Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment In Pittsburgh PA

How to Reverse Peripheral Neuropathy


The Peripheral Nervous System

The peripheral nervous system is a complex web of nerves that connect your arms, legs and trunk to the spinal cord. It transmits motor signals to your arms and legs, allowing for you to walk, swing a golf club, ride a bike, exercise and feed yourself. Peripheral nerves transmit sensory messages allowing you to feel pain, vibration, hot and cold, light touch, tickle, sharp and dull and pressure. It controls the diameter of your blood vessels, ensuring you are getting an adequate blood supply so you can get plenty of oxygen through your tissues. And lastly, the peripheral nerves aid in maintaining your balance (so your brain knows where your body is when you walk, ride a bicycle or jump up and down on a trampoline).

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What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy is damage or disease that affects the peripheral nerves. Some of the symptoms associated with neuropathy include numbness, tingling, pain, cramping, balance problems, weakness, restless leg syndrome and feelings that your feet (or hands) are too hot or too cold. The damage is commonly caused by hypoxia (a lack of oxygen) to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to shrivel up and die.

It is a progressive, degenerative disease (meaning it does not get better on its own, but rather can and will get worse as time goes on). For most people who suffer with neuropathy, five years ago, they probably weren’t as bad as they are now. Five years from now, if left untreated, it will be worse.

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What Causes Peripheral Neuropathy?


There are over 100 different causes of peripheral neuropathy. Many doctor’s will inquire whether you are a diabetic. But while 75% of all diabetics develop neuropathy, you don’t have to have diabetes to develop peripheral neuropathy.

Some of the causes are relatively common (diabetes, chemotherapy drugs, spinal stenosis). Other causes are less known (statin drugs, surgery, Lyme’s disease, etc..).

“I’ve been suffering with peripheral neuropathy for over 8 years. I have numbness, tingling and burning pain in my feet. Also, my balance has been getting worse. My doctors gave me medicine (Neurontin and Lyrica). They weren’t helping and had terrible side effects. Finally I went to see Dr. Smith and got relief. His methods work and I’m very happy I went.”

Harold L., Pittsburgh, PA

The Medical Standard of Care

The medical standard of care doctor’s use to treat neuropathy is with prescription drugs that may temporarily reduce symptoms. These drugs have names such as Gabapentin, Neurontin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta. They are primarily anti-seizure or anti-depressant drugs. The way they work is to slow down the brain so you can’t feel your feet. If you have diabetic neuropathy, and you had intense pain in your feet, the drugs may reduce the symptoms. However they aren’t going to do anything for numbness, tingling, balance problems, weakness, cramping, restless leg syndrome, etc. They also do not slow down or stop the progress of the disease whatsoever. That is why as your nerves continue to die, the doctor’s have to constantly increase your dosage. Typically, you’ll start off with 100 mg; then 100 mg twice a day, then three times a day; then 200 mg, then 300 mg…. This will occur until you are at the maximum safe dose. And then the doctor will tell you “I’m sorry, that’s all I can do for you. You’re just going to have to learn to live with it.”

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“I had burning, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet. My medical doctor prescribed Gabapentin and Cymbalta and I got NO relief! I went to see Dr. Smith and he got better results than any other specialist I went to. I’m delighted with the results.”

Rachel W., West Mifflin, PA

What We Need To Determine:

In order to effectively treat neuropathy three questions have to be answered:

  1. What is the underlying cause?
  2. How much nerve damage has been sustained?
  3. How much treatment will be required?

The treatment we provide has three main goals:

  1. Repair the peripheral nerves
  2. Improve circulation
  3. Correct metabolic imbalances

NOTE: Once 85% or more of nerve damage has been sustained, there is likely nothing that we can do.

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There are a variety of therapies we utilize for reversing peripheral neuropathy damage. Some of these approaches include regenerative medicine, platelet rich plasma, electroanalgesia, LED infrared light therapy, spinal decompression, cold laser, vibration, detoxification and more.

Recovery is possible. Many have even spoken with their doctors and either reduced or completely eliminated their medications. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation.

As long as there is less than 85% nerve damage, there is hope!

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Success Stories


FAQ

What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a disease or damage to the peripheral nerves (the nerves that go down your arms, your legs, or wrap around your trunk).

What kind of symptoms are associated with peripheral neuropathy?

Symptoms of neuropathy may include numbness, tingling, cramping, weakness, poor balance, feelings of cold or heat in the feet or hands, loss of dexterity in your fingers, restless leg syndrome, and burning pain. You don’t necessarily need to have all of these symptoms. You could only have one, or you can have more than one.

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

There are over 100 reasons why people suffer from peripheral neuropathy. The most common one is diabetes. 75% of all diabetics have some form of neuropathy. But you don’t necessarily have to be a diabetic to have neuropathy. Some of the other causes are spinal cord problems (like spinal stenosis, a herniated disc, or a bulging disc), trauma, infectious disease, certain medications, exposure to toxins, autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems, and more.

Can medications cure peripheral neuropathy?

The short answer is no. Medications do not cure, reverse or stop the damage. There are four medications available that physicians prescribe for people suffering. These include Neurontin, Gabapentin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta.

What is the prognosis for peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a degenerative, progressive disease. What that means is that in time, the symptoms get worse (in terms of frequency and intensity). In almost all cases, patients report that their symptoms are worse today than they were five years ago. If they follow the natural progression of things, they will be worse five years from now.

How do to test for peripheral neuropathy?

The first thing that we need to do is a consultation followed by a neuropathy exam. We will check your circulation (essential for seeing if the blood flow in the extremities is normal ). Next, we check your balance pathways. Tests are done with the eyes open and then the eyes shut. Following this, we check the sensory & motor pathways. We’ll quantify your results. 0 – 30% of nerve damage is minimal neuropathy. 30% to 50% of nerve damage indicates moderate severity. 50% to 85% of nerve damage indicates a severe case of neuropathy. And a score of greater than 85% means there is nothing I can do to help. By quantifying the amount of nerve damage, we can predict how long it will take to correct the problem.

Are You Ready To Live a Full, Neuropathy-Free Life Again?

Call us or fill out our web form today to schedule a free consultation, and determine if you are a good candidate for treatment. Our team looks forward to meeting you and creating a plan that will relieve your neuropathy and improve your quality of life.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 412-595-7332

Chronic Conditions Center is the premier leader in integrated neurometabolic healthcare. We use FDA approved medical procedures for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, joint pain and metabolic disorders.

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