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Do you have peripheral neuropathy? If you haven’t heard of this condition before, it affects the motor and sensory nerves which help to connect your spinal cord to the rest of your organs, muscles and your skin. Typically, people afflicted with neuropathy feel it most in their hands and feet with symptoms like tingling, pins and needles, pain and weakness. Some say that the symptoms come and go, while others say it’s severe and debilitating. The important aspect is that if diagnosed early, neuropathy can be controlled!
Neuropathy is more common than you might think! We estimate that more than 20 million people in our country are suffering with some sort of neuropathy. It typically affects older adults, but can strike at any age.
Even though it seems like a “new” condition, peripheral neuropathy has been around for years, but just hadn’t been properly diagnosed until recently. It is commonly misdiagnosed as just a side effect of other diseases like diabetes, cancer and kidney failure. Unfortunately, the development of treatments for neuropathy has been slow going.
WHAT CAUSES PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY?
Neuropathy can be caused by many things, but more than 30 percent of those diagnosed with it are told it is from an unknown cause. Diabetes causes another 30 percent of cases. The remainder of cases are caused by autoimmune disorders, toxins, infections, tumors, heredity or imbalances of nutrition.
Neuropathy affects the nerves throughout the body, which control sensations like cold or pain, as well as the internal organs like the heart, bladder, intestines and more! It usually gives off a pain described as burning or tingling in the hands and feet.
Here at Falls Clinic, we are helping hundreds of patients with neuropathy. We have an innovative and systematic approach which gets you back to a healthy, happy life. If other treatments haven’t worked for you, if medications aren’t working, if physical therapy isn’t enough, there are other options! It’s possible you are a good fit for our program! The techniques we use address the neurological, metabolic, and nutritional factors of neuropathy.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Numbness in the extremities
- Electrical, “crawling” pain
- Restless legs
- Pins and needles
- Fatigue in the legs or feet
- Tingling or burning
- Cold hands or feet
- Shooting pains
Common Causes Leading to Peripheral Neuropathy
- History of Back or Neck Problems
- Sugar Imbalance or Diabetes
- Cholesterol lowering medications
- Autoimmune Diseases