Are you suffering with numbness, pain, burning, or tingling in the feet or hands? Are you tired of taking drugs that do nothing to resolve the issue?
Peripheral Neuropathy, (PN) is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves.
Information on PN is very hard to come by, even though there are more than 20 million sufferers in the United States. Many patients using statin pills (also known as ‘cholesterol drugs’) will be affected by this under-recognized, mysterious problem; and at least 50% of diabetics will develop this condition.
The definition of Neuropathy is ‘abnormality or disease of the nervous system’, which doesn’t really explain much at all. Neuropathy should really be considered as any damage to the nervous system.
Herniated Discs, Strokes and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome all cause damage to various areas of the nervous system, and all have different symptoms.
Diabetes is a systemic disease, affecting the body’s nerves – from the eyes, brain, heart, and small nerves of the digestive system, to the nerves in the feet, hands and legs.
The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves that branch out from the spinal cord to all parts of the body.
Peripheral nerve cells have three main parts: Cell body, axons, and dendrites (nerve/muscle junction). And part of the nerve can be affected, but damage to axons is most common.
The axon transmits signals from 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, which come first, are when damage to the nervous system, obviously, 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 difference 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 pain in their own individual language of ‘pain’. This can easily confuse a doctor not trained in the recognition and treatment of these patients.
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 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 there feet are in space, touching the ground, and this causes them to fall very easily. These under-recognized sensory losses CAN ONLY be detected with 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, traditional 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 cannot tolerate a drugged existence but feel the have NO OTHER OPTION against this horrifying pain.
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Tired Of Playing Games With Doctors?
Are you tired of running from doctor to doctor only to play “Russian Roulette” with different medications for your condition? “Here try this drug, that didn’t work? Try this one!”
Are you tired of taking drugs that don’t fix the problem? Do you continue to struggle with burning, tingling, numbness, coldness and pain in your feet and/or arms? I am here to tell you that there is NEW HOPE!
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help you (or someone you know), give us a call at 561-752-4646 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for our peripheral neuropathy recovery program.