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I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy last fall

By Anonymous June 30, 2018 - 9:08pm
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After developing "legs that felt like stumps and losing balance". An MRI was read that I had some protruding discs and narrowing. Sent to a pain clinic for steroid injections.I also did physical therapy. The injections were a mixed bag of results.Warm compresses helped but still had sharp pains & pressure in back.Still was very wobbly. Sent to a neurologist for an EMG. Said it wasn't diabetic but peripheral neuropathy. Started on gabapentin which did help after a while with nighttime pain.gait is still unsteady but still try to stay active. Recently moved and not able to be as active.I have always ridden horses and have continued to do so. Recently have developed pain in right leg esp when dismounting and pelvic floor. What else can I do? I'm also losing more strength in my arms,even with walking,swimming and trying to ride.I am also taking Alpha lipid acid .

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Hello. Thank you for posting.

Low impact activities are best, such as walking, yoga, and stationary bike cycling, these activities are not jarring to your back. I have a degenerative disc in my lower back and was told to trade running for walking. Which I have. Horseback riding is not low impact and can be jarring. Yoga can help with flexibility and stretch out tight, underused muscles. Some people have had success with alternative treatment such as acupuncture. Surgical treatment may be recommended for people with severe nerve damage from injury or nerve compression.

Discuss your situation and treatment options (pain medication/therapy, etc.) with your doctor.


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