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'Skinny Jeans' Linked to Woman's Nerve Damage

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Long periods of squatting in tight jeans can cause muscle and nerve damage, a new case study suggests. The research involved a 35-year-old woman who arrived at a hospital complaining of severe weakness in both her ankles. The day before, she had helped a relative move and spent many hours squatting while emptying cupboards. She said she was wearing tight "skinny" jeans that became increasingly uncomfortable as the day progressed. That evening, she developed numbness in her feet and had difficulty walking. She tripped and fell, and spent several hours on the ground before she was found. When she arrived at the hospital, her calves were so swollen that her jeans had to be cut off, the researchers said. She had lost feeling in her lower legs and feet, and could not move her ankles or toes properly. Doctors determined she had a condition called compartment syndrome. ... Read more

Related support groups: Muscle Pain, Peripheral Neuropathy, Small Fiber Neuropathy

Health Tip: If You Have Peripheral Neuropathy

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Peripheral neuropathy, common among people with diabetes, is characterized by nerve damage in the fingers and toes. The American Podiatric Medical Association says people with peripheral neuropathy should: Regularly inspect the feet for wounds and signs of infection, since feeling to the feet may be reduced. Ask someone else to inspect the feet if unable to do so. Seek immediate care for any foot injury. Don't walk barefoot. Always wear sturdy, well-fitted shoes. Keep blood sugar under control and follow a diabetes treatment plan. Read more

Related support groups: Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Foot Care

Vegan Diet Might Ease Diabetic Nerve Pain

Posted 27 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – A vegan diet might help people with diabetes-related nerve damage shed weight and find some pain relief, a small pilot study suggests. Vegan diets are free of all animal products, including eggs and dairy. Instead, people get their protein, fat and all other nutrients from foods such as beans, nuts, whole grains, vegetables, fruit and plant-based oils. In the new study, researchers tested whether a vegan diet could help people with type 2 diabetes and painful nerve damage in their feet or hands. The investigators found that over 20 weeks, the 17 people they assigned to the diet lost an average of 15 pounds. At the same time, blood flow to their feet improved and their pain eased up. Experts said the findings, reported May 25 in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, highlight the importance of healthy eating and weight loss for people with type 2 diabetes. But it's ... Read more

Related support groups: Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage

Study Links Celiac Disease to Nerve Damage

Posted 11 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 11, 2015 – People with the digestive disorder celiac disease are at increased risk for nerve damage, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers looked at more than 28,000 people with celiac disease and a "control" group of more than 139,000 without the disorder. The researchers found that those with celiac disease were 2.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with nerve damage, medically known as neuropathy. However, the risk of nerve damage among the study patients was still low and the association seen in the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. The study was published online May 11 in the journal JAMA Neurology. "We found an increased risk of neuropathy in patients with celiac disease that persists after celiac disease diagnosis," Dr. Jonas Ludvigsson, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues wrote. "Although absolute risks for neuropathy are ... Read more

Related support groups: Peripheral Neuropathy, Celiac Disease, Neuropathic Pain, Small Fiber Neuropathy

Antidepressant Cymbalta Might Ease Chemo-Linked Pain

Posted 4 Jun 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 4 – Cancer patients on certain chemotherapies often experience a painful tingling in their extremities called peripheral neuropathy, and a new study suggests the antidepressant Cymbalta may be the first treatment to work against the condition. In the small study, 59 percent of patients who'd experienced peripheral neuropathy said that they gained relief after taking Cymbalta (duloxetine), compared to 39 percent who took a "dummy" pill. Taking Cymbalta daily "decreases chronic chemotherapy-induced neuropathy and pain severity in the majority of patients who take it and it improves function and quality of life," said study author Ellen Lavoie Smith, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan's School of Nursing. She said the drug is also "very well tolerated" by most patients. Smith spoke at a news briefing Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of ... Read more

Related support groups: Cymbalta, Cancer, Peripheral Neuropathy, Duloxetine, Taxol, Paclitaxel, Onxol

Cell Transplant Tested as Treatment for Nerve Pain in Mice

Posted 23 May 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 23 – A new study in mice suggests that scientists may someday be able to treat nerve pain by transplanting embryonic nerve cells to restore a broken nervous system. There are plenty of caveats. It's not clear if the treatment will work in humans, and its cost and possible side effects are unknown. Still, there's potential for researchers to make a difference for people with nerve pain. The condition, also known as neuropathic pain, can make parts of the body ultra sensitive to touch and can be difficult to treat. "Nothing that gets rid of the pain works for a long period of time," said study co-author Allan Basbaum, chair of the department of anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco. "The problem is that even if drugs sort of work, they work everywhere in the body and inevitably have adverse side effects like sedation and mental clouding." Nerve pain can ... Read more

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Many Docs Use Costly MRIs to Diagnose Nerve Condition: Study

Posted 25 Jan 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 25 – Doctors are more likely to use high-cost MRI scans to diagnose peripheral neuropathy than cheaper – and more effective – glucose tolerance tests, a new U.S. study has found. In people with peripheral neuropathy, the nerves that carry information to and from the brain don't work properly. Symptoms of the disorder include tingling, burning or less feeling in the arms or legs, and can range from mild to severe. Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy, which affects about 15 percent of those over age 40. When diagnosing peripheral neuropathy, doctors differ greatly in what tests they turn to, researchers at the University of Michigan noted in the study published in the Jan. 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. "We spend a lot of money to work up a diagnosis of neuropathy. The question is whether the money is well spent," study leader Dr. ... Read more

Related support groups: Peripheral Neuropathy, Diagnosis and Investigation

Acupuncture Might Ease Chemotherapy Pain

Posted 12 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 12 – Acupuncture may help relieve nerve pain caused by some cancer drugs, according to a new study. Cancer drugs called taxanes, vinca alkaloids and platinum compounds can damage peripheral nerves, especially in the calves and feet, resulting in severe nerve pain or difficulty walking. Currently, there is no effective treatment for the condition, called chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy. This small, preliminary study included six patients with peripheral neuropathy who underwent acupuncture and five patients with peripheral neuropathy who served as a comparison group. The acupuncture treatment involved insertion of 20 needles at specific points and depths, which were left in place for 20 minutes during each of the 10 sessions delivered by a doctor over a period of three months. Tests of the signaling speed and intensity of two nerves in the same calf were ... Read more

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