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Old 10-21-2011, 08:52 AM   #1
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Question Veteran with Peripheral Neuropathy?

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I just found this board on the internet and am glad I did. It seems very informative which is what I'm lokking for. I am a 90% servicee connected Vet who has reopened my case because disabilities have gotten worse. I currently am rated 40% for lumbosacral strain with spondylosis and degenerative disk diesease, residual phlebitus right leg 40%, 20% left lower radiculopathy, 40% right lower radiculopathy. I have filed because now I have scoliosis lower back,severe forminal stenosis L2-S1, sciatica both legs and I believe peripheral neuropathy both legs (because soles of both feet are numb). Have seen a neurologist who did EMG/NCS and EMG showed bilateral chronic radiculopathy involving L3-4, L4-5,L5-S1. Nerve conduction study were normal though. My question is can you have peripheral neuropathy but have it not show up on this test? After reading all the symptoms of it I have most of them and am confused as to why the NCS came up negative.

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 09:27 AM   #2
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Re: Veteran with Peripheral Neuropathy?

Mine never showed on any of my test. It only showed on the skin biopsy. Have they tried that yet?

 
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Mine never showed on any of my test. It only showed on the skin biopsy. Have they tried that yet?

 
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Old 10-21-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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Re: Veteran with Peripheral Neuropathy?

Ihate2w8,
Thanks I haven't. I didn't even know you could have skin test for it.....SoCalJeff

 
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Re: Veteran with Peripheral Neuropathy?

I didn't either & neither did the many neurologists that I saw during my 3 yr ordeal to be diagnosed! I finally found a neurologist at a teaching hospital in Chicago that new the symptoms & what to look for & he preformed the skin biopsy. I think another name for it is a punch test.

They take a small amount of tissue, usually in more than one effected area & test it.

With mine I was diagnosed with Small Fiber Neuropathy & was told that is why all the other tests came back "normal", the Long Fibers aren't being effected, which is what most of the other tests check for.

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Old 10-21-2011, 12:07 PM   #6
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Re: Veteran with Peripheral Neuropathy?

Thanks for the info. I'll research on the internet under small fiber neuropathy and punch test....SoCalJeff

 
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