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HomeBlogHave Neuropathy? Possible Causes and Treatments: Part One

neuropathy imageIf you have neuropathy, it can be devastating — symptoms often include tingling, pain, poor sensation, and unsteadiness on your feet. It’s hard sometimes to figure out why symptoms are happening and whether there is any way to help treat it.

Biohackr is here to help with that. There are many blood tests and diagnostic testing we perform (we collect the blood at our Biohackr clinic in Palo Alto or SF, and we send it to the lab; therefore, there’s no waiting in waiting rooms for lab draws elsewhere).

Why test? There are some issues which are TREATABLE. Do you have anemia? A deficiency in Vitamin B12? Thyroid issues? Blood sugar issues? These are all blood tests we perform. There are other diagnostic tests which we do not complete yet, which look for metals, inflammatory markers, and autoimmune markers.

Common blood tests we do, and the results:

  • Complete Blood Count, also known as a CBC. This looks at your blood cells. If the results are abnormal, it may indicate Vitamin B12 deficiency, anemia, or blood cancer.
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel. If you have high blood sugar or HbA1C, this can indicate pre-diabetes or diabetes. Diabetes is the MOST COMMON CAUSE of small fiber, and other types of neuropathies. This should be measured after fasting overnight.
  • Thyroid Function tests. This measures your thyroid levels, which — if too high or too low — can be associated with peripheral neuropathy.
  • Vitamin Level Testing. B12 deficiency can cause neuropathy and weakness. B6 levels, if too high, can cause neuropathy. Thiamine deficiency causes weakness.

See our Biohackr Basic Panel and our Micronutrient level panels to test. If you find something, then you tailor your treatment. Address anemia, insulin resistance and diabetes, thyroid issues (done by your MD), and vitamins (which can be done by supplements or IVs in our clinic).

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