Are you suffering with Neuropathy?
Neuropathy is not a single disease- instead, it is a complication found in a number of different underlying medical conditions.
The term neuropathy is short for peripheral neuropathy, meaning nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system. Only nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord are involved, so peripheral neuropathy does not include nerve damage in the central nervous system.
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy - also known as peripheral neuropathy, polyneuropathy (affecting more than one nerve) or simplyput: “nerve pain” - is a complication found in a number of different underlying conditions. When the underlying cause has not been diagnosed, doctors call it idiopathic neuropathy.
Neuropathy means damage to nerves in the peripheral nervous system which affects nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord - it does notinclude nerve damage in the central nervous system.
Three main types of nerves can be involved in peripheral neuropathies:
• Autonomic nerves (not under
conscious control, "automatic"
or "involuntary" nerves)
• Motor nerves
• Sensory nerves.
Autonomic nerves regulate the automatic functions of the body - for example, heart rate and blood pressure, sweating, and so on. Motor nerves control the muscles of the body and are under our conscious control. And sensory nerves pass sensations from apart of the body to the brain, including information about cold, heat and pain.1
People often describe the pain of neuropathy as being a numbness, tingling or a burning sensation. They also often describe a loss of sensation similar to what it would be like wearing a thin stocking or glove.
What causes neuropathy?
Physical trauma, repetitive injury, infection, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins and some drugs can all induce peripheral neuropathy.
Many cases of neuropathy are found in people who have a metabolic disorder such as Type I orType II diabetes, pre-diabetes also known as Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome.
Diabetic neuropathy is a microvascular complication due to excess blood glucose in people with metabolic syndrome. Over time, this condition injures the walls of tiny blood vessels supplying the nerves, especially those in the legs. The consequence of the nerve damage can be an inability to feel pain, and so problems can go unnoticed by people with diabetes, for example because of "insensate" injury to their feet.
Other conditions that cause neuropathy:
• Musculoskeletal injuries: Whiplash, sleeping wrong, sports injuries or bad posture or repetitive motions
• Chronic liver disease
• Chronic kidney disease
• Long-term excessive alcohol intake
• Vitamin B deficiency and other nutritional deficiency
• Cancer - lymphoma or multiple myeloma
• Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection
• Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetic cause of nerve damage, particularly in the lower limbs
• Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition that damages peripheral nerves after a series of immunizations
There are at least 40 prescribed medications that are known to cause neuropathy.
• Some cardiac drugs for use
• Some cancer drugs
• Some antibiotics and
antivirals, including against
• A psychiatric drug for bipolar
• An anti-seizure drug for
epilepsy and other uses
• An anti-rejection drug for
• And dermatitis treatment
Toxic drugs can cause Neuropathy
• An anti-hypertensive drug to lower blood pressure
These are before and after pictures of a patient suffering with neuropathy as well as poor circulation. Using a combination of acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, herbs and tuina we were able to reverse the damage by treating the root cause of this patient’s neuropathy. The process took about 1 year.
Before Acupuncture Treatment
After 1 Year of Acupuncture Treatment
If you are suffering with neuropathy and/or circulation disorders, please call us today at (206) 459-3704. We can definitely help!