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My Mom has NO LUCK

Just got a phone call from my mom. She just got back from St. Michael's Hospital in Newark, where she went for some tests on her hands. She's had some pretty intense pain and has lost significant function in her right (dominant) hand. It came down to either Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or Neuropathy as a result of Diabetes.

Carpal Tunnel is reversable/curable with surgery. Neuropathy is not. So of course, the results show that it is, in fact, peripheral neuropathy.

From the Neuropathy Association Website:

Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the most common diseases most people have never heard of…in fact, upwards of 20 million Americans have it. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to your body’s peripheral nerves. This damage disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. It is like the body’s wiring system breaking down. If ignored, neuropathy can lead to numbness, pain, weakness and incoordination. However, if it is diagnosed and treated early, peripheral neuropathy can often be controlled, slowing the disease’s progression.

Some types of peripheral neuropathy can be cured, however, most cannot. However, many can be helped. Therapy is directed at treating the underlying disease and at improving the symptoms with the right medications. An experienced neurologist can help patients feel more comfortable, and their quality of life can be greatly improved. But it is extremely important to get to an experienced neurologist as soon as you notice the symptoms before the disease has a chance to cause too much permanent damage.

According to Wikipedia, the current treatment for this is something called Pregabalin, which is actually an anticonvulsant drug and is marketed by Pfizer under the trade name Lyrica. Pregabalin was initially developed by medicinal chemist Richard Bruce Silverman at Northwestern University, so I have some faith that it should help my mom.


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Apr. 22nd, 2008 03:03 pm (UTC)
Your poor mom. I feel so bad for her. I hope she can get the meds and things to keep it from getting worse.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
:( I'm sorry to hear that, Juli.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Sorry Juli.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Oh, geez.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that. Some docs feel I have a bit of that going on in some areas, but it's not severe like your mom is obviously dealing with :( Please let her know she's in my prayers!
Apr. 23rd, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
Odd they went right to lyrica. It is the new, "hot" drug, which means expensive. Older drugs that work well for it and are relatively cheaper are gabapentin/neurontin and topamax/topiramate. People have been getting either great relief or no effect with the Lyrica, so my prayers will be that it works well.
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