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Interpreting Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is the condition used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Despite the fact that over 20 million people in the United States experience peripheral neuropathy, information is hard to come by. As many as fifty percent of diabetics will acquire the disorder. Lots of individuals using statin medications will be affected by this mysterious and under-recognized ailment.

Understanding Neuropathy

Neuropathy signifies “illness or irregularity of the nervous system” which is not a really useful definition. We need to think about neuropathy as any DAMAGE to the nervous system. Carpal Tunnel disorder, Herniated discs and Strokes are all damage to different areas of the nervous system, all with different indications. 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 to the nerves in the hands and legs.

Peripheral Nerve Cells

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

Peripheral nerve cells have 3 main elements: Cell body, axons, and dendrites (nerve/muscle junction ). Any portion of the nerve can be affected, but damage to axons is most common. The axon transmits signals from the nerve cell to muscles and other parts of the body. Most axons are covered by a substance called myelin, which helps in signal transmission.

Peripheral Neuropathy Indicators

There are two types of signs with peripheral neuropathy: negative and positive. Negative indicators, which come first, are when damage to the nervous system, obviously, brings about a LOSS of a particular function. Such as: loss of reflexes, loss of stamina, loss of sensation like numbness. However, these are hardly ever noticeable to the patient because the brain makes up the difference in the declines. Only after some time do the sick and damaged nerves produce the positive signs of neuropathy: tingling, burning, piercing, shooting pains. This too is a reaction of the brain and the nervous system, regrettably this overreaction tears apart the fiber of the patient’s lives.

Each individual will explain their pain in their own personal language of ‘pain’. This can easily confuse a doctor not qualified in the recognition and treatment options of these individuals. So the patient commonly continues to suffer, going from doctor to doctor, to stronger and stronger doses of pills until they are either entirely drugged up and ‘out of it’, or lost in their own world of suffering.

Some neuropathies show up suddenly, others over several years. Some people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and legs which leads to difficulty standing, walking, or getting up from a chair. The loss of sensation from the feet, ankles and toes contributes to patients not having a good sense of where their feet reside in space and that causes them to fall very easily. These under-recognized sensory reductions can only be discovered with a proper professional assessment. Our center has the needed tools to reveal the underlying reason for this ‘silent’ nerve damage.

Some individuals will eventually become not able to walk at all. Others start off with a tingling, pin pricking feeling that converts into deep sharp stabbing pains and burning electric shocks. These devastating problems can also be at their worst in the evening while trying to get to sleep, because the PAIN never ever goes away. In fact, once started IT ONLY BECOMES WORSE!!

At present, ordinary medicine has no cure for peripheral neuropathy. The incredibly powerful drugs distributed to patients do NOT TREAT the NERVE DAMAGE! They numb the brain to reduce the pain. Most patients cannot put up with a drugged life but believe they have NO OTHER OPTION in fighting this terrible pain.

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