Holistic Neuropathy Treatment Center in Scottsdale, Arizona
Neuropathy is a condition in which your peripheral nerves are damaged. These nerves are important because they communicate information from your central nervous system to nerves outside your brain and spinal cord. Neuropathy may cause the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to touch
Neuropathy is a general term meaning "nerve problem". There are two main types of neuropathy and a variety of causes. The first type of neuropathy we will discuss has been the most common type for years but that is starting to change.
The first type is Large Fiber Mono-Neuropathy (Large Fiber meaning the bigger nerve bundles closer to the spine and Mono-meaning "one"). Large Fiber Mono-Neuropathy usually begins at the spine level, either the lower neck or lower back, and typically radiates down one arm or one leg.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that varies in severity from individual to individual, depending on health status. Peripheral neuropathy is any condition affecting the normal functionality of nerves in the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is composed of a network of nerves that connects the central nervous system – brain and spinal cord – to the rest of the body. Chronic prickling, numbness, or cold sensation in your extremities (feet and hands), which can spread to arms and legs.
What causes peripheral neuropathy?
Although not diabetics develop peripheral neuropathy, many do exhibit signs of PN. It is estimated that 60 percent to 80 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes experience some type of neuropathy symptoms. Left untreated, PN can become acute enough to cause debilitation and symptoms including digestive abnormalities, acute pain, cardiac complications, and fatality if allowed to progress to a systemic situation involving multiple organ systems.
- Auto-immune diseases such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
- Tumors such as the spinal cord
- Infections such as HIV, leprosy, varicella-zoster (the virus causing chickenpox and shingles), herpes simplex, West Nile, or cytomegalovirus
- Toxicity in the body
- Substance abuse such as alcohol
- Cumulative exposure to frequencies such as radiation
- Kidney or liver disorders
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Certain types of rare, degenerative conditions – paraneoplastic syndromes – can originate as an immune response to cancer, and can indirectly trigger widespread damage to nerves.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy
Although this not a conclusive list of symptoms and not a guaranteed confirmation of PN diagnosis, these are some signs experienced by those experiencing peripheral neuropathy:
- Muscle weakness
- Cramps, pain, and/or tingling
- Changes in touch sensation or inability to feel movement or vibration
- Inability to coordinate movements such as tying shoes, buttoning clothing, holding a pencil and writing, etc.
- Twitching of muscles
- Hypoglycemia (lowered blood sugar) including sweating, shakiness, and rapid heartbeat (palpitations)
- Inability to feel pain or change in temperature
- Sleep disturbance or disruption
- Interruptions in or difficulty in breathing
- Autonomic nerve damage can cause the following: excess sweating, heat sensitivity/intolerance, disturbance in blood pressure which affects the ability to expand and contract small blood vessels
- Digestive symptoms including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea/constipation, stomach bloating, appetite loss
- Damage to kidneys and nerves in the bladder can lead to increased frequency of urination
Sexual dysfunction – erectile dysfunction, vaginal dryness, decreased libido/interest
- Rarely, some individuals experience challenges eating or swallowing when esophageal nerves become affected.
Pharmaceutical treatment for peripheral neuropathy
Doctors may prescribe medications that can cause side-effects, and include anti-seizure and anti-depressant drugs. Side effects may include the following:
- Uncontrollable sleepiness
- Weight loss or gain
- Liver complications including failure
Although medications may manage peripheral neuropathy, they do not target and resolve the root cause of this and many health disorders. Identifying the culprit of the disease can create a successful outcome and healing for the condition under consideration.
The following information is intended to address underlying causes of peripheral neuropathy, which is typically a secondary condition that arises because of a primary health issue such as diabetes. Dietary and lifestyle habits have a marked impact on the ability of our bodies to recover and heal from a variety of illnesses and diseases.