Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition describing damage to the nerves of the arms, hands, legs, and feet. When the nerves are damaged, different symptoms can occur including pain, burning, numbness, tingling, and cramping. If numbness occurs in the feet, then it becomes very difficult to maintain balance. If the numbness does not go away, it can lead to an individual requiring the use of a cane, walker, or a wheelchair. The common forms of traditional medical treatment for peripheral neuropathy include the medications gabapentin aka neurontin, pain killers, and lyrica. When these do not work, or they have lost their effectiveness, traditional medical care does not have much else to offer. Most people have no idea that there is now care available to reduce or stop their suffering.
My degree is in chiropractic but it’s my post graduate studies in chiropractic neurology, functional endocrinology, brain based therapies, and nutrition that allowed me to gain a greater understanding of how people with Peripheral Neuropathy could overcome their pain and suffering. A few years ago I had a woman under my care suffering with peripheral neuropathy. Initially I was unable to help her resolve her symptoms, however I promised her at that time that if she could allow me a few months of researching different evaluations and therapies, that I would in fact make a difference in her life. The evaluation that I used, along with the different testing procedures and therapies, has allowed me to not only change her life, but the lives of many others as well.
Not all neuropathies are the same. Understanding the different causes of neuropathy is helpful in stopping the person from doing any further damage to their nerves. The main causes to consider are: sugar imbalances and fluctuations (diabetes & pre-diabetes), having a bad back or neck (herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis), certain medications (cholesterol lowering & chemotherapy), and autoimmune or genetic reasons. Understanding the different causes can help to provide the necessary care. Other testing is required to determine what nutritional support may be required and what specific therapies are most likely to improve your symptoms in your hands, arms, legs, and feet. Whether you have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy, Diabetic Neuropathy, Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy, or any of the other types of Peripheral Neuropathy there is now hope! With proper testing and proper care many people are now able to go back to living the life they deserve.
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