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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Peripheral Neuropathy
Answer: I need to know what tests have been done, I suspect the edema and neuropathy are tied together. Beri-Beri can do this as well as some other uncommon diagnosis. Get back to me. But, you need a thyroid function, sedimentation rate and an MRI of your lower spine, at least.
Medication Causing Neuropathy [posted 7/16/98]
Answer: Mexilitine has about a 2% incidence of numbness. Peripheral neuropathy would be very rare. Not seen with amitriptyline.
Answer: Peripheral neuropathy is extremely painful, especially at night. Sometimes, taking antihistamines (like Benadryl) available over the counter with Tylenol and aspirin can be effective. Peripheral neuropathy tends to be the most painful at night. This may help until prescription drugs are given.