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Alcoholic Neuropathy: Signs and Symptoms

A reader left a question on the article “Can you become Allergic to Alcohol?” Her question was

What is alcoholic neuropathy? Have heard the term and interested in understanding.

She went on to add the comment,

It is just amazing when you read the comments from other people, and it is like they are just describing the events of your own life.

Alcoholic Neuropathy: Symptoms

Excessive drinking, usually over years, can lead to nerve damage. The first sign of nerve damage may be in numbness or tingling in the hands, legs and feet. Ulcers or sores may develop on the legs and feet. There may be pain or burning sensations in the feet, or cramps in the calf muscles. The leg muscles may waste, leading to leg weakness and frail ankles. Alcoholic neuropathy often shows up first as clumsiness and uncoordinated movement.

Furthermore, there may be confusion, memory loss, speech slurring or incoherence, even when sober.

Nerve damage can be anywhere in the body. It may lead to incontinence or male impotence. In some cases, there is damage to the autonomic nervous system, which, among other things, affects heart rate and breathing.

If he or she is a heavy drinker, it is irrelevant whether he is a functioning alcoholic or a skid-row alcoholic. Symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy in a heavy drinker are also signs and symptoms of advanced alcoholism.

Caution

Diabetic neuropathy has some of the same symptoms as alcoholic neuropathy. Furthermore, alcoholics have an increased risk of diabetes. Only your medical doctor has the knowledge and skills to make the differential diagnosis and make a referral to a specialist for a neurological exam. Your doctor may detect signs of neuropathy, which the patient cannot.

Alcoholic Neuropathy: Treatment

Abstaining from alcohol and eating a balanced diet may alleviate some of the symptoms, if the damage is not too extensive. There are prescription meds that can further reduce neuropathic pain.

One can only hope that most alcohol abusers will recognize they have a problem and deal with it long before it reaches the stage of alcoholic neuropathy.

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43 comments to Alcoholic Neuropathy: Signs and Symptoms

  • Hi Dr Neill,

    I am an addiction therapist and work with older adults. Seeing cases of peripheral neuropathy is quite common. Many times they will enter confined to a wheelchair or using a walker upon arrival. Within the time frame of a 4-6 weeks in an inpatient alcoholic treatment center, and proper care it is not uncommon to see people leave under their own power with a little pep in their step. This, in fact is the case more often than not.

    Bill Urell

    MA CAAP-II

  • sharon

    Thanks Dr. Neill, this site is great. Things are so crazy when you live with a drinker that you are never really sure if what you are seeing is real. Living with a drinker effects us as we see diffferent signs and wonder is that the alcohol or something else. We are in denial as well not wanting to see the signs. Thankyou for answering my question.

  • Todd

    Alcoholism is the new death wish…..thats all I have to say. We need to offer a hand to those in need of help. Help by helping others, not by ignoring the pain… http://www.recoveryconnection.org/?utm_source=alcoholism&utm_medium=pv&utm_campaign=home

  • Dr. Neill Neill

    Thanks, Todd.

    And thank you for being there with the Recovery Connection. We are both in the business of lending a helping hand.

    The hardest part for me is watching marriages and families deteriorate because of substance abuse, along with the ongoing denial there is a problem.

    Just before Christmas, I lost a daughter (liver failure), who never acknowledged she had a drinking problem.

    Keep up the good work.

    Neill

  • Cece

    Hi Dr. Neill…

    Thank you for this article. I realize now that what I am seeing is the effects of a long history of alcohol abuse.

    Funny thing is I never thought my husband was "really" an alcoholic as he functions quite well at work. Everyone loves him, he’s the best guy. No one sees what I do. My husband is a plumber/beer drinker (pretty much comes with the territory they say), for the past 30 years. In the last few years he has had a hip replacement, his feet and ankles are shot, and probably every other joint is in pain. He also suffers from gout largely due to his drinking beer. He seems to be missing or absent much of the time, and his breathing scares me at night.

    I am trying to get him in for a physical as it has come to the point, I don’t think he’ll be around in the next 5 years….and he’s only 55.

    This is an excellent article, and I am going to show it to him…maybe this will finally sink in. I can only hope!!

  • Amy

    I finally had the Ah-Ha moment. Still kind of in shock. So thankful for this website as I have so many questions. I know my husband’s body is starting to shut down. Loss of control over bladder and bowels and no sex life. We are both only 42 years old. He just recently wrecked our vehicle after a night of binging with his so called friends. He was so bad he couldn’t remember leaving for work the same morning as his wreck. I took one look at our vehicle and realized that that is what has happened to me too. It is nice to have hope as I am now taking my life back. I am worthy of happiness and restful sleep. I am letting go and letting God.

  • sharon

    I too am taking back my life, but my husband is trying every trick in the book to make me fall back into our old routine. I have moved upstairs and am putting the house on the market next week, taking the kids and moving away. I feel sorry for him and we had a great physical relationship and could have still had those moments physically, but I keep SAYING NO. I moved upstairs away as I said I would never let him bully me again, and he hasn’t. But I know if I gave myself to him again he would feel that he had me back. It is so hard.

    Al-anon tells you it is a disease, and we should detach and stay and look after ourselves., Dr neill you say run, I believe it is the best decision to go in the long run, but why is it so hard. I know I am obviously co-dependent and am trying to break the cycle I dont want to be that person anymore, with him or the kids, I realise now it is about me too. When I am rejecting him now physically, how do I explain

  • Dr. Neill Neill

    Sharon,

    Your back-and-forth feelings are a true illustration of codependency. You or anyone else in what I call the “alcoholic dance” would benefit from reading or re-reading “Addiction and Codependency Simplified,” the special report you can download when you get on my notification list.

  • sharon

    I know, Dr neill, I have downloaded and read every bit of your stuff, as well as a big stack of books on co-dependency. I know I have it bad. It is quite strange at the moment. For years I could not remember a lot of my past, I have spent so many years in a blur, I partied when I was young big time, was very naughty chasing lots of fellas, spent my time at home enabling my dad with his drinking and listened to him and mum argue verbally. Mum switched off from all of us, I suppose to cope with dads drinking, she finally gave him the ultimatum to stop drinking or leave after we left home (my brother and I). Anyway I remember cleaning up dads vomit so mum would not be cranky and picking him up when he was drunk and fell over on the road, I loved my dad heaps. I suppose when you’re little, you think when your dad is drunk, he is just more fun. Mum never worried about having people visit the house much, I suppose she was embarrassed.

    Today I was covering my al-anon book and I thought I can use this when I move up to qld. That’s where I am going when the house sells, and then all the memories of the shit in my child hood were all there, I am crying now, all the things that hurt all those years ago, are all back. And I have spent the last 14 years, picking up my husband off the road,and cleaning his vomit, and raising two kids, working full time, studying a degree, and doing everything for everyone for all of my life. I havent changed since I was a kid. Nobody looked after me back then, and I never looked after me either.

    I know why I am co-dependent and the relationship with my husband has been so hard. My husband is a replica of my father and it so hard to leave. It just kills me, and I know I have to go to get better. Some days I am so strong and other days I could just curl up and cry forever. History has repeated itself, my dads parents were alcoholic, and mum’s dad as well. What a messy family! If only they all knew the problems that are passed through the generations and what a curse alcoholism is. I suppose I should be happy, maybe all the pain I have had inside is starting to come out, and that is why I have felt like nothing all these years, attaching to the wrong people, and looking after my husband for the last 14 years just like I looked after dad. Dad doesnt drink anymore. Mum said he just said that he would show her that he could stop and he did.

    Co-dependency is about me and all these issue I have. Just how again do I fix me?

  • sharon

    I have gained so much from reading this site, have realised by making positive changes in my life and having a plan to look after myself for a change is a step in the right direction to end my co-dependency. It is really hard when you need to change something that you do automatically without thinking everyday. I appreciate all the help and support you have and still are giving me.
    thankyou

    sharon

  • Dr. Neill Neill

    Hi Sharon,

    You are getting it! The first part of change, if you want to change, is to become more aware, that is, become more conscious of your automatic thoughts and reactions.

    Congratulations!

    Neill

  • sharon

    You are right I am getting it, I have become aware with your help. I told you that night I sat and read every message on your site till midnight here down under, and something clicked. I thought I had to then find where the steps were written like from 1 to 10 on what to do next, and then I just kept reading and remembering what I want, and what I DONT WANT, and have moved in a positive direction to look after me and stay on my path.

    It is so hard. There have been a few moments as we are living in a big two storey house and he is downstairs, still drinking, goes to work, but does nothing else. I have stayed so strong this time and not given in. I am usually like a marshmallow, and always submit and fall back into my old destructive patterns and hate myself for doing it, and know that I am doing it. Rang the real estate today and the solicitor and the bank, and sold the piano, sometimes I cant believe I am doing it…….

  • My fellow on Facebook shared this link and I’m not dissapointed at all that I came to your blog.

  • kathy

    looking for addiction co dependacy simplified. how can i get in touch with this book.

  • Dr. Neill Neill

    Kathy and all,

    When you join the list for this website, you get a copy of “Addiction and Codependency Simplified.”

    If you are already on the list and don’t have it, just email me an I’ll send you a copy. Use the contact page.

  • Cece

    Hi Dr. Neil…
    I finally got around to ordering Living with a Functioning Alcoholic…it’s time…no longer denying what I know to be true.
    I have never received, I don’t believe, the Alcoholic-Codependency Simplified.
    May I please have a copy? I don’t attend Alanon…..not working for me, as I’m still on the fence regarding the disease issue. I am more inclined
    to go with the disease by choice situation. I am finding that I’m becoming
    much more obsessed with my husband’s drinking than he ever has…..I count,
    I mark the cans, and then I log his alcohol consumption every day in a journal…. what’s up with that anyway. It’s rediculous!! Since my last comment here, things have not changed, he only seems to be falling apart more and more. I’m completely convinced that he is showing the beginning
    signs of A neropathy. It’s sad and I’m so angry at the same time. I
    look forward to the website to help me on this journey. Thanks again!

  • Dr Chandrashekhar Lele

    Dear Sir,
    I am at present treating an alcoholic patient, who has now got rid of alcoholism with help of disulfiram or whatsoever, but he has developed frank alcoholic neuritis. In addition, he has little incordination, with tremors.
    I found him to be profoundly anemic, and treatment with injectable iron sorbital, and methylcobalamine has not given him much relief. Can there be any specific drug for this perticular neuropathy? He is 32 yrs male otherwise healthy.

  • Dr. Neill Neill

    Dear Dr. Lele,

    What you are asking is a medical question. I would suggest you direct your question to medical colleagues who work with addiction recovery.

  • Jim

    I had an alcoholic abusive father. A mother in denial. Picked a woman abusive like my dad and made everyone think I was the abusive one. I drank and drank somemore, being depressed and the alcohol depressed me further. Finally screwed up through the drinking, had to attend counseling for alcohol and dom. violence which was the best thing that happened to me. Saw the co-dependent relationship and me being everything for everyone but me. Quit drinking (I have harmed my liver and my nerves but I take vitamins, eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and avoid any processed foods now), dumped the relationship, found a really nice healthy woman, love my kids, and it is a choice. A hard choice but a choice all the same. I had to have numerous things affect me all at once and work through counseling to make the steps necessary. I decided I didn’t want my life unhappy, being with a dishonest, hateful person, didn’t want to kill myself drinking, loved me and loved my kids. It didn’t hurt I started taking my banjo and attending gospel events. It wasn’t the religion so much, just meeting decent people who knew how to have a good time without alcohol. And now…I hope my past alcohol abuse doesn’t take me away from my kids and my wonderful life earlier than it should be. There is hope-but the focus has to be on fixing oneself-and caring for myself…everything builds from that place.

  • Congratulations, Jim. I too wonder if my alcohol abuse of the past will catch up with me eventually. But so far so good. It’s been 35 years. never give up hope.

  • Jennifer

    My husband has been clean and sober for 27 years and was just diagnosed with Neuropathy (burning in his feet at night) due to his excessive drinking/drugging 27 years ago.

    We were both very surprised at this but I guess that the VERY excessive drinking and drugging he did has caught up with him.

    Any supplement suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thank You,
    Jennifer

  • laurie

    My (new) husband injured himself on the job – had 2 vertebrae removed in his neck – replaced with cadaver bone and titanium plate last Jan. Ever since he continues to have severe chronic pain, pins and needles, and his pain continues to get worse. About 6 months ago he began stuttering and a twitch/tremor in his hand sometimes – usually when pain is severe and stress level is high. He is still employed – however can not perform his job and so while his employer is working with us to get diagnosis, treatment and determine disability–he basically spends all day, everyday at home watching tv, playing video games and reading. (due to his meds he is not allowed to drive)

    We married last April after long distance dating for 2 yrs. We have had sex once since our wedding – his reason is the medications and his pain. He was a big drinker – consumed a huge amount on the weekends only (from what I witnessed) but his job was extremely dangerous/high stress, and “all the guys” drank heavily on weekends. Now since the surgery – he literally drinks a minimum of 18 beers every other day. I’m convinced now that he’s an alcoholic. He even confessed (while drunk) that one of his ex-wife’s biggest complaints was his drinking – so I really can’t blame it on his job.

    For awhile I’ve felt that the drinking was for sure completely negating the medications. He sees his doctors and tells them the meds aren’t working and the pain is just getting worse… he’s now in the process of getting approved for a spinal stimulator implant to help relieve the pain. Reading about alcohol neuropathy – although my husband, did have an injury – I’m beginning to believe that his continued pain and the stuttering and hand tremor is due to his alcohol consumption.

    As I said, we are newly married (we’re in our late 40′s). There are other issues due to his baggage. We’re still getting used to communicating with each other, and with the drinking – he gets morbid, paranoid, argumentative and verbally nasty. Although, that seems to be the only time he wants to talk about “important” things – after his 12 beers in. He does not believe he has a drinking problem. I know you can’t convince an alcoholic they are an alcoholic, but I DO need to talk to my husband about what I believe, how it’s affecting me and our marriage–that I will not “pick up a 6 pack” for him on my way home from work. Sorry, I just needed to vent, to say what I’ve been thinking out loud.

  • mike

    Hi: I just came across this is and it seems I may have finally found answers I have been looking for. Being an alcoholic for 30 years has been a hell off a path to take. The loneliness, anger and guilt are most difficult to live with. I have always blamed everyone else for my problems but never myself. I have been having nerve pain off and on for 6 years now and could never find the reason why. nor could doctors. Though I assure you I never revealed my drinking habits out of pride or embarrassment. Call it what you like. I have numbness, pins and needles and severe stabbing pains mostly in my feet and legs but also hands and arms as well as other parts of my body.

    Erectile problems are now new to me, just started a few months ago. I don’t have urination problem though so that is what stumps me here. I also have sporadic joint pain and stiffness and ankle pain. I get this severe pain from time to time in my right instep which makes it impossible to walk on that foot for a couple of days. I also get itching all over. I have quit before because of a fright and I assure you this has scared me again. By the Grace of God and friends I met in the past at AA I will one day at a time conquer or put to rest this awful disease which destroys not just me but the people I love the most, my children, wife and family. Thanks for this site.

  • Friend

    The sooner you start your abstenence and healing, the closer you are to the relief you so deserve. Nothing compares to the beauty and relaxation you experience with sobriety. God, what we have been missing all those years! Alcoholism is a disease of the mind whose symptoms begin to seep through the cracks one by one until the damage it causes to your body is no longer reversible, and barely treatable. Close that 30 year chapter. You had that experience that already. The outcome was not what you expected, and you just didn’t have the courage and strength to change old habits. Look towards the next 30 years without the horrible symptoms. Let your body detox from the chemicals, relax and really enjoy the rest of your life. Chances are you won’t be the only one enjoying being around you. You will be like a newborn child rediscovering a life you have missed out on.

  • Bri - UK

    For Laurie:

    Vent away and say what you are thinking. Respect.

    I speak from the other side – I’m the alcoholic and my wife is putting up with it but I doubt that will go on for long, unless I give up completely. She is perfectly right. I can see it’s sh*t living with a heavy drinker – your comments about morbid, paranoid and argumentative sound so familiar. And you are dead right that the only time most folks with an alcohol problem will attempt to talk about the problem with their partners is when they are quite drunk and then of course it is virtually pointless (that’s certainly true in my case).

    I’ve got alcoholic neuropathy in my feet so have to drive an automatic car (unusual in the UK). I’m 52 and my GP tells me the condition might improve 5 years after I give up. I’m no Dr. Neill but has your husband had liver function blood tests? If he’s drinking 12-18 beers a day it will show up and maybe convince him there is at least a physical problem.

    Well done for not picking up a 6-pack of beer on the way home – my counselor calls that “collusion”, and like you, my wife will have nothing to do with that. Good luck.

  • Connie

    I’ve been in a relationship with an alcoholic/drug abuser for 6 years. He waited one full year to tell me about his addictions. He said he knew I wouldn’t want to date him if I knew, and he wasn’t willing to do anything about it. I stayed 5 more years because I was emotionally attached, which was what he was banking on. I never got to live any of my dreams with this man. We never married or even got a house together. He wouldn’t let go of his so that he could regress there and continue his drug and alcohol addiction without my nagging him.

    I’ve never been into drinking alcohol much but did drink more just knowing him. I finally decided there would be no year 7. It was scarier for me to live on my own laid off from my job than it was to be with an addict who never had control of his life or future. It’s a roller coaster ride.

    We are both in our mid 50′s. He is a professional manager. I am a former school teacher. This disease is in all walks of life. But it is a dead end for any person who gets involved with an alcoholic who wants no help.

    His friends all enable him so it’s not likely he will ever get the help he needs. So sad as he is a good man if it weren’t for his weakness for destructive substances. I’ve lost a daughter and a father from complications of alcohol abuse. Life is too short to hold yourself back while someone manipulates you.

  • Is it possible for this problem to go away if one stops drinking or drinks once per month? Also, how long do the symptoms stay?

  • I have seen the symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy virtually disappear in a week or two after stopping drinking completely. There are, however, wide individual differences.

  • Tom

    Hi

    I am 20 years old, not an alcoholic. But over the past three years have put my body through hell by drinking lots, smoking, and consuming drugs. Now whenever I drink, the next day I will always experience pins and needles through my arms. This has gone on for many months now. The more I drink the night before, the worse the pins and needles are, and the longer they last. Could this be alcoholic neuropathy? Or do you think it may be something else.

    Any suggestions are welcome

    Thanks

  • daniel

    I have enjoyed drinking for twenty years until two months ago when I started developing minor bodily sensations (less than an itch, and not pins and needles – sort of in between pins and needles and an itch). I have always felt well, drinking or not, but Googled myself into a Cirrhosis corner.

    I was wondering if any other drinkers out there all of the sudden started feeling a little crawl-y on their skin, and flaky scalp?

    thanks and great luck and long life to all!

  • Jennifer

    My STBX husband has alcoholic neuropathy and has severe gout (it got so severe because he refused to believe he needed to see a doctor). He was drinking 18-24 beers a night.

    I was supporting him through his physical issues and tried my best to be supportive, but when the verbal/emotional abuse started, that was the last straw. I do love him and always will, but since he has decided he doesn’t want help and is continuing on his downward spiral, I had to make the decision to save myself. In the end, it’s easier to leave him than to watch him kill himself.

    The saddest part is, he’s only 26. I can only hope that he hits rock bottom and tries to turn his life around while he still has a life, but whatever he does, I won’t be there to see it.

  • Jesse

    Dr. Neill,

    Sir I believe me and my girl friend both are showing symptoms of alcoholic neuropathy. We’re only 20 years old, so we decided to quit drinking for awhile. My question for you was about how long after we quit will the numbness go away for good?

    Thank you sir.

    Jesse

  • Amy

    Hi. I am 39 and have alcoholic neuropathy in my feet. I am an alcoholic and in recovery and am seven months sober. It is such a blessing to not have to wake up every morning and start drinking. I went through two rehabs and they did not work. AA and Antibuse is what did it for me! The pain and tingling started in my mid calf and worked its way down to my feet and toes. My doctor recommended that I add a high potency B complex to my vitamin regimen. I have noticed a huge improvement and it’s only been a month! I have every hope that the alcoholic neuropathy will completely dissipate.

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  • Jen

    My husband has numb feet and fingers (now the side of his hands). He has been a functioning alcoholic for about 6 years. He does not have any pain at all. I know he also has vitamin deficiencies due to malabsorption issues for weight loss surgery. Is it possible to have peripheral neuropathy from alcohol and not be in any pain? His feet and fingers are just dead which makes walking and using his hands very difficult. Can this get better if he stops drinking? He is getting B12 shots now. He has cut back drinking but still doing a magnum of wine every day.

  • Lorraine

    My son woke up Sunday morning unable to move his hands. We went to ER, trying to find out why. My daughter went on line and what we feel is alcoholic neuropathy from a binge he went on Saturday with his friends.

    I try to talk with him, but he feels he is not an alcoholic because he only drinks after he gets home from work. I am so scared I am going to lose him. We, as in our family, are going to do all we can to make him understand what his future will be if he does not stop drinking. I am hoping your paper will help and will download it if its sent to me. I just need someone to talk too who understands what is going on. Thank you for letting me vent.

  • Nick

    Hi Dr Neill,

    First of all I’d like to say what a great article! This was great for me to discover and now am starting to realize that this may well be my problem after countless visits to the G.P. complaining of my discomfort… – so many of the factors laid out fit the bill to my health concerns in regards to irregular heartbeats, profuse sweating, confusion, numbness of the extremities and leg muscle cramping/wastage… – I have battled alcohol and addiction for over two decades (started at 13, now 34) and in the last 8 years have had four in-patient stays (4-6 weeks a time) in D&A rehabilitation combined with a revolving door of A.A meetings.

    A good rehab does give you the basic knowledge to attack the problem, but I found that they also seem to lean heavily towards the medication side, which for me is just a way of masking the problem and also blurs the lines so to speak… (I know to avoid seizures the first 4-5 days are critical with diazepam/valium, but this long-term anti-psychotic stuff like seroquel, zyprexa, largactil, clonidine, epilium, ect appear to just make the problem worse!)- I have to admit even though I’m not comfortable with it, (hence my continue failure to fight this battle).

    I’ve finally come to realize that A.A really is the only savior to such a deep seeded disease and to succeed you really have to work the program by attending as often as possible, preferably every day… – my gripe is the Al-Anon structure in relation to the negative spin it feeds to family members about ‘getting away’ or ‘running’ – I lost a wonderful ex-partner over this, which I know is partly my own stupid fault for continuing to drink/drug and unfortunately I now deal with a current partner who is an alcoholic too so I’ve seen both sides but my point is the fact that it is a ‘disease’ – we who suffer don’t like it, know it’s wrong but find it really hard to control it. If I had a partner or child with a diagnosed mental illness for instance I would try my best to always support, help and love them, I certainly wouldn’t be going to a support group that told me to just leave them!

    If we’re in a war we don’t leave our wounded mates behind, we carry them home with us… – If there’s domestic violence involved or total emotional/financial carnage then yes I totally agree, run for your life cause nobody deserves that, but seriously a lot of us are still highly functioning decent people who can’t help the fact we are quietly destroying ourselves… the saddest fact is until your actually an alcoholic who has walked a mile in those shoes it’s impossible to understand.

    Anyways, anybody out there suffering I highly recommend Alcoholics Anonymous, – if anything is going to save your life from this terrible curse this wonderful non-profit organization of recovering like-minded people will be your saving grace. Google it, there’s daily meetings all over the world… – one day at a time, just keep coming back!.. God Bless you all…

  • Jh

    I have been diagnosing myself with everything online. How could I explain how a 28 year old female could be having memory loss, confusion, vertigo, numbness, tingling, and a frightening amount of bruises? The docs never knew, must be anxiety and migraine. Lately my huge swelling feet and ankles, almost loss of consciousness, pain shooting through my arms and hands only made them think I was loosing it. Finally, I have been getting multiple episodes of the claw hand. It is fist tight and becoming increasingly more painful. My whole day is spend trying to prevent another snap shut now. Well like I knew in the back of my head all along…. I drink far far far too much. And it’s letting me know like I am twice my age.

  • andrew russell

    Hello there, Dr. Neill , my name is, Andrew. I am 24 from Glasgow, Scotland and I am an alcoholic, 16 months into recovery. I Have had a constant headache/migraine and chest and arm pains for 6 years and the docs fear it could be permanent polyneuropathy. The headache makes it so hard to do anything that it is debilitating and seems to be getting worse. Please email me back if u can as I’m desperate to cure/ease the pain . I have been offered jobs and just can’t take them . I’m lucky to be alive with what happened to me but I am not having a life with this extreme pain every second of the day. Thanks

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  • debra desch

    Dear Dr. Neill,

    I have been searching and searching for answers. I am 57 and my husband is almost 60. We have been married for 5 years.

    I have been searching for answers as to the progression of body disease from chronic alcoholism and have only been able to find being fatigued, weight loss, muscle atrophy, impotence, etc. I am concerned for my husband, but also for myself and what I am facing.

    Do you have information which might point toward the more subtle signs of alcohol damage? I have tried to talk with my husband about his diarrhea and tingling and numbness in his hands and feet. The belching and heartburn could indicate issues his body is having from his drinking, and of course, something else is the cause.

    Is there data that I could present to him that could support my concern that these symptoms are alcohol related?

    Some say to leave my “functioning” alcoholic, but unfortunately I put myself in a poor place by marrying the man. I Once owned my own home and held a decent paying job. Now I live in isolation, in a state that is not my home and totally dependent on what he provides (home, food, life insurance, etc.)

    I have been applying for work, but unfortunately there hasn’t been a single reply. It is tough for young college educated people to find jobs these days, really tough for me.

    If the info doesn’t help him to come out of denial, it could help me to know what I am facing. I hope you can help me.

    Thus far, his blood tests are that he is on the verge of diabetes, although his AST/ALT levels are in normal range….the ratio is ALT22 AST36. and his iron serum is at 188. His MCV is 98 and MCH 33.3.

    He thinks his tests show that he is healthy. I am fearful…I love this man, but I also have to look out for myself

  • Betty Jo VanDyke

    I do not drink that often and when I do, I do consume more than I should. After I wake up in the morning, my hand and feet and calves are numb and I hands clench my hands together all day and it hurts. I was just wondering, is this a neurological problem? I have diabetes and alcoholism in my family and it is hard for me not to drink once in a while, because I just want to.

  • Mary

    Dr., I was drinking around 10 beers a night for about a year. One day I woke up and decided to quit drinking. I have been sober 3 months but I have been experiencing heel cramps and tingling in my legs and arms/ hands!! Please help! Do I need to see a doctor

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