Hi, My neuropathy in my hands is driving me nuts.

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   Posted 12/25/2017 5:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope everyone is having a great holiday.

Over the last 4 months, my neuropathy in my left hand has been a nightmare and the pain has been unbelievable, Completly numb with severe burning.
The pain is radiating up to my shoulder causing lots of pain. And to top it off My left hip is
giving me some problems.
I went to see my Neurologist who did an EMG test to see whats going on with my left hand
It came back abnormal and She increased my Lyrica to 400mg once daily.
Then I went to my Orthopedic to check my hip. (This hip was repaired in 2010) he ordered some blood work to check for infection and inflammation.
C-REACTIVE PROTEIN 34.6mg the normal is 1-2mg's
SED RATE 45mm normal is 2-4mm
My doctor called and told me after the New Year he wants to remove some fluid from the hip?
Is anybody familiar with this blood work and taking fluid off the hip.
Thanks Beck
Avascular Necrosis (AVN) in 6 joints. hips,knee's and shoulders.
Major chest surgery:Thoracotomy with decordication causing
Bronchiectasis and Severe restrictive/obstructive pulmonary disease
Healthy up to 2005 38yr's old-now 50 My ninth year battling CP and other problems.
Came down with a severe case of peripheral neuropathy mostly on the left side, No feeling in my left fingers just numbness.

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   Posted 12/25/2017 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi rjbeck,

I'm sorry to hear that you are having problems.

C-reactive protein and sed rate are non-specific tests for inflammation. When increased, they indicate the presence of significant inflammation within the body, however, they tell the doctor nothing about the cause or location of the inflammation (it could be localized, systemic, or both, and caused by one inflammatory process or multiple, a pathological process such as infection, or a reactive process such as response to injury). Negative tests do not rule out the presence of inflammation, but the inflammation, if present, is usually less severe.

In order to determine if your CRP and sed rate are elevated because of your hip, you doctor will need to do some more investigating. At the very minimum, this would involve a physical examination for signs of overt inflammation in your hip, and likely imaging and additional blood work, if that has not already been done.

Removing fluid from the hip, itself, is fairly simple and would be similar to having a steroid injection done, if you have ever had one done in your hip. However, instead of injecting steroid into the joint through the needle, your doctor would remove fluid from within the joint, instead. Then, depending on how the fluid appears and what he thinks the cause of the increased joint fluid might be (infectious vs purely inflammatory), he may also send a sample of the fluid to the lab for analysis. So basically, you are talking about probably 2 needle sticks -- one to numb the tissues around your hip, followed by the actual needle used to remove the fluid from the joint.

I've had many joints and other body parts injected, but never my hip. Joint injections are generally uncomfortable/not fun, but not horrible. However, although the injections are somewhat painful, if you do have a lot of fluid in your hip, removing some of the fluid and relieving some of the pressure may actually give you some immediate pain relief.

Happy Holidays! Let us know how everything goes. I hope you are able to find some relief from your hip, at least.


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   Posted 12/25/2017 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning Beck. Sorry to read about the health issues you are struggling with. Sometimes, it just seems to be never ending.

From looking at the blood tests it looks like you have a lot of inflammation going on. Normal sed rate for a male is 0-22 mm/hr & the CRP is <-8.0 mg/L. Other than the dr saying fluid needed to be removed from your hip, I wonder if the dr plans on having the fluid sent out & analyzed or if you have excess fluid on the joint.

about the EMG being abnormal. In what way was it abnormal, the neurologist should have offered up more information other than that. EMG's are specific such as an example only, the test can show carpal tunnel, radiculopathy at a certain levesl in the cervical spine & ect. I would request a copy of the written report, something you should always have a copy of & you need to know exactly what the report says.

Unless I am confusing you with another member which is highly possible, lol. How is your brother doing? If I remember correctly he was being taken off of a pain medication & his dr did not have a good tapering plan in place & was putting him on something else that did not even compare.

Happy Holidays to you!!
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   Posted 1/5/2018 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
My wife developed Poly Neuropathy from her time in the ICU and having a serious fight with sepsis. We went to our long time trusted neurologist and he told her to start taking 500 mg of ALA, 500mg of L-Carnitine and a B Complex vit. 3 times a day. All of These meds are over the counter. It took about 2 weeks for her to feel some improvement. After about 3 to 4 months the Simpson’s of the nueropoathy was gone. She could feel her feet and no numbness. I would suggest that you check with your doctor and see if he thinks it would be ok for you to try this treatment. It has worked wonders for my wife and other people that we know who have used this procedure. I hope that this might bring you some relief.
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