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Peripheral Neuropathy

March 24, 20245 min read

Peripheral Neuropathy - Causes, Symptoms, Available treatments, Patient outlook

By: Neuropathy Specialists

03/24/2024

Introduction:

Peripheral neuropathy is a complex and often debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It involves damage to the peripheral nerves, which are responsible for transmitting signals between the brain, spinal cord, and the rest of the body. This can lead to a wide range of symptoms, from numbness and tingling to sharp pain and muscle weakness. In this article, we'll delve into the causes, prognosis, and available treatments for peripheral neuropathy.

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Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a term used to describe damage to the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord. These nerves are responsible for transmitting sensory information (such as touch, pain, and temperature) from the body to the brain, as well as controlling muscle movements.

When these nerves are damaged or malfunctioning, it can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:

  1. Numbness and tingling: Patients may experience a "pins and needles" sensation in their hands, feet, or other affected areas.

  2. Burning or shooting pain: Some individuals with peripheral neuropathy report sharp, shooting pain or a burning sensation, especially in the hands and feet.

  3. Muscle weakness: Weakness in the muscles can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks like walking or gripping objects.

  4. Loss of coordination: Damage to the nerves can affect balance and coordination, increasing the risk of falls.

  5. Sensitivity to touch: Some patients may experience heightened sensitivity to touch, making certain textures or temperatures uncomfortable.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can have numerous causes, including:

  1. Diabetes: One of the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy is diabetes, particularly when blood sugar levels are poorly controlled over time.

  2. Trauma or injury: Physical trauma, such as car accidents or sports injuries, can damage nerves and lead to neuropathic pain.

  3. Infections: Certain infections, such as Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis C, can damage peripheral nerves.

  4. Autoimmune diseases: Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and Guillain-Barré syndrome can cause the immune system to attack the nerves.

  5. Toxins: Exposure to toxins such as heavy metals, certain medications (e.g., chemotherapy drugs), and alcohol can damage nerves.

  6. Genetics: In some cases, genetic factors can predispose individuals to develop peripheral neuropathy.

Prognosis of Peripheral Neuropathy

The prognosis for peripheral neuropathy varies widely depending on the underlying cause, the extent of nerve damage, and how well the condition is managed. In some cases, peripheral neuropathy may improve or even resolve completely with appropriate treatment. However, for many individuals, especially those with chronic conditions like diabetes, neuropathy may be a lifelong challenge.

If left untreated or poorly managed, peripheral neuropathy can lead to complications such as chronic pain, foot ulcers (in diabetic patients), infections, and difficulty performing daily activities. It's crucial for individuals with neuropathy to work closely with healthcare professionals to monitor their condition and implement effective treatment strategies.

Treatments for Peripheral Neuropathy

While there is currently no cure for peripheral neuropathy, several treatment options can help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. These include:

  1. Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help alleviate mild to moderate neuropathic pain. For more severe pain, doctors may prescribe medications such as anticonvulsants (e.g., gabapentin, pregabalin) or antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline, duloxetine) that can help modulate nerve signals and reduce pain.

  2. Physical therapy: Working with a physical therapist can be beneficial for improving muscle strength, balance, and coordination. Physical therapy exercises can also help relieve pain and improve mobility.

  3. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS): TENS therapy involves using a device that delivers mild electrical impulses to the affected area, which can help reduce pain and improve nerve function.

  4. Lifestyle modifications: Making healthy lifestyle choices, such as maintaining a balanced diet, exercising regularly, managing stress, and avoiding alcohol and tobacco, can help slow the progression of peripheral neuropathy and improve overall health.

  5. Alternative therapies: Some individuals find relief from neuropathic pain through alternative therapies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and biofeedback. While more research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of these treatments, they may offer additional options for managing symptoms.

In severe cases where conservative treatments are ineffective, healthcare providers may consider more advanced interventions such as nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, or surgery to relieve pressure on nerves or repair damaged nerves. However, these interventions are typically reserved for specific situations and require careful evaluation by a specialist.

Peripheral neuropathy is a challenging condition that can significantly impact a person's quality of life. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment, a combination of medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, and alternative treatments can help manage symptoms and improve outcomes for individuals with neuropathy. It's essential for patients to work closely with their healthcare team to develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to their unique needs and circumstances. With proper management and ongoing support, many individuals with peripheral neuropathy can lead fulfilling lives despite the challenges posed by this condition.

How our approach is different...

We have combined some of the most successful therapies that target the damaged nerves and blood vessels and actually help to regrow and heal the damaged nerves. While these treatments are being performed around the US, very few clinics have adopted these advanced treatment methods and they are extremely costly. Most programs run in the thousands and are time consuming. Here at Neuropathy Specialists we are offering the only at home treatment solution that is supervised by our Neuropathy Experts.

Our goal is to get our patients off drugs and get their life back. We believe that the traditional medication therapy being used is harmful to the patient when used long term. While this treatment is not guaranteed to cure every single patients neuropathy, we have over an 85% success rate in restoring sensation to the lower extremity. Increasing nerve function and improving circulation has additional benefits, including increased wound healing, better balance, and lowering overall mortality rates for our patients.

To learn more and to order your at home advanced Neuropathy Treatment Kit just visit www.neuropathyspecialists.com

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Neuropathy Specialists

Neuropathy Specialists has been treating patients with neuropathy since 1999. Our providers and experts have developed an all in one advanced at home treatment for Neuropathy of the hands and feet. With over an 85% success rate, our treatments can not only restore sensation and improve your overall clinical picture, but it is convenient and affordable. All guided by virtual and tele-health professionals that will oversee and guide your treatment ensuring the highest rate of success.

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SUFFERING FROM NEUROPATHY IN YOUR FEET or HANDS? DO YOU WANT AN EASY, AT HOME, AFFORDABLE, AND SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT OPTION?

We have helped 1000's of people just like you break free of the pain of neuropathy in their feet! This easy, affordable, at home treatment kit has an 85% success rate and we have treated 1000's of people all across the country and given them the relief they have been looking for!

We have been treating Neuropathy of the feet and hands since 1999.

At Neuropathy Specialists, all we do is Neuropathy, and we do it well. Our clinic was founded on treating Neuropathy from multiple causes. Treating patients in our clinics using simple yet advanced therapies gave us the idea of sending these therapies home with our patients. If it was successful in the clinic, it would be successful anywhere, even in the comfort of the patients own home. And It was. Now we are dedicated to getting relief to as many patients as possible.

HOW OUR TREATMENT WORKS

VIRTUAL CONSULTATION

All of our patients will undergo a comprehensive virtual consultation to ensure they are a candidate for our at home neuropathy treatment. After your consultation your at home neuropathy kit will be shipped directly to you. You will be guided through the use of the easy at home kit via video tutorials or live virtual support.

KIT ARRIVAL & SET UP

Once the kit has arrived and you have been instructed on its use, you can begin treatment! The treatment is easy, painless, no medications, no adverse side effects. Treatments are performed daily for a period of two weeks. At that time you will meet virtually with one of our providers to evaluate your progress.

START YOUR TREATMENT

Our at home treatment consists of water immersion electrotherapy and photobiomodulation therapy that are safe, FDA Approved, and have over an 85% success rate. Our at home treatment kit also comes with an at home rehab program to help increase circulation and restore lymphatic flow to the feet and lower leg. This advanced combination therapy has helped 1000's to get rid of neuropathy pain and get their life back!

TRACKING YOUR PROGRESS

Our specialized team of healthcare providers will be with you every step along the way. Our team is available 24/7 to help you with questions, set up, treatment performance, and to help track your progress.

George from West Virginia

I had progressive diabetic neuropathy in my feet and it had worked it's way all the way up my calves. After two weeks of using this treatment at home I started to regain the feeling in my legs and feet. It has improved my balance and given me hope for the future! My feet had been numb for two years and my doctors told me that there was nothing that could be done. Thank you!

Jessica from Colorado

I was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy and it felt like I had a rolled up sock under my toes. It eventually progressed to burning pain constantly in my toes and the balls of my feet. The only option I was given was gabapentin. It helped with the pain but not with the numbness, and it didn't stop it. The burning pain and tingling eventually took over the entire bottom of my feet. After two weeks of the at home treatment the burning pain was gone completely and I was able to get off my medication completely!

FAQS

How does this treatment work?

Our treatment uses water immersion electrical conductivity and neuronal stimulation to get your damaged nerves to fire again. Using water immersion ensures that every neuron and nerve in the foot and lower leg are activated. During the first couple weeks you may feel little to no sensations during the treatment. Typically around the two week mark patients will start to feel sensation and tingling during the treatment. Once this sensation starts to be felt, the nerves are regenerating.

Next the feet and lower leg are wrapped in a power Photobiomodulation unit which delivers multiple wavelengths of healing infrared light and this stimulates mitochondria activation to help your nerves regrow and increase circulation by helping to regrow new blood vessels that feed your nerves and tissues.

The combination of these two therapies together is what produces the long term healing effects that we have seen with 1000's of our patients. Our goal is to heal the damaged nerves and restore vital circulation

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Do I need a prescription for this treatment?

No prescription is required for this at home treatment kit. Our neuropathy experts are licensed providers and will work with you and your current providers to ensure you receive the latest in neuropathy care.

Is the treatment FDA cleared?

Yes. These forms of treatment have been cleared by the FDA for treatment of peripheral neuropathy.

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Does insurance cover this treatment?

Unfortunately insurance does not directly cover the purchase of these treatments. However, you can submit a copy of your receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement or have it applied to your deductible. These devices are also HSA and FSA eligible purchases.

Does medicare or medicaid cover this treatment?

Unfortunately these devices are not covered by medicare or medicaid.

Can I use my HSA or FSA to purchase this?

Absolutely! These devices are HSA and FSA eligible. If you require assistance with submitting these purchases for reimbursement just contact our support team!

Can I use this treatment with my other current neuropathy treatments?

Absolutely. These advanced at home treatments can not interfere with any other neuropathy treatments and can absolutely be performed simultaneously with other treatments. These treatments can only help to improve the results of other combined treatments. These treatments will not effect any current neuropathy medications you may be taking.

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Will I be able to get off my medication if this treatment is successful?

Our goal is to help you safely get off your medications for neuropathy. This treatment is designed to actually regrow your nerves and the blood vessels that feed them. Restoring circulation and feeling to the damaged areas. Our goal is to help you safely get off your medications for neuropathy. We will work with you and your prescribing physician when the time is right to decrease and hopefully eventually eliminate drugs like gabapentin and Neurontin.

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