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Not sure what to do for a next step

I am. 62 y.o. Man.  I went thru rehab for alcohol Nov/Dec 2011.  I felt fine after.  Since march 2012 I have experienced many symptoms including numbess, tingling, sleep change, pain throughout muscles and joints  among others.I have had every blood test imaginable,, emg, MRI.  Have seen pcp, , rheumatologist, neurologists.  The most I have received is telling me I have some peripheral nerve damage.  All have quickly said it is alcohol related, but no one has an explanation of the joint and muscle pain.  Now I have been sent to a pain specialist.  I say I am willing to accept it if it is all alcohol related, but maybe I am not because I also think something is missing.  I have read a lot about a lot on line because I don't do much else due to the discomfort.  Fibromyalgia would seem to be a likely possibility but no m.d has mentioned it, yet have prescribed Lyrica.  What do I do and where do I go?  I live about 40 mi. North of Boston.  Thank you all.
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This sounds like exactly what I have been dealing with minus the alcohol. Six weeks ago I was sent to the rheumatologist. She said fibromyalgia gave me flexeril and said to find a psychiatrist. Opiates do not help and all of the "Specialists" think that they are all too special. I get the run around and nothing so far has helped. Good Luck!
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

If your symptoms are due to peripheral nerve damage, it can be exactly assessed by a nerve conduction studies. Check to see if there is vitamin B12 deficiency. Vitamin B12 deficiency or hypocobalaminemia is a low blood level of vitamin B12. It can cause permanent damage to nervous tissue if left untreated long. This can occur as a consequence to excessive intake of alcohol. Discuss this with your consulting doctor.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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