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I have lymphedema in arm with ulnar nerve issues. I also

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I have lymphedema in arm with ulnar nerve issues. I also have MTHFR. I'm wondering about B12 and B6 deficiencies contributing to the nerve problem. I also have Hashimoto's treated with Naturethroid. I'm not finding a physician who can help me with making my nerve healthy again.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  khagihara replied 8 months ago.

How tall are you? How much do you weigh? What is the ulnar nerve issues? What are your symptoms? Any other medical problems? Any surgeries? Any medications including over-the-counter pills and herbs? Any family medical history? What tests did you have?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
5'41/2" 147#. Last 4 months ulnar nerve irritated from tip of little finger to upper arm. Emg test and nerve conduction test confirmed irritation. No entrapment. Nerve no major damage. Some loss of muscle in hand. Very painful hand. Zings all up and down arm. Hashimoto's with difficulty in getting thyroid dose correct. Recent test showed needed to increase dosage. Mthfr gene mutation affecting B vitamin absorption. I take protein supplement with b6 and b12 in absorbable form. Breast cancer surgery 12 years ago. A year ago lymphadema started prior to ulnar nerve problem. This arm suffers from mastectomy damage of lymph nodes, radiation damage causing cording and scaring affecting range of motion. Chemo also probably caused damage.
Meds - naturthroid for Hashimoto's
Metoprolol for BP
Protandim for antioxidant
Recently added herbs to help
With Lymphedema Butchers
. Bloom, Bosweilia
Occasionally use some
Essential oils on arm
Which help lymphedema.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Need to sleep now. Concern is how to treat ulnar nerve for healing. Realized Hashimoto's, mthfr gene mutation, complications with cancer treatments could effect it. Don't know where to concentrate. Working group with excellent Occupational Therapist and Physical Therapist. Only seems to get worse. Also have sciatica nerve issue now. Maybe nerve issue more pervasive than local?
Expert:  khagihara replied 8 months ago.

At first you should take synthroid instead of Naturethroid which can't control thyroid easily because it contains two thyroid hormones. Since you take B6 and B12, it doesn't affect the nerve problem. What stage is your lymphedema on a scale of stage 0 to stage lll?