- Tingling and numbness in toes
- Pins and needles in hands or feet
- Loss of sensitivity or vibration
- Feet feel hot or on fire
- Feet are frequently cold
- Burning or stabbing pain in hands or feet
- Electric shocks, shooting, sharp, or jabbing pain
- Extreme sensitivity or pain to even light touch
- Sheets or bed covers hurt feet
- Inability to feel at all, feet feel dead
- Can’t distinguish hot or cold sensation
- Restless legs, creepy crawlies
- Feels like socks or gloves are on when they aren’t
- Loss of coordination
- Difficulty walking or balance problems
- Shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia
- Muscle weakness, cramping or muscle spasms
- Complex regional pain syndrome or RSD
These symptoms can occur independently or all together. Until recently, there have been no effective treatments for peripheral neuropathy. Most doctors told patients they would have to live with the pain, or prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin (gabapentin) which were medications for epilepsy and seizures. Other drugs that have been tried with limited results are Elavil (amitriptyline), other antidepressants and opiate pain killers in some patients. Side effects of these drugs are numerous, including nausea, drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, gas, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia, dry mouth, blurred vision, weight gain, swelling, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, mood change, depression, hallucinations, delusions, suicidal ideations, and many, many more.
Infinite Wellness Center has several solutions for diabetic nerve pain and other neuropathies without the use of addictive medications or painful surgeries. We are now offering an exciting new treatment for neuropathy developed by some of the top Pain Medicine Specialists in the country that is safe and highly effective for most people – even diabetics. We use a combination of Integrated Nerve Blocks and Electronic Signal Treatment. Some patients also benefit from physical therapy, vibration therapy, cold laser treatment (low level laser), or nutritional support such as PercuraTM, which is a medical food supplement available by prescription only. We have had excellent results treating these symptoms which have had very few treatment options in the past.
More commonly called diabetic nerve pain, it come from many causes other than diabetes. The most important part of effectively treating neuropathy is diagnosing the the underlying cause and specific nerve or nerves that are damaged or compressed and thus, find the true source of the problem. There can be many causes for this type of nerve damage. Some of the causes include:
- Direct trauma
- Chemical injury
- Drugs (both street and prescriptions)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Back or spine surgery
- Back, leg, knee or hip problems
- Systemic illness like Cancer, AIDS, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Autoimmune disorders, or Diabetes.
How do you effectively treat neuropathy?
Electronic Signal Treatment for peripheral neuropathy delivers specific electrical frequency and amplitude to target the offending nerves. These specific protocols calm down the nerve pain and reduce hyper-irritated state of the nerves. Stimulation to the chemical messengers in the nervous system help repair the damaged cells and provide long term relief. This treatment is also able to decrease inflammation and swelling, improve circulation, and improve neuron function.
No steroids are used in this treatment, which actually diminish the immune system response and can increase blood glucose (sugar) levels. Our Integrated Nerve Block is an injection typically around the major nerves of the lower leg and foot using Marcaine (Bupivacaine HCl), which is a local anesthetic. This not only aids in pain reduction but makes the Electric Signal Treatment more effective. By combining physics (EST) and chemistry (INB), we have seen dramatic results.
Typical traditional medical therapies may provide only limited relief of symptoms include pain killers, steroids like prednisone, anti-seizure medications and anti-depressants.
What can I do to avoid or help neuropathy?
- Quit smoking
- Evaluate medication list
- Get adequate sleep and rest
- Proper nutrition and healthy meals
- Spinal hygiene and proper care of the spine
- Avoid prolonged pressure the on nerves or limbs
The most common type of peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetes and affects the feet or hands. When blood sugar levels become too high with diabetes and hyperglycemia, there is a toxic affect on the peripheral nerves and circulation. Reduced blood flow can also lead to progressive loss of nerve fibers in the legs and feet. Loss of nerve fibers correlates with increased diabetic neuropathy symptoms, which in turn can lead to foot ulceration, deformity and even amputation. If you have diabetes, take extracare to make sure your blood glucose levels stay under control, live a healthy lifestyle and take good care of your feet.
60% of diabetics have some degree of neuropathy. Around 25% of young people with type 2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent) also have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, several new studies indicate. The prevalence of diabetic peripheral neuropathy found among children with diabetes mellitus far exceeded that of youngsters with type 1 juvenile diabetes and approached that of adults with type 2. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is anearly and significant complication of all types of diabetes, which causes significant disability due to pain, poor quality of life, ulcers, and amputations, it is critical that physicians and patients be aware that diabetic peripheral neuropathy can occur early. The American Diabetes Association recommends that children and adolescents with type 2 diabetes be screened for diabetic peripheral neuropathy at diagnosis and that those with type 1 diabetes be screened 5 years after diagnosis.
Peripheral neuropathy is a progressive disease. Early diagnosis of diabetic peripheral neuropathy combined with improved diabetes control, proper treatment and lifestyle interventions can significantly improve diabetic peripheral neuropathy outcomes. Simple clinical assessments are essential, including testing vibration perception and light touch at the big toe, and testing for the presence of ankle reflexes. If these uncover abnormalities, nerve conduction studies or electromyography testing is appropriate.
More and more drugs are being implicated with side effects that include polyneuropathy, such as Statin drugs used to treat high cholesterol, chemotherapy and even several antibiotics. Those from unknown causes are categorized as idiopathic neuropathy.