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Hello! I have idiopathic small-fiber sensory neuropathy that primarily affects my feet. I do not have any pain, just fasciculations and, lately, some weakness in my arms, particularly on the right side. My neurologist has previously given me the OK to run/train for races, which is great, but I'm interested in starting to lift weights again and was wondering if that's OK with my condition. My sense is that it is, but who knows. Neuropathy sucks.
I am so sorry you hve difficult issues to del with, but hang in there.
THere is No Reason, Not to do any exercises. Many times, a person feeling weak, is from NOT doing Regular exercises. Especially range of motion, and conditioning exercises, and start with small weight, e.g. 1lb, gradually increasing; but Not knowing the Extent of Your Neuropathy, any general medical condition (heart-lungs-kidney-liver-anemia, Electrolytes, diabetes, taking other medications, your weight, etc) may interfer with anyone exercising, and you should check with your Neurologist and combined with your general primary care doctor, come up with the plan, to best suit your health (neuropathy) and may need help from trainer. IT however does not make sense, if you have only Pure sensory Neuropathy, you should NOT have Fasciculations or Weakness of muscles, and should have proper check-evaluation, to find out and make sure there is no other cause for those TWO important ITEMS (WEAKNESS and Fasciculations). And if prior nerve conduction test performed long time ago, then consider new one, or see Expert In that Field (may be major university center). Other than that, proper diet, and hydration are important; time of the day-better keep fixed routine; duration of exercie-depends on your conditioning, tolerance and if any factor or issue I mentioned above. Hope you had full blood check, including muscle enzymes (CPK total and MM, Aldolase, LDH), CBC-chemistry-urine-ESR-ANA-TSH; EKG-if not done; EMG if Not done; other testing like MRI may also be needed-find if any family member have similar condition, etc. The Goal is to make sure you have proper diagnosis. Science has gone far and beyond our imagination and sky is the limit for properly diagnosing and treating.
Hope this helps you and wishing you best.