Can You Be Treated For Neuropathy By Seeing A Rheumatologist?

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Asked by sheilarorer49

Can You Be Treated For Neuropathy By Seeing A Rheumatologist?

I have neuropathy which is cause by generation handed down. I,am not a diabetic. It is very painful. I cannot seen to take anti-depressant pills. They make me sick. Do I need to see a Rheumatologist for help. I'am currently seeing a neurologist but no progress. Its getting worse.Please help me if you can.

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Neuropathy can be cause by a number of conditions or factors and result in damage to nerves. To my understanding, neuropathy is a chronic condition for which there is no cure. As well, it is often progressive, which means it gets worse. I don't know very much about neuropathy - a member of my family has it and I've learned something about it because of this. It's my impression that you can improve the symptoms somewhat by being active. For instance, my family member has neuropathy in her hands and finds that knitting makes the symptoms better. Neuropathy is treated by neurologists. Rheumatologists treat rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and the like. If you're not happy with your current neurologists, you may want to talk to your family doctor about getting a referral to another doctor for a second opinion. I'd also suggest that you try to find an online community of other people who have neuropathy, e.g., on Facebool. Talking to other people in the same situation can often be tremendously helpful, both in terms of getting practical tips on how to manage, as well as emotional support.

Answered by Lene Andersen, MSW