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Nine year old suffering..please help

My nine year old grandson has been diagnosed with allergies, asthma, migraines, mild stomach empting, GERD, sleep apnea,and now fibromyalgia.. He has double vision or blurred vision. He has the sensation of his feet burning and feels shooting pains from his feet traveling up to his skull.  His handand feet tingle. He aches all over BUT he also experiances a sharp pain shooting thru his body intermittenly. Also, he has to look at bright lights??? Please help.  We are wating for a pain clinic to accept him. I took him to ER yesterday  they gave him a new pain med...Today it doesn't work. This situation situation exploded six months ago although health issues were building up . he was issued the wrong c-pap machine by the company...not the Dr's fault. and later had costacondrites. While on the wrong c-pap he had several seizures.
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Thanks for using the forum. I am happy to address your questions, and my answer will be based on the information you provided here. Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with a doctor.

Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information.

Your grandson may be suffering from a neuropathy. There are two types of sensory neuropathies in the body – large and small fibers. With small fiber neuropathies, symptoms include burning or buzzing or other vague symptoms starting in the feet and hands then in some cases spreading to other parts of the body. The EMG/nerve conduction studies (NCS) (tests done to check for neuropathy) will not show an abnormality, and a definitive diagnosis can only be made with a skin biopsy so that the number of nerve endings can literally be counted. There are other tests of the function of small nerves that can be ordered, such as QSART testing which looks at how much sweat the skin makes, since sweating is in a sense of function of these small nerves. There are several causes of small fiber neuropathy, including diabetes, vitamin deficiencies, and autoimmune problems.

The other type of sensory neuropathy is called a large fiber neuropathy. There are several categories of this type of neuropathy, and there are many many causes. Sensory neuropathies can involve just one nerve or several nerves in the body. The symptoms are sensory loss and if motor nerves are involved, weakness will occur. Some types of sensory neuropathies occur and progress very slowly, others sort of wax and wane (with flare-ups) and some are progressive. One of the most common causes of neuropathy is diabetes, and sometimes only glucose intolerances, or abnormal rises in blood sugar after a glucose load can be the only indication (this is called a oral glucose tolerance test). Other causes include but are not limited to hereditary/genetic causes (such as in a disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, in which there is a family history of sensory neuropathy usually from an early age associated with other clinical features such as high-arched feet), autoimmune problems (such as lupus (SLE), Sjogren's, Churg-Strauss (in which asthma also occurs), polyarteritis nodosa, which affects blood vessels), and demyelinating diseases (such as CIDP). Vitamin B12 and B6 deficiency, as well as excess vitamin B6, can also cause neuropathy. Some toxins, such as lead, arsenic, and thalium can cause large fiber sensory neuropathy. Other causes include abnormalities of protein metabolism, as in a type called amyloidosis or monoclonal proteinemia. In many neuropathies, both the sensory and motor nerves (the nerves that supply the muscles) are involved, leading to sensory symptoms as well as weakness.

The diagnosis of large fiber neuropathy is made by findings on a test called EMG/NCS which assess how well the nerves conduct electricity and how well muscles respond. Rarely, in some cases a lumbar puncture provides useful in formation, and very rarely a nerve biopsy is required.

Treatment for neuropathic pain (pain coming from nerves) includes neurontin and lyrica, and medications such as elavil (which is an antidepressant but has actually been found to be helpful with neuropathic pain as well).

I recommend that he be seen by a neurologist. He may order laboratory tests as indicated above and may order an EMG/NCS. Also, it would be important for him to have his sleep apnea fully evaluated (not only by a sleep specialist, but also by an ENT to evaluate the tonsils) and treated appropriately. Some of the symptoms he has may be related to this.

Thank you for this opportunity to answer your questions, I hope you find the information I have provided useful, good luck.

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