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Oct 15, 2017 · Small Fiber Neuropathy in Neuropathy

I’m unsure of the effect on appetite and sleep, however, the bladder/bowel issues, and tremors can be directly related to your diagnosis.

Oct 15, 2017 · Small Fiber Neuropathy in Neuropathy

Hello there,

I have been on a long, expensive, medicine filled journey to find the cause of my SFN. I have had progressive numbness in my hands and feet for several years. SFN can absolutely affect your bladder control. I have bladder retention, and other bladder and bowel issues because my autonomic nervous system is involved. I have a diagnosis of Lupus, with normal labs since diagnosis, and with progressive numbness, tingling, edema, loss of sensation, loss of hot/cold perception in my hands in feet. I also have tremors in my legs, and issues with sweating. It is frustrating, and as I use my hands exclusively in my line of work, the progression of this with no foreseeable reversal or cure feels very defeating. I just moved from one state to another, and have had to re-establish with new providers. The next step in diagnosis is a skin biopsy.

I wake up multiple times a night with pain, and complete numbness in my arms and hands. I wake up to swollen hands, and painful joints. I simply cannot afford to have my hands go numb during a procedure, and the medication available such as Gabapentin affects mentation. I am happy to have found a place of understanding in this group, as it is difficult for people to understand the impact of SFN on daily life. They see it merely as a nuisance, not life alternating.