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    Old 05-24-2005, 09:42 PM   #1
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    Talking A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    Hi.
    My Doc asked if I could put my heel to toe,in total darkness with arms extended without losing my balance.Well,heck,I did'nt know.I failed that test!! Then I remembered I fell out of the bathtub while washing my face 3 months earlier in the shower.
    Try this test close to a bed to fall upon or have spouse handy.It sure does tell the Truth.

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    Old 05-25-2005, 04:57 AM   #2
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    Hello JL
    I did try the heel to toe test, and of course I couldn't do it. I remember my neurologist also having me do this in his office but not in the dark. He had also stated that I have severe balancing problems. But my Polyneuropathy was diagnosed through and EMG test along with my symptoms. This neuropathy has effected both hands, wrists, both feet & calves. I also have had a couple of falls. But when I leave my home I need to walk with a cane. Thank You for sharing your info with us. I am also sorry that you suffer with neuropathy.
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    Old 05-29-2005, 06:19 PM   #3
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    My neuro had me do that too. It was kind of funny. I am so young(28) he didn't believe me at first and had me keep doing it. He also had me try to stand on one foot and close my eyes. He said because I couldn't feel me feet, by brain couldn't tell where I was and that was why I kept falling over.

     
    Old 07-14-2005, 06:22 PM   #4
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    My neuro had me do that too. It was kind of funny. I am so young(28) he didn't believe me at first and had me keep doing it. He also had me try to stand on one foot and close my eyes. He said because I couldn't feel me feet, by brain couldn't tell where I was and that was why I kept falling over.
    Dallasmommy,
    So sorry to hear you have Neuropathy at only 28,way too young!
    I have cured my falling (Ha Ha) in the shower.I place one hand on the wall to maintain balance while shampooing,or for a vigorous shampoo,place by Butt against the wall.I've gained 43 lbs.It's easy to Find now! I have since nicknamed myself a" Butterball Babe"
    Hope I brought a smile to you face...
    Take Care JL

     
    Old 07-17-2005, 05:17 AM   #5
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    OTabby,
    This is a very accerate test.I've had neuropathy for 7 years in the legs.I'm 39 my onset occured after a bad surgery.Not to long ago I was pulled over by our local police,who witnessed me getting into my car,it was a ruff day walking and they accussed me of drinking.Needless to say I failed there sobriety test.I tried to explain to them I don't drink and with neuropathy on good day I wouldn't pass it.I passed the breatherlizer test and sent on my way.Looking back on it now, I can chuckle ,I'm sure the officer is still quite puzzled.For all of you that suffer from neuropathy I understand,stay positive,stay active and goodluck
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    Old 07-17-2005, 07:29 AM   #6
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    Hi there, I was wondering when you say you have neuropathy, is it a motor neuropathy?? Not sensory?? This all confuses me...I thought that there is just sensory neuropathy?!!! Lena

     
    Old 08-15-2005, 02:53 PM   #7
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    This is only a test for motor neuropathy. It is possible to have sensory neuropathies and still be able to do these tests. Sometimes only sensory nerves are affected.

     
    Old 08-15-2005, 08:51 PM   #8
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    This is only a test for motor neuropathy. It is possible to have sensory neuropathies and still be able to do these tests. Sometimes only sensory nerves are affected.
    Hello aslo,
    I suppose I should have kept it simple and just said Neuropathy.Thanks.
    I lose my balance very easily, so I keep nightlights on everywhere to navigate in the wee hours of the morning when I can"t sleep.Also keep One Eye open in the shower so I don't fall out again. (haha)

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    Old 08-18-2005, 09:10 AM   #9
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    ok Gals you all have me confused as well..SOOO I gotta ask here
    you are talking of loss of balance - in which I do ALOT-sometimes you would think I was drunk ! although it comes and goes - I can be reaching for something and start to fall over like I lost balance !
    I was tested for neuropathy on my right leg(foot) - my results were ,I have one bad nerve, a thick calf and she couldn't get a reading on the other part of the test in which she said that really bothers her..whatever that meant..

    so when you have neuropathy do you lose your balance once in awhile then ???

    thanks gals
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    Hello,
    I was diagnosed with bilateral neuropthy a year ago after and EMG taken for numbness in arms and legs, I also have Fibromyalgia recently diagnosed after a full body flare up. I did the sensory test with eyes closed and arms out and almost fell over. Can you tell me what the results mean.

    Thanks

     
    Old 08-18-2005, 02:00 PM   #11
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    Well I just went into the dark bathroom and tried to do heel to toe and I couldn't do it and I tried many times. I also tried the finger to the nose and I kept putting my finger in my mouth. This is very wierd.

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    Old 08-22-2005, 08:31 PM   #12
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    Hello, This is just a test to find out if a person has neuropathy.Like,if you want to find out before going to a Doctor.
    Take Care JL

     
    Old 08-22-2005, 08:46 PM   #13
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

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    ok Gals you all have me confused as well..SOOO I gotta ask here
    you are talking of loss of balance - in which I do ALOT-sometimes you would think I was drunk ! although it comes and goes - I can be reaching for something and start to fall over like I lost balance !
    I was tested for neuropathy on my right leg(foot) - my results were ,I have one bad nerve, a thick calf and she couldn't get a reading on the other part of the test in which she said that really bothers her..whatever that meant..

    so when you have neuropathy do you lose your balance once in awhile then ???

    thanks gals
    GraN
    Hello GraN, With my neuropathy,I often lose balance,can't wear a high heeled shoe,can't even bend over to pet my cats in the AM.Any time my eyes are closed my balance is off.But I hear this is Normal. Take Care JL

     
    Old 08-27-2005, 11:22 PM   #14
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

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    Well I just went into the dark bathroom and tried to do heel to toe and I couldn't do it and I tried many times. I also tried the finger to the nose and I kept putting my finger in my mouth. This is very wierd.

    Terri
    OK Terri,get your finger out of your mouth. (HAHA) I know it's wierd,but it's difficult for US to do without keeling over on our buns.We all must have have a little laff as we're coping with this d--m problem.
    Went to my primary Doc today,reminded her I needed some Zocor samples,I told her before I won't take them @ $30.00 a co-pay,So I get them FREE. (YAHOO)
    She asked what I paid for Cymbalta (neuropathy meds)It's $50.00 copay.She gave me a months supply.Anyway,I was SO Happy walking out of there ,I think I actually kicked up my feet walking out,have not done that in years.She had no idea Cymbalta costs $127.00 w/o insurance.Nice chatting Terri.& ask for those freebies @ your Drs.mine had a closetful!!! All Free!
    Take Care JL

     
    Old 08-29-2005, 09:56 PM   #15
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    Re: A simple at home test for sensory neuropathy,that you can do,

    I remember doing that test about 8yrs ago, I fell in the Dr office when I did it. But my polyneuropathy was diagnosed with emg and ncv tests, I also have pernicious anemia which caused the polyneuropathy. I still can't do the heel to toe test without falling and I notice if I walk fast I have no balance problem, but if I just stroll it seems I act like I've had a few too many drinks and wonder all over the place, my hubby chuckles at times cuz he rather walk behind me than along side of me just because of the zig zag walk.

     
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