What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. Neuropathy, as result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet.
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. Other conditions that can lead to peripheral neuropathy are Lyme disease, chronic liver or kidney disease, chemotherapy, infections and traumatic injuries. Sometimes peripheral neuropathy is "idiopathic" in which case the cause of the condition is unknown.
Signs and symptoms of neuropathy
Over time, the peripheral nerves become sick and damaged and can develop the following signs and symptoms:
· Gradual onset of numbness and tingling in your feet or hands, which may spread upward into your legs and arms
· Sharp, stabbing or burning pain
· Extreme sensitivity to touch
· Lack of balance that can lead to falling
· Muscle weakness or paralysis if motor nerves are affected
Some neuropathies come on suddenly, others over many years. Some people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and 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 their feet are in space, causing them to lose balance and fall very easily.
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 some sleep, because the pain never goes away. In fact, once started it only gets worse!!
These under-recognized sensory losses can only be detected with the proper clinical exam.
When to see a doctor
Seek medical care right away if you notice any of the symptoms listed above. Early diagnosis and treatment offer the best chance for controlling your symptoms and preventing further damage to your peripheral nerves.
Ordinary medicine has no cure for peripheral neuropathy at this time. The extremely powerful drugs dispensed to patients do not treat the nerve damage! They numb the brain to the pain. Most patients cannot tolerate a drugged existence but feel they have no other option against this horrifying pain.
Dr. Ken French, of Back in Motion in Naples Florida, has the necessary tools to uncover the underlying cause of this nerve damage and treat it. Dr. Ken French is able to address the symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy with a successful drug free, pain free and non-invasive approach. With the neuropathy treatment protocol performed at Back in Motion, patients no longer need to suffer with pain and other symptoms that have restricted their lives.
This ground breaking treatment has achieved a 90% overall satisfaction rate. The treatment identifies the cause and enables nerve endings to regenerate and heal rather than remain damaged. As the treatments repair the nerve endings, pain is reduced and patients regain balance and coordination.
To see if you are a candidate for this peripheral neuropathy protocol, call us at Back in Motion to set up an evaluation with Dr. Ken French. We can be reached at (239) 598-2244.
* Dr. Ken French is a Certified Neuropathy Professional Member of the Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America.