Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves.
Even though an estimated 20 million people in the US suffer with PN, information is hard to come by. Approximately 50% of diabetics will develop the condition. Many people using statin pills: ‘cholesterol drugs’ will be affected by this mysterious and under-recognized malady.
About Peripheral Neuropathy
Neuropathy means “disease or abnormality of the nervous system” which is not a very helpful definition. We need to think of neuropathy as any DAMAGE to the nervous system.
Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Herniated Discs and Strokes are all insults to different areas of the nervous system, all with different symptoms. Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects all nerves of the body from the brain, eyes and small nerves of the heart and digestive system, to the nerves in the hands, feet, and legs.
The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerves that branch out of the spinal cord to all parts of the body.
Peripheral nerve cells have three main parts: Cell body, axons, and dendrites (nerve/muscle junction). Any part of the nerve can be affected, but damage to axons is most common. The axon transmits signals from nerve cell to nerve cell or nerve cell to muscle. Most axons are surrounded by a substance call myelin, which facilitates signal transmission.
There are two types of symptoms with PN; negative and positive.
Negative signs appear first when damage to the nervous system brings about a LOSS of a particular function. For example; loss of reflexes, loss of strength, loss of sensation like numbness. But these are rarely detectable to the patient, because the brain makes up the different in the losses. Only after some time do the sick and damaged nerves develop the positive signs of neuropathy; tingling , burning, biting, stabbing, shooting pains. This too is a reaction of the brain and the nervous system, unfortunately this over reaction tears apart the fiber of the patients’ lives.
Each patient will describe their symptoms in their own individual language of ‘pain’. This can easily confuse a doctor not trained in the recognition and treatment of these symptoms. So the patient usually continues at suffer, going from doctor to doctor, to stronger and stronger doses of pills until they are either completely drugged up and ‘out of it’, or lost in their own world of suffering.
Some neuropathies come on suddenly, others over many years.
Some people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and legs which leads to difficulty standing, walking, or getting out of a chair. The loss of sensation from the feet, ankles and toes contributes to patients not having a ‘good sense’ of where their feet are touching the ground, and this causes them to fall very easily. These under-recognized sensory losses CAN ONLY be detected with a proper clinical exam. This office has the necessary tools to uncover the underlying cause of this ‘silent’ nerve damage.
Some patients will eventually become unable to walk at all. Others start with a tingling, pin pricking feeling that turns into deep sharp stabbing pains and burning electric shocks. These debilitating problems can also be at their worst at night while trying to get to sleep, because the PAIN never goes away. In fact, once started it only gets worse.
Currently, ordinary medicine has NO cure for PN. The extremely powerful drugs dispensed to patients DO NOT TREAT the NERVE DAMAGE! They numb the brain to numb the pain. Most patients can not tolerate a drugged existence but feel they have NO OTHER OPTION against this horrifying pain.
People just like you, all over the globe, have discovered that their nerves can be rebuilt and full function restored. It does not matter what the cause of your painful peripheral neuropathy is: idiopathic, diabetic, alcoholic, toxic, or chemotherapy induced.
There are many different causes for peripheral neuropathy:
- Perhaps portions of your nerves were starved for oxygen, or they were squeezed by a nearby muscle or vertebrae in your spine.
- Perhaps there was too much sugar in your blood taking up the space for oxygen. Maybe you were exposed to a toxin like black mold, anesthesia drugs, or pesticides from a nearby farm.
- Your nerves may have responded by contracting (like a caterpillar rolling into a ball when you touch it). They reduced their length and volume to protect themselves, and the gaps between the nerves (synapse) got bigger. A normal sized nerve signal could no longer jump this gap. Like the gap on the spark plug in your car or lawn mower, if that gap gets too large, the spark cannot jump across.
- The myelin sheath that covers portions of your nerves like the plastic insulation on a wire could have been etched away by prescription drugs like statins to reduce cholesterol.
- Prescription drugs could have inhibited the tiny voltage regulated channels in your nerve cells that allow sodium and calcium to pass thru appropriately.
Whatever the cause your nerve impulses, both those sensory nerves going up to the brain and those motor nerves coming down from the brain are inhibited and cannot perform their functions. Your brain began to ignore the confusing incoming signals resulting in the sensation of numbness and tingling. With enough time, these inhibited signals finally let loose all at once causing shooting pains, burning sensations, and the feeling of pins and needles. Finally, you began to lose touch with where your feet were, in time and space, and began to stumble and fall. This process is progressive, and can eventually result in reduced mobility, injury, even amputation.
After a thorough consult and examination by a trained doctor, we evaluate your level of neuropathy and decide if you qualify for the type of programs we have available which have about 92% success rate.
We use a combination of specific electrotherapy (NOT a tens unit) for the nerves, specific light & laser therapy, condition specific supplement therapy, proper diet and nutritional programs, exercise and other therapies to help you regain better healthy nerves.
Ask yourself: “Am I getting better on my current therapy? Am I taking more and more drugs?”
Ask yourself: “If I don’t resolve this right now, where will I be in 5 years?”
What have you got to lose but your pain and numbness?