What is Neuropathy?
Peripheral neuropathy consists of bodily characteristics that result from broken or diseased nerves that normally carry messages from the brain to and from the body. Peripheral neuropathy can affect anything from the vital organs to the skin or muscles, inhibiting proper movement or sensations throughout the limbs.
What are the Common Symptoms of Neuropathy?
It is possible that peripheral neuropathy exhibits zero symptoms. However, many patients may experience common symptoms relating to loss of motor, sensory, and autonomic nerves. Specifically, this can include numbness and tingling that moves up the arms and legs. Other symptoms include extreme sensitivity to touch and muscle weakness. Lastly, peripheral neuropathy can inhibit one’s ability to control autonomic sensory symptoms such as digestion, blood pressure changes, low heat tolerance, constant sharp pain, lack of coordination, dizziness and irregular heartbeat.
What causes Neuropathy?
There are many possible causes of peripheral neuropathy. Some causes of peripheral neuropathy include: alcoholism, vitamin deficiency, and family history. Other causes of neuropathy have been reported as benign and malignant tumors, bone marrow disorders, toxins, diabetes, medications such as chemotherapy, infections, and kidney or liver disorders. Peripheral neuropathy is usually never induced by just one aforementioned causes, but rather, a combination of many causes.
Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral Neuropathy is a common illness, affecting more than 20 million Americans. Treatment and management is a very crucial part of healing pain caused by peripheral neuropathy. An important step in treating peripheral neuropathy is identifying the underlying causes of the disease itself. Using a non-invasive, therapeutic approach to lessen the effects of peripheral neuropathy will provide the patient with more lasting and significant results. Using functional medicine in relieving pain of neuropathy will eliminate the need to heavily rely on pain medications and extensive and risky surgeries.
Functional Medicine Options for Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy
There are many treatment options for peripheral neuropathy that do not include surgical or traditional methods. The following are used for alternative healing of the illness: transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin, physical therapy, and acupuncture. For further inquiries regarding these life-changing therapy options, schedule an appointment today with OC Wellness and Physicians.