Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Even though 10 to 20 million people in the US suffer with PN, information is hard to come by.  We have great success treating Peripheral Neuropathy when others can’t.  This web page will allow you to understand why that is.  If you truly want to get better, you have found the right place.

Perhaps one of the most important things I have learned in treating Peripheral Neuropathy is this: there is almost always a deeper cause.  Your nerves don’t just stop working properly for no good reason.  Many of you, when diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy probably said, “great, now what do we do about it?”  For some, the response was probably a shoulder shrug, at best.  The reality is, not many doctors know how to treat neuropathy.  We do!

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 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 brings about a loss of a particular function, such as the loss of reflexes, loss of strength, or 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 overreaction tears apart the fiber of the patients’ lives.

Each patient will describe the 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 to 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 in space, touching the ground. 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.

There are a few key points I want to make.  In my experience, approximately 60% of neuropathy sufferers have a known cause such as Diabetes, Chemotherapy-Induced Neuropathy, Statin Medication use, etc.  The remaining percentage have no known cause.  Of this group without a diagnosed cause, I find many of them have an auto-immune condition, whether diagnosed yet or not.  The immune system will attack the myelin that surrounds the nerves and neuropathy ensues.

There are 2 parts to treating neuropathy in our clinic.  The first involves treating it internally, and the second, externally.  Internal treatment entails correcting the cause.  As an example, if you have Diabetes causing your neuropathy, we need to work diligently to reverse this dreaded disease.  Very simply, increased glucose levels over time cause the vessels that supply the nerves to become constricted or narrowed.  High glucose levels also may cause an immune attack against the myelin that surrounds the nerves.  If we want to stop the neuropathy, we MUST control the Diabetes internally.  This is just one example of the first phase of treatment.

The second part of this treatment emphasizes the external.  When the doctors tell you that your nerves are damaged, what does that actually mean?  That may be true to some degree, but damaged does mean irrepairable.  Here’s a good analogy:  If you stop watering a plant for 2 weeks, the plant will dry and wilt and look “damaged.”  If you start watering the plant again, some tissues are too far gone to come back, but many regain their original form, even though they were damaged without the water.  Plants need water!!  In the case of your nerves, they need proper stimulation.  Proper frequency, duration, and timing of stimulation. You see, sensory nerves work by receptor-driven responses.  The more you stimulate the receptor, the more the nerve will fire.  This concept is in every physiology and neurology textbook I have ever read.  Our external treatments involve stimulating the small and large afferent sensory nerve fibers of the sensory nerves.

In addition to these treatments, we routinely prescribe a strengthening program, balance program, and countless nutrition consults.  Many of our neuropathy patients have developed balance disorders.  So, safety, among other issues, is a major concern of mine for these patients.

Please read the following carefully, as it will save you an incredible amount of TIME, ENERGY, and MONEY.  Just using lasers, tens units, or other commonly used modalities will have very little long-term effect on your neuropathy.  Sure, they can help for a couple of weeks or so, but that is about all.  In order to treat neuropathy, and recieve excellent long-term results, YOU MUST TREAT THIS CONDITION BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY.  You cannot significantly change neuropathy without correcting the reason it is there.  Whether that reason is diabetes, auto-immune conditions, statin medications or any of these causes (diagnosed or not yet diagnosed) it must be dealt with. This, along with proper stimulation, is the most advanced treatment on the planet today and is the overwhelming reason we get such good results!

For more information, including a free DVD explaining this treatment, or to find out if you qualify for our program call Janelle @ 714 241-9355.