The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerves that branch out of the spinal cord to all parts of the body.
There are two types of symptoms with PN; early and late stage. Early stage signs are subtle such as; loss of reflexes, loss of strength, loss of sensation like numbness. These are rarely detectable to the patient, because the brain makes up the difference in the early stages. Only after some time do the sick and damaged nerves develop the late stage signs of neuropathy; tingling, burning, biting, stabbing, shooting pains. Unfortunately, these late stage symptoms can be very devastating and lead to falls, accidents or other pathology.
Each patient will describe their pain in their own individual language of ‘pain’. This can easily confuse a doctor not trained in the recognition and treatment of these patients. So, the patient usually continues to suffer, going from doctor to doctor, to stronger and stronger doses of pills until they are either completely drugged up and ‘out of it’, or lost in their own world of suffering.
Some neuropathies come on suddenly, others happen slowly over many years. Some people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and legs which legs which leads to difficulty standing, walking, or getting out of a chair. The loss of sensation from the feet, ankles and toes contributes to patients not having a ‘good sense’ of balance which can causes them to stumble and fall, especially in the dark. These under-recognized sensory losses CAN ONLY be detected with proper clinical exam. This office has the necessary tools to uncover the underlying cause of this ‘silent’ nerve damage.
Some patients will eventually become unable to walk at all. Others start with a tingling, pin pricking feeling that turns into deep sharp stabbing pains and burning electric shocks. These debilitating problems can also be at their worst at night while trying to get to sleep, because the PAIN never goes away. In fact, once started it has a tendency of getting worse.
Currently, traditional medicine has NO cure for PN. The extremely powerful drugs dispensed to patients do NOT TREAT the NERVE DAMAGE! They numb the brain to numb the pain. Most patients cannot tolerate a drugged existence but feel they have NO OTHER OPTION against this horrifying pain.
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