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Prolonged paresthesia from alcohol use (not abuse)

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Old 12-07-2007, 12:04 PM   #1
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Prolonged paresthesia from alcohol use (not abuse)

Please help. I've had this problem for awhile now but doctors haven't been able to find anything. Alcohol causes my body to become numb. The more I drink, the worse the symptoms get, and the longer they last. I don't abuse alcohol. Actually, in my entire life I've only drank a few gallons of the stuff in total. I don't drink, but it bothers me to think there's an undiagnosed problem with me.

One beer will make my entire body numb/pins-needles-sensation for about a week. Blood work came back good, and neurologist thinks the problem is just stress or anxiety. Others tell me that neuropathy is common with alcoholics, but there's nothing in the literature about low doses of alcohol causing temporary paresthesia.

Can the problem be heavy metals? How do I get tested for heavy metals? What tests can be done to find out my problem?

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Old 12-07-2007, 10:27 PM   #2
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Re: Prolonged paresthesia from alcohol use (not abuse)

Hi Joe, Alcholic Neuropathy patients are normally tested for Thiamine deficiency [B1], but one beer every now and again, does not put you in that catergory, no way known.
The sugar in beer can aggravate already damaged small fibre's, which are the ones responsible for feeling of sensation [heat, cold, pain, numbness],
There are many, many reasons why people get small fibre damage, perhaps you need the services of a neuro that specializes in PN, particularly a small fibre expert, they will send you for all the necessary tests you need to hopefully find the cause and yes stress, anxiety can aggravate the nerves but finding the underlying cause why your nerves are damaged should be investigated, even your General practitioner can order some tests, like a 3 or 5 hour glucose tolerance test for impaired glucose tolerance, heavy metal toxicity like Arsenic, Mercury, lead with a urine test, etc, but really a PN expert is the best option.

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