If you have painful peripheral neuropathy (weakness, numbness, and pain from nerve damage, usually in the hands and feet), you probably have a low level of vitamin D. But a new study concluded that taking a lot of vitamin D3 for a short term can improve the symptoms of neuropathy.
A low level of vitamin D is a “Fairly new topic of interest in pain,” the Vanderbilt University Medical Center wrote in 2009. A review article in Pain on “ Vitamin D and chronic pain ” had just found that we needed better evidence to conclude that vitamin D is relevant.
Pain was significantly less in the treatment group
The new study provides some of the evidence that we needed. Published online and not yet assigned to an issue of Medical Principles and Practice , the study is “ Prospective Evaluation of the Effect of Short-Term Oral Vitamin D Supplementation on Peripheral Neuropathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus .” A research team from Kuwait s...
Who am I? I can barely recognize myself because the rheumatoid arthritis has severely deformed my hands, my feet and my legs. The first 50 years of my life from 1841 to 1891 must have been in another body because this one cannot even hold up my favorite pipe or roll my favorite cigarettes. This decrepit shell has really failed me now that one side is nearly completely paralyzed. The doctors say I had a stroke , but I don't know if that is right because my neck hurts me something fierce. Luckily, I am ambidextrous so that I can continue my work at creating beauty.
Although I have been offered the latest chemicals like antipyrine , I prefer not to use treatments that could interfere with my creativity. My goal is to just keep moving. So, I have taken up juggling daily to keep my arms and hands limber. I also enjoy playing billiards because I have to get into so many different poses just for a chance to beat my wife. With each bend in the knee or twist of the arm, I believe I can ma...
Hi, for the past 6 months I have been getting really bad shooting pains in my head and face. It always starts in my temple and ends up at the top of my head, it also feels like my face is very tight when this happens. Though they last only seconds, I am getting several a day! I have told my doctor but to no avail. Can you help please? Melanie.
What you're describing could be ice pick headaches, but they don't generally start in one place, then move to another, and they generally don't occur in the face. You can read more about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
You were quite right to see your doctor about these headaches. They need to be investigated and diagnosed. Unfortunately, not all doctors have the background to help. When your regular doctor can't help, it's best to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It’s important to note that neurologists aren’t necessarily Migraine and headache speci...
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