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Hello @zil, Welcome to Connect. There are many different treatments for neuropathy that help you manage the symptoms but they may or may not work for everyone with neuropathy and there is no one magic bullet for neuropathy. Do you mind sharing a little more about your neuropathy diagnosis, what your symptoms are and how long you've had them?
Thank you so much.Three months ago I went to hospital because of a backache and shoulder blade pain only to be told it the nerve that have a problem.i have been taking neurocare plus without any improvement.
Numbness in left little finger and electrical sensation in upper back (left side) making it very uncomfortable during the day and impossible to sleep on my left side at night. Symptoms are worse after midnight.
I’ve not been to a neurologist yet
Symptoms seem to improve with the use of Advil
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Welcome @brucer, It sounds like your symptoms are similar to those of @zil. I'm wondering if it may be related to the ulnar nerve.
"Ulnar nerve entrapment can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the forearm and the fourth and fifth fingers. In severe cases, ulnar nerve entrapment can …"
— Ulnar Nerve Entrapment: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/ulnar-nerve-entrapment
@zil and @brucer – Do you think your symptoms could be related to a pinched nerve in your shoulder or spine?
Hello and thank you for the reply
My symptoms sound very much like ulnar nerve entrapment. My next step is to locate a doctor in central Florida
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Sincerely I don't know about ulnar nerve entrapment .Is it curable or managable.
@zil, You mentioned going to the hospital for back and should pain 3 months ago when they told you it was nerve pain. You said you've been taking neurocare plus but it's not helping. I'm not familiar with neurocare plus. Is this a treatment the hospital provided? Did they give you a specific diagnosis for the type of nerve pain?
I called the Mayo Clinic recently and was told I needed a referral to see a neurologist, is that the case?
I think a referral can help sometimes but I've never heard that it's a requirement or needed. I know sometimes the waits for a neurologist can sometimes be a problem due to the sheer number of patients trying to get an appointment in an area like neurology. If it were me, I would just try to self refer.
@zil and @brucer
In 2004, living in Winston-Salem NC, I had the numbness and tingling in in left pinky and ring finger. It was accompanied by a bizarre hitting the "funny bone" feeling in my elbow that was difficult to turn off at times. I don't recall it radiating as high as the shoulder//neck. Advil etc helped reduce the feeling, but it wouldn't go away, so I finally got a referral to a neurologist who discovered the entrapped ulna nerve. He referred me to an orthopedic surgeon (hand specialty vs shoulder) who did surgery around my elbow to reroute the nerve so it was no longer trapped. It was believed that my years of biking (gripping handlbars/brakes) was the most likely reason. The surgery did wonders.
However, 5 years later, the numbness & tingling returned. I lived near Johns Hopkins in Baltimore then, and the orthopedic surgeon there entered surgically and found a record-setting amount of scar tissue build up at the site, and removed the scar tissue, and after PT it was much better again.
About 5 years after that, I developed idiopathic PN, and that's how I wound up at this great site. Nobody has linked my severe axonal sensorimotor nerve PN to my left ulna nerve by the way, as it's in both lower leg & arm limbs. But I'll share that I got shingles 2 years ago, sadly when I was near rock bottom going through yet another dilemma with throat cancer treatment. Most folks get shingles on their trunk region; mine was right near the ulna nerve old surgery scar on my elbow. The shingles pain and residual effects mimicked all the entrapped ulna nerve symptoms I had back in 2004, this time radiating up to the back of arm and lower neck. I guess I'm learning that injured nerves are very vulnerable!
I guess I'm saying you sound a bit like maybe there could be ulna nerve stuff going on; my PCP in NC had referred me to a Neurologist which did take time to get in and get the nerve conduction study to confirm. But at Hopkins, it was my Orthopedic doctor who got the ball rolling, and it was a quicker route.
Just a thought – is it possible your insurance provider may require a referral? I'd check with the insurance company.
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