Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Numb Legs due to Alcohol Treatment

There is no cure for alcoholic polyneuropathy, but treatment may decrease symptoms and help prevent the illness from worsening. A person with alcoholic polyneuropathy must avoid alcohol completely. Treatment may include vitamin B supplements, physical therapy, and medications for pain. For severe symptoms, physical and occupational therapy may help to preserve the ability to perform daily activities. Topical lotions may also help to decrease pain from alcoholic polyneuropathy.

Treatment for alcoholic polyneuropathy may include:

Numb Legs due to Alcohol Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of alcoholic polyneuropathy.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Is surgery an option for me?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for peripheral neuropathy?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Numb Legs due to Alcohol Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat alcoholic polyneuropathy:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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