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Interpreting Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is the condition used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Despite over 20 million people in the USA experience peripheral neuropathy, information is hard to find. As many as fifty percent% of diabetics will develop the disorder. Many people using statin pills ‘cholesterol drugs ‘ may be affected by this not well recognized ailment.


Neuropathy denotes “disease or abnormality of the nervous system” which is not a quite informative definition. We need to think about neuropathy as any AFFLICTION to the nervous system. Carpal Tunnel disorder, Herniated discs and strokes are all injuries to different parts of the nervous system, all with different signs and symptoms. Diabetes is a systemic disease that impacts all nerves of the body from the brain, eyes and small nerves of the heart and digestive system, to the nerves in the hands, feet, and legs.

Peripheral Nerve Cells

The peripheral nervous system is composed of the nerves that radiate of the spinal cord to all the areas of the body.

Peripheral nerve cells have three main components: Cell body, axons, and dendrites ( ). Any portion of the nerve may 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 surrounded by a compound call myelin, which assists in signal transmission.

Peripheral Neuropathy Indicators

There are two kinds of signs with peripheral neuropathy: negative and positive. Negative indicators, which come first, are when damage to the nervous system, , brings about a DECLINE of a particular function. Such as; loss of reflexes, loss of strength, loss of sensitivity like numbness. But these are hardly ever detectable to the patient, because the brain makes up the difference in the losses. Only after time do the damaged nerves develop the positive indicators of neuropathy; tingling, burning, biting, stabbing, shooting pains. This too is a reaction of the brain and the nervous system, however this over reaction tears apart the fiber of the patients lives.

Each individual will explain their pain in their own individual language of ‘pain’. This can very easily lead astray a doctor not qualified in the recognition and treatment of these patients. So the individual commonly continues to suffer, going from doctor to doctor, to stronger and stronger doses of pills till they are either completely drugged up and ‘out of it’, or lost in their own world of pain.

Some neuropathies begin suddenly, others over several years. Some people are affected solely by a weakness in the arms and legs which leads to problems standing, walking, or getting out of a chair. The loss of sensation from the feet, ankles and toes adds to patients not having a good sense of where there feet are in space and this causes them to fall easily. These under-recognized sensory losses can only be spotted with a proper clinical examination. Our office has the needed tools to reveal the underlying reason for this ‘silent’ nerve damage.

Some patients will at some point become not able to walk at all. Others begin with a tingling, pin pricking feeling that develops into sharp stabbing pains and burning electric shocks. These incapacitating problems can also be at their worst in the evening while trying to get to sleep, because the PAIN never goes away. In fact, once started IT ONLY GETS WORSE!!

Presently, regular medicine has no cure for peripheral neuropathy. The exceptionally powerful drugs dispensed to patients do NOT DEAL WITH the NERVE DAMAGE! They numb the brain to reduce the pain. A large number of patients can not endure a drugged life but think they have NO OTHER OPTION for fighting this terrible pain.

Tired Of Playing Games With Doctors?

Are you tired of running from doctor to doctor only to play “Russian Roulette” with various prescription medications for your condition? “Here try this drug, that didn’t work? Try this!”

Are you tired of taking drugs that don’t fix the problem? Do you struggle with burning, tingling, numbness, coldness and pain in your feet or arms?

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