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Peripheral Neuropathy

 Burning? Sharp? Numb? Tingling? Have You Had Enough?

In our research and experience within the fields of neurology, nutrition, endocrinology, acupuncture, and neuromuscular rehabilitation for effective treatment of peripheral neuropathy, I have found there is NO SINGLE CURE for the painful suffering of peripheral neuropathy.

Of course, there are drugs that will mask your pain, but ultimately they do nothing to prevent the relentless progression of your neuropathy.  To be honest, drugs should be the last option for treatment, not among the first to choose from when you are concerned about your long term health.

When you realize that peripheral neuropathy is a symptom of an underlying problem with your physiology,… then it won’t make sense to simply cover up your symptoms with medication and not correct the cause of your problem.

Peripheral neuropathy, in its most common form, causes pain and numbness in your hands and feet. The pain typically is described as tingling or burning, while the loss of sensation often is compared to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from such problems as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes of this disorder is diabetes.  The effect on the nervous system, and blood vessels to the nerves, results in the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

A number of factors can cause neuropathies. These factors include:

  • Trauma or pressure on the nerve. Nerve pressure can result from using a cast or crutches, spending a long time in an unnatural position, repeating a motion many times — such as typing at a computer keyboard — or  having a tumor or abnormal bone growth.  Pressure on nerves can also result from a disc herniation and/or disc degeneration.  When peripheral neuropathy affects a single nerve, trauma or nerve pressure is the most likely cause.
  • Diabetes. When damage occurs to several nerves, the cause frequently is diabetes. At least half of all people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.
  • Vitamin deficiencies. B vitamins are particularly important to nerve health.  Conditions or medications that interfere with the absorption of B vitamins can cause a deficiency.
  • Alcoholism. Many alcoholics develop peripheral neuropathy because they have poor dietary habits, leading to vitamin deficiencies.
  • Autoimmune diseases. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other immune system dysregulation, in which the immune system attacks your own tissues.
  • Organic diseases. Kidney disease, liver disease and an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) also can cause peripheral neuropathy. Patients with immune deficiency also are prone to develop peripheral neuropathy.
  • Genetic Inherited disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and amyloid polyneuropathy.
  • Toxic exposures. These may include environmental (pesticides, herbicides, chemical byproducts) and pharmaceutical toxic substances, such as heavy metals, and certain medications — especially those used to treat cancer.

What We Do

We order any necessary metabolic function tests using blood tests, stool tests and saliva tests to evaluate the complex interaction of your organ and hormone physiology.  We check your levels of vitamin B-12, and your ability to absorb vitamin B12, We check your iron levels, vitamin D levels, mineral levels, liver and kidney function among others.  We look at urinalysis, thyroid function tests, thyroid antibodies, blood sugar regulation, adrenal function, environmental toxins and immune system tests.

What makes us different is that we use natural, non-drug, non-surgical methods to eliminate pain and restore normal function of your body to regain health to the best of your body’s ability. 

We use a holistic, integrated approach in helping you restore your health. To help your nervous system we use unique, functional neurological therapies that improve and help rewire your brain and nervous system communication.  Advanced electronic stimulation and specific metabolic therapies are used for improving peripheral nerve connections. High tech Low Level Laser with Microcurrent stimulation is also often helpful in regenerating nerve cell metabolism.

We are proud to serve the Tri-State area, including Evansville, Henderson and Southern Illinois

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