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Making Sense Of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is the designation used to describe diseases of the peripheral nerves. Despite over 20 million people in the USA suffer with peripheral neuropathy, information is hard to obtain. Roughly 50% of diabetics will develop the disorder. Many people using statin medications can be affected by this under-recognized disease.

Understanding Neuropathy

Neuropathy denotes “disorder or abnormality of the nervous system” which is not a very informative definition. We need to consider neuropathy as any AFFLICTION to the nervous system. Carpal Tunnel disorder, herniated spinal discs and strokes are all damage to different parts of the nervous system, all with different signs and symptoms. Diabetes is a systemic disease that has an effect on 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.

Peripheral Nerve Cells

The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerves that spread out of the spinal cord to all parts of the body.

Peripheral nerve cells have 3 main parts: Cell body, axons, and dendrites (nerve/muscle junction ). Any part of the nerve may be affected, but damage to axons is most common. The axon transmits signals out of the nerve cell to muscles and other parts of the body. Most axons are surrounded by a chemical call myelin, which facilitates signal transmission.

Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms

There are two forms of indicators with peripheral neuropathy: 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; loss of reflexes, loss of stamina, loss of sensation like numbness. However, these are not usually detectable to the patient, given that the brain makes up the difference in the losses. Only after some time do the sick and damaged nerves produce the positive signs of neuropathy; tingling, burning, stabbing, shooting pains. This too is a reaction of the brain and the nervous system, often times though this over reaction tears apart the fiber of the individuals lives.

Each patient will describe their pain in their own personal language of ‘pain’. This can very easily confuse a doctor not educated in the recognition and treatment method of these individuals. So the patient typically continues to suffer, going from doctor to doctor, to stronger and stronger doses of medications till they are either entirely drugged up and ‘out of it’, or lost in their own world of anguish.

Some neuropathies start suddenly, others over years. Some individuals are affected solely by a weakness in the arms and legs which leads to challenge standing, walking, or getting out of a chair. The loss of sensation from the feet, ankles and toes adds to patients not having a good sense of where there feet reside in space and this causes them to fall very easily. These under-recognized sensory reductions can only be spotted with a proper clinical exam. Our center has the needed tools to uncover the underlying reason for this ‘silent’ nerve damage.

Some individuals will eventually become unable to walk whatsoever. Others begin with a tingling, pin pricking feeling that becomes 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 ever disappears. In reality, once started IT ONLY BECOMES WORSE!!

At the moment, ordinary medicine has no cure for peripheral neuropathy. The extremely powerful drugs dispensed to patients do NOT TREAT the NERVE DAMAGE! They numb the brain to reduce the pain. Most patients can not tolerate a drugged existence but think they have NO OTHER OPTION against this horrifying pain.

Tired Of Playing Games With Doctors?

Are you fed up of running from doctor to doctor only to play “Russian Roulette” with different drugs for your condition? “Here try this drug, that didn’t work? Try this one!”

Are you tired of taking drugs that don’t solve the problem? Do you continue to struggle with burning, tingling, numbness, coldness and pain in your feet and arms?

I am here to tell you that there is HOPE!

Contact Boston Neuropathy Center at 781-235-7391 to Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation!