mkf72 wrote:I just found this site. I hope I can get some help here. My right leg starting at my hip is numb. It stays numb, going down the leg my thigh has feeling in it and then below the knee it is numb again. It stays numb all the time, no pins and needles in that leg, just stays numb. I have been experiencing fatigue as well. It used to come on in the late afternoon, but now I am still exhausted when I get out of bed in the morning and I stay tired all the time. I have to force myself to do things as I don't have the energy to do anything. I have been drooling as well. It is getting bothersome having spit running out of my mouth. My face goes numb especially around my mouth and chin area but then the feeling comes back. My arms and hands go numb with the pins and needles feeling too. My right knee will go out from under me sometimes as I walk and I have to catch myself to keep from falling. I do experience some anxiety and some depressed feelings at times too. I can't get in to see my PCP for two more weeks. These symptoms are driving me nuts. Any help or insight would be greatly appreciated.
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
Antibodies to nerve components (e.g., anti-MAG antibody)
Antibodies related to celiac disease
Hepatitis C and B
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