Are you “living” with pain, numbness or burning in your hands and feet?
Yes? Let me guess– you were given drugs to try and fix the problem or simply told to live with it, right?
Sorry, that’s not living– is it?
Let me first share with you that is there is no cure for peripheral neuropathy. Sure, medications exist, but what are they actually doing?
Those drugs are just numbing your brain to not feel the damage “as much”. And for those of you suffering from this horrible condition, you might settle for not feeling the pain “as much” or allowing a medical doctor to try out many of these damaging medicines until one “works”.
There’s a NEW HOPE! Let’s start at the beginning…
Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Even though over 20 million people in the US suffer with PN, information is hard to come by.
Here’s some feedback from clients who have found relief by working with us.
Approximately 50% of diabetics will develop the condition.
Many people using statin pills: ‘cholesterol drugs’ will be affected by this mysterious and under-recognized malady.
Neuropathy means “disease or abnormality of the nervous system” which is not a very helpful definition. 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.
Some diabetics also suffer from PN. 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. Metabolic imbalances can also be the cause of peripheral neuropathy.
Signs of 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.
Over an extended period of time, the sick and damaged nerves develop the positive signs of neuropathy; tingling , burning, biting, stabbing, shooting pains. This is also 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 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!!
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. At our office we have these necessary tools that will uncover the underlying cause of this silent nerve damage.
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 (804) 740-7105 to schedule an appointment or fill out the form below to see if you are a candidate for our peripheral neuropathy recovery program.