Jamrhi6 wrote:So it started about a year ago with blurred vision, migraines, muscle cramping and weakness, depression and fatigue. My doc was puzzled by this and it went away in its own. Then 6 months ago I was gifted with chronic optic migraines. I also was experiencing thumb twitching and muscle cramping in my hand. All on the right side. I was given notriptyline and all eventually subsided. Last month my feet began cramping up then my hands. It started first thing in the am like I had ran a marathon while twirling a baton all night long. They were freezing cold and it continued to get worse then the tingling and sharp static feelings and then the red hot burning feeling like in sweating on the inside of my hands. My upper body felt stiff. I went to the ER 2 weeks ago because I woke up and was unable to walk my toes were curled inward ice cold and it hurt to walk on them. They gave me gabapentin and sent me to the doc who is now sending me to the neuro. Since taking the gabapentin the muscle cramping has subsided. Still have the hot hands then ice cold hands then cold feet and tingling. My fatigue is off and on. My doc tested me for everything (blood wise) so did the ER and all is well with my thyroid my um what do you call the swelling? Ugh in so tired of feeling like this a couple days ago I had a dizzy spell in the bathroom I started feeling like my eyes were crossing over and then both eyes were blurry/fuzzy and I took a Motrin right away because I was awaiting a migraine but it didn't come I took a nap because I was so tired. I hope I get answered tomorrow. I'm a 31 year old female with 4 boys and a husband in the Navy. These aren't the kind of problems I thought I would be having?????!!!!!
Blood tests are commonly employed to check for vitamin deficiencies, toxic elements and evidence of an abnormal immune response.
Depending on your individual situation, your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to identify potentially treatable causes for neuropathy. These include tests for:
Vitamin B12 and folate levels
Thyroid, liver and kidney functions
Oral glucose tolerance test (I suggest a "fasting blood insulin test" -- not the same as a blood sugar test.)
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease (In view of the information below, mannitol-lactulose test for Intestinal Permeability might also be helpful.)
Hepatitis C and B
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