Peripheral Neuropathy

                                                                                                   Peripheral Neuropathy

                                                                                 Tingling, Burning, Or Numb Feet Or Hands

                                                         

                                                 To Schedule a no cost evaluation for Peripheral Neuropathy call 919-339-1362

 

 

We all know as we age we should pay more attention to our health as our bodies become more prone to aches and pains. Whether due to our daily tasks, arthritis, or an injury, we seek to find ways to prevent or alleviate them in an effort to maintain our independence and quality of life. However, there are some debilitating pains that can come to us regardless of age and leave many struggling to find relief. One in particular is a condition known as peripheral neuropathy, and it is prevalent in diabetes patients, but affects many others as well.

 

What is peripheral neuropathy and how do I know if I have it?

Peripheral neuropathy is often one of the diseases that is not well-understood. In a nutshell, it is a condition in which patients suffer from nerve damage. in the case of those with diabetes, the nerve damage is caused by chronically high blood sugar. As a matter of fact, it is the number one complication of diabetes. In those without diabetes, nerve damage can result from an accident or trauma, repetitive stress disorder, infection, kidney disorder, a side effect of medication, or a result from surgery. For others, it may be the result of an autoimmune disorder.

Those with peripheral neuropathy can experience it in a myriad of unpleasant ways. There can be feelings of numbness or loss of sensation; a burning or freezing sensation; or hypersensitivity. For others it can result in sharp, stabbing pains, and even some experience a feeling of bugs crawling under their skin. Neuropathy attacks the nerves and nerve function of the peripheral areas of the body, usually the feet followed by the hands. What initially starts as a harmless tingling can become a debilitating factor in the lifestyle of the patient. The feet become cold and numb causing the loss of balance. Simply standing more than a few minutes is almost impossible making the idea of waiting in line for the theatre, concert, or ball game torture. It is a terrible disorder that is hard to tolerate. People have difficulty concentrating on anything else and their sleep suffers as a result. And, as we all know, lack of proper sleep carries its own drawbacks and eventual health issues.

 

How do I treat the symptoms and stop the pain?

    Typical medical treatment for peripheral neuropathy fails to offer long-term relief and current treatments only address symptoms. Doctors treat neuropathy with several types of drugs, such as the anti-epileptics Lyrica and Neurontin and certain categories of antidepressants, such as older tricyclics like amitriptyline or the newer antidepressants like Cymbalta and Effexor. In addition, people can be prescribed addictive medications for pain and as sleep aids. Certain people may also be given steroids, which can have devastating long-term effects with prolonged use.

Many people cannot tolerate the side effects of these drugs or take high enough dosage for the drugs to be effective. Even for the people who are able to tolerate these medications, the drugs lose efficacy over time. People eventually require a higher and higher dosage to feel relief, and over time they reach the maximum safe dosage. After this point, the drugs no longer offer any help whatsoever.

Alternatively, physical therapists treat muscles and joints but not the nerves, while chiropractors correct spinal problems that put pressure on the nerves, but the corrections still don’t treat the actual nerve problems.

Sadly, with little offered in the way of an actual long-term solution, the discomfort from peripheral neuropathy can easily lead to depression and despair in many patients. There seems to be little help for the afflicted. However, there is a new drug-free non-invasive pain relief procedure, which involves a soothing low-level light therapy. This is clinically proven to reduce or eliminate neuropathic pain and inflammation by stimulating nerve functions – the root cause of neuropathy pain – and trigger growth of new small fiber nerves.

Low-level light therapy’s deep penetrating photonic energy reduces pain and inflammation. Each painless treatment draws water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area, creating an optimal healing environment. Light therapy offers the best in pain relief and expedited healing times, there are no known side effects and it has a great success rate. With this therapy, there is hope beyond drug and pain management. By treating the cause rather than the symptom, doctors can help to alleviate much of the discomfort. Patients who have benefitted from the low-light therapy are ecstatic with the results and are relieved they no longer have to just “live with the pain”, as many have been told for years.

If you or someone you now experience any of the symptoms described above – especially if you are diabetic – this new therapy could be a solution that was not available before. Talk to your doctor or see a specialist to discuss the benefits of this new treatment as an alternative to temporary drug treatments, physical therapy, or chiropractic adjustments.

                                                     To Schedule a no cost evaluation for Peripheral Neuropathy call 919-339-1362

Dr. Curtis McKay has practiced chiropractic medicine for over two decades and is a skeletal and neuromuscular expert. His main focus is on manipulation of the spine and extremities in order to remove pressure from sensitive nerves to relieve pain and also offers peripheral neuropathy treatment. Capital Physical Medicine is located at 4822 Six Forks Road In Raleigh, NC.

                                                      To Schedule a no cost evaluation for Peripheral Neuropathy call 919-339-1362

 

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