Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is There A Treatment For Non-Diabetic Neuropathy?

Monday, 19 Jul 2010 11:38 AM

Question: I am not a diabetic, but I have neuropathy in my legs which causes endless pain. Doctors can't find the cause of pain, so I'm looking for a top medical center where I might join research or where I could be treated.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Neuropathy means disruption of nerve function. Investigation involves searching for correctable causes and treating underlying conditions that cause the condition. Genetic, toxic, environmental, dietary deficiencies and excesses, metabolic, immune, infectious, circulatory, infiltrative, traumatic, degenerative, and malignant processes will all cause neuropathies.
Some causes are evident by their history and presentation, but some are less than clear and involve more evaluation or even biopsy to confirm and establish a cause and effect.

There is no single drug that is known to help "neuropathy" in general. The cause needs to be defined in order to provide any reasonable prospect for treating or even just arresting the process. Avoid self-treatment. You need to seek professional consultation early. Most neuropathies are not easily reversible, but many can be arrested with proper treatment as long as the cause is identifiable. Difficult cases will often involve a neurologist with other consultants in conjunction with your primary physician.

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