Beriberi

Symptoms of dry beriberi include:

•    Difficulty walking

•    Loss of feeling (sensation) in hands and feet

•    Loss of muscle function or paralysis of the lower legs

•    Mental confusion/speech difficulties

•    Pain

•    Strange eye movements (nystagmus)

•    Tingling

•    Vomiting

Symptoms of wet beriberi include:

•    Awakening at night short of breath

•    Increased heart rate

•    Shortness of breath with activity

•    Swelling of the lower legs

Exams and Tests

A physical examination may show signs of congestive heart failure, including:

•    Difficulty breathing with neck veins that stick out

•    Enlarged heart

•    Fluid in the lungs

•    Rapid heartbeat

•    Swelling in both lower legs

A person with late-stage beriberi may be confused or have memory loss and delusions. The person may be less able to sense vibrations.

A neurological exam may show signs of:

•    Changes in the walk

•    Coordination problems

•    Decreased reflexes

•    Drooping of the eyelids

Please note: we are not doctors. If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition, please consult your medical doctor for advice. We do, however, urge you to see a doctor who understands nutrition’s role in resolving this condition.