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numb legs from knees to feet

For many years neuropathy has existed in my feet, toes and ankles.  I would describe my stiff ankles as "wooden".  The  toes tingle the worse late afternoon and night.  Six months ago I began to feel numbness extending up my leg to my knees.  Most days I feel as if I'm walking on too sticks keeping me slightly off balance.  Not tingling in the legs just a sense of heaviness and fluid building up.  I take neurontin and diuretics for hypertension.  I feel like it won't be too long before I require a cane to steady myself.  What can I expect next?  Is a second consult with a neurologist of any value?  I was diagnosed with idiopathic peripheral neuropathy.  No diabetes or HIV.  Is there any light on the research horizon?
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1756321 tn?1547098925
Patients taking potassium-sparing diuretics should know the signs of too much potassium and should check with a physician if any of these symptoms occur:

Irregular heartbeat
Breathing problems
Numbness or tingling in the hands, feet or lips
Confusion or nervousness
Unusual tiredness or weakness
Weak or heavy feeling in the legs.
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I just had a complete blood work up and my potassium level was within normal range.  But I appreciate your response.
681148 tn?1437665191
You can try chiropractic.  I know it sounds strange, but I get sporadic Parasthesia, and my muscles will pull my spine out of alignment enough to slightly pinch my nerves and make the tingling worse.  But, when I get adjustments, the Parasthesia is a lot better and hurts a lot less.
1291268 tn?1274814522
Has your neurologist ruled out CIDP?


A nerve biopsy can make the diagnosis,
There are treatments if CIDP is the real cause of your neuropathy.

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