Neuropathy, what is the answer?
- Neuropathy has over 100 causes.
- Neuropathy can be debilitating and lead to gangrene, infections, and even amputation.
- More than 20 million people in the US alone suffer from peripheral neuropathy.
- Neuropathy does not have to control your life. Getting to the cause of your neuropathy is the starting point that allows you to stop it in its tracks and start the healing process naturally without drugs or surgery.
Peripheral neuropathy affects and damages the peripheral nervous system. Over 20 million people are suffering in the U.S. alone. The peripheral nervous system refers to the vast and intricate nerves that are outside of the brain and spinal cord which comprises the central nervous system. The types of nerves that can be affected when the peripheral nervous system is damaged are your motor nerves, sensory nerves, and autonomic nerves. Damage to these nerves that leads to peripheral neuropathy can be caused by over 100 different causes. These include things like chemotherapy, diabetes, medications direct trauma, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune disorders, and kidney and liver disorders.
Peripheral neuropathy and its effects.
Just as there are many causes of peripheral neuropathy, there are also many ways it can present in people as well. Depending on what part of the body is affected (i.e. hands, feet, etc.) by the neuropathy changes the signs and symptoms experienced. If our motor nerves are affected, which are the nerves that allow us to move, we can expect to see things such as muscle weakness, cramps, muscle atrophy (muscle shrinking), twitching, and even loss of function. If the large sensory fibers of our sensory nerves are damaged, we can expect to see issues with our ability to touch and feel things. This can be a major issue as it can cause difficulty driving and even doing mundane daily tasks. We can also see issues with our ability to sense the position of our hands/feet in space which can create difficulties in coordinating complex movements such as walking, going up/downstairs, driving, maintaining balance, and zipping zippers. If the small fibers of the sensory nerves are affected, then our ability to feel pain and temperature will be altered. This can lead to both increased or decreased sensations of pain and temperature. Things that typically do not cause pain, like walking or putting on socks, can end up causing excruciating pain and vice versa. We can also see that things that would normally elicit or cause pain no longer do. This can lead to injuries or sores going unnoticed leading to them getting worse and creating more complex issues such as infections or gangrene.
It is time to try something new.
Peripheral neuropathy can be an absolutely nasty disease. It can lead to medications that need to be taken for life, altered activities of daily living, and if not managed correctly, it can lead to serious infections, gangrene, or even amputation. This does not have to be the case for you though. Our team of highly trained doctors can provide you another option to stop your neuropathy from progressing, and start to heal and reverse it altogether. Many of our patients that come to us for neuropathy are feeling hopeless and like they have exhausted all of their options and resources, but let us provide you with another opportunity, let us provide you with hope. We can provide you with a detailed exam to see exactly what we can do to help you. Due to our thorough testing and our intricate and effective treatments we have a 70-100% success rate depending on the severity of your neuropathy. Our team is excited to see how we can help you with your neuropathy. To schedule an exam or to register for one of our neuropathy webinars, contact us at https://www.abundantlifechiropractor.com/neuropathy/