PN Fact and Fiction
Americans have it. Peripheral neuropathy or "nerve damage" disrupts the body's ability to communicate with its muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. It is like the body's electrical wiring system breaking down, causing numbness, pain, weakness and poor coordination. There is a problem with the nerves that carry information to and from the brain and spinal nerves.
This can produce pain, loss of sensation and inability to control muscles.
- "Peripheral" means further out from the center of the body. Distant from Brain and Spinal Cord.
- "Neuro" means nerves
- "Pathy" means abnormal
- Prickling / Tingling Feelings
- Burning Feet
- Sharp Electric Pain
- Pain When Walking
- Difficulty Sleeping From Leg Discomfort
The symptoms depend on which type of nerve is affected. The three main types of nerves are:
Those that carry sensations (sensory)
Those that control muscles (motor)
Those that carry information to organs and glands (autonomic)
Damage to sensory fibers results in changes in sensation, burning sensations, nerve pain , tingling or numbness, or an inability to determine joint position, which causes in-coordination. For many neuropathies, sensation changes often begin in the feet and progress toward the center of the body with involvement of other areas as the condition worsens. Diabetes is a common cause for sensory neuropathy.
Damage to the motor fibers interferes with muscle control and can cause weakness, loss of muscle bulk, and loss of dexterity. Sometimes, cramps are a sign of motor nerve involvement. Other muscle-related symptoms include the following:
Loss of muscle tissue (muscle atrophy)
Lack of dexterity (such as being unable to button a shirt)
Lack of muscle control
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Difficulty or inability to move a part of the body (paralysis)
Falling (from legs buckling or tripping over toes)
Muscle twitching or cramping
The autonomic nerves control involuntary or semi-voluntary functions, such as control of internal organs and blood pressure.
Damage to autonomic nerves can cause:
- Dizziness that occurs when standing up or fainting associated with a fall in blood pressure
- Blurred vision
- Abdominal bloating
- Decreased ability to sweat
- Difficulty beginning to urinate (urinary hesitancy)
- Heat intolerance with exertion
- Feeling full after eating a small amount (early satiety)
- Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying
- Male impotence
- Nausea or vomiting after meals
- Unintentional weight loss (more than 5% of body weight)
Causes of Neuropathy:
- Bulging Discs/Herniated Discs
- Diabetes Type 1 Type 2
- Damaged back yrs/decades ago-leads to scar tissue
- Spinal Stenosis
- Statin Drugs
- Poor Diet
- Genetics/ Lifestyle (80% life style/20% genes)
Have you suffered with for a few months, a few years, or too many years to mention? Some may suffer only minor symptoms, while others (perhaps you or a loved one) feel the debilitating effects of Peripheral Neuropathy and are kept from participating in their life, making even simple daily activities almost impossible.
Throughout my years in practice I have tried the full range of therapies and treatments available to me, with minimal improvement. I knew there had to be more, a method of treatment that could help them (and you!). I began searching to find the answer.. and then.. I found it. The answer to helping most Peripheral Neuropathy symptoms. Metabolic Therapy combined with specific neurological treatments.
Is It Really That Simple?
Yes, for most people the answer is really that simple: Metabolic evaluations and treatments combined with specific neurological treatments.
How Does This Work?
You are most likely starting to wonder "What is the treatment going to be like?". I can tell you from personal experience and from watching patients undergo the treatments, that they are beneficial and enjoyable.
Treatments can include the Rebuilder®, Vibration Therapy, gentle Neurologic Adjustments , Balance Therapy, Advanced muscle retraining, along with other protocols. These techniques coupled with a full neurological nutritional and metabolic workup have enabled us to help most of our patients to get rid of their chronic symptoms no matter how long they have been experiencing them.
Imagine how different your life would be if you were free from the burdens that your Peripheral Neuropathy causes you.
If you would like to have more information on our unique and innovative treatment protocol, or to set up a consultation to determine if you're a candidate, give us a call at 561-752-4646.