Do you suffer from pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the hands or feet?
Have your treatments produced no relief or tangible improvements?
Were you told to just live with the pain?
Tired of taking drugs that don’t fix the problem?
Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Over 20 million people in the US suffer with PN, yet information remains difficult, if not impossible, to find.
Approximately 50% of diabetics will develop this condition. Many people using statin pills or ‘cholesterol drugs’ will be affected by this mysterious and under-recognized malady.
Neuropathy means “disease or abnormality of the nervous system”. The definition itself is not helpful, leaving out a few major descriptors.
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). While any part of the nerve can be affected, damage to axons is the most common occurrence. The axon transmits signals from nerve cells or nerve cell to muscle. Most axons are surrounded by a substance call myelin, which facilitates signal transmission.
Two types of symptoms with PN exist; negative and positive.
Negative signs emerge first and occur 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.
Unfortunately, these negative signs are rarely detectable to the patient because the brain makes up the difference in the losses. As time passes, the sick and damaged nerves develop the positive signs of neuropathy; tingling, burning, biting, stabbing, shooting pains.
Positive signs of PN are a reaction of the brain and the nervous system and 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’. Such language will easily confuse a doctor not trained in the recognition and treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy patients. Thus the patient continues to suffer– bouncing around to multiple doctors and receiving stronger doses of pills. Sadly, the patient finds themselves completely drugged up and ‘out of it’ or lost in their own world of suffering.
While some neuropathies come on suddenly, others may take years to surface. Some people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and legs, leading 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 or touching the ground making them susceptible to frequent falls.
Such under-recognized sensory losses can only be detected with proper clinical exam. We have the necessary tools to uncover the underlying cause of this ‘silent’ nerve damage.
Some patients eventually lose the ability to walk. Others start with a tingling, pin-prick 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, the pain only intensifies.
Currently, traditional medicine has no cure for PN. The extremely powerful drugs dispensed to patients do not treat the nerve damage! These pills numb the brain to numb the pain. Most patients cannot tolerate a drugged existence but feel a lack of options when faced with such a horrifying pain.
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?
- 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?
We are here to help you find relief!
Please visit our New Patients page and see how we can help you (or someone you know), give us a call at (573) 769-2400 to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for our peripheral neuropathy recovery program.