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Old 06-26-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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Has anyone here gone to the ER for neuropathy?

My husband is suffering from neuropathy in his feet and ankles. He isn't diabetic. He had an EMG and the doctor doesn't know whats causing this. He has had several back surgeries and the doctors keep saying its not related to his back. He is on very strong pain medication for his back pain (Fentanyl patches) and they don't help the neuropathy. He says he feels like his ankles are broken and he is now having problems walking. We've been to several neurologists. He can't tolerate the meds given for the neuropathy since they hurt his eyes. He wants to go to the ER but I don't know if they will be able to help him and we certainly don't want to go there and be let down. Has anyone here gone to the ER and gotten relief? If so, what did they do for you? I would appreciate any advice. I want to get him help as soon as possible. I've put lidoderm patches on his feet and they help a little.


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Old 06-27-2008, 06:03 PM   #2
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Re: Has anyone here gone to the ER for neuropathy?

Does your insurance pay for the ER?
If it does he could go see if something is broken since he can't walk on the feet
They'll X-ray the area that hurts to be sure no bones are broken.

Around here the ER will:
make sure all vital signs are stablized,
no bones are broken in the area where you have pain
and you are not bleeding to death.
Then tell you to see your Dr.
...and send you a nice big bill unless your ins covers it.

But your family Dr can send you for that x-ray without a trip to the ER.

Believe it or not people with neuropathy also get other things just like anyone else does.

He could have arthritis in his feet or ankles.
That's very painful.

I have idiopathic sensory axonal Pherial Neuropathy.
First got that around 1993 and, of course, still have it.
It effects mostly my right leg and foot but also effects my left leg and foot as well as sometimes my left arm.

BUT now, from 1999 to now and totally unrelated to my PN, I also have developed osteoarthritis (OA) in both my feet, both knees and spine.

YES arthritis in the feet feels like they are broken, can swell, get red and yes, mine does radiate up the ankle.
I also have heel spurs.
Definatly painful.
That will show up in an X-ray.

My Primary Care Physician (PCP or Family Dr) sent me for the Xray.

Went back to my PCP for the Xray results.
For the heel spurs, which was worse in my left foot, I was given a steroid shot..which worked nicely in about 3 days.
For the OA in the feet I was given a prescription for Tramadol 50 mg. To take once a day on the worst days.
OH such relief!

But the Tramadol makes me sleepy so I took it the first week and got wonderful pain relief but now I take it rarely and when I do I try to take ½ a tablet rather than a whole one.

He may want to try Tylenol Arthritis it does work somewhat for the foot arthritis if it's not a monster bad day. That's what I use most of the time for arthritis.

My arhtritis has it's good days and mean days.

BTW for my PN I take a low low doseage of Neurontin 4 times a day and it has absolutely no effect on my arthritis pain at all.

Diff pain requires diff meds.

I hope your hubby solves the foot pain problem soon.
I KNOW how bad feet can hurt.

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Re: Has anyone here gone to the ER for neuropathy?

Sounds like he is in terrible pain, has he been referred to a pain specialist ? not all meds suit all of us sometimes it may take the right combo suitable for that individual to work the best, PN is sometimes very hard to find the cause, in my case it wasn't till i seen a neuro that specializes in neuropathy that my luck changed completely, he found the cause in the first lot of blood tests he done.

With all his back problems i am surprised that an MRI wasn't mentioned, any pressure on the spinal cord can cause such problems, but PN can be caused by over 200 known reasons yet even with the most extensive workups still some aren't found and labeled idiopathic in nature.

I hope he finds relief soon

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