Hi, Dr. Teitelbaum,
I'm a fine artist (oil painter) who has suffered from neuropathy in my extremities for about 3 years. Within the last 3 months I've also begun to notice some cognitive impairment, and it appears to be getting worse. I'm only 57, and this is a bit concerning to say the least.
I've been detoxing for some time now, and the neuropathy began to get better, but now it's returning along with the memory issues. I don't have insurance now. Is there any lab test I can take that would help determine my condition?
Also are there any tests online I can take to get a better handle on the level of my impairment?
The evaluation should be done by a physician who can examine you. Even a few simple lab tests (to screen for diabetes, low thyroid, and low vitamin B12) can pick up the key items. If they do not have to submit to insurance, many labs will cut the price of the labs in half if you pay when they draw the labs, but you have to ask and get them to agree BEFORE you agree to have the tests drawn.
See chapter 8 in my book Pain Free 1-2-3 for more information on treating neuropathy.
Hope this is helpful.
Love and Blessings,
Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.