Relieving the pain of Neuropathy Effectively Without Drugs
Neuropathy (PN) is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves. Even though 10 to 20 million people in the US suffer with PN, information is hard to come by. Approximately 50% of diabetics will develop the condition. Many people using statin medication, ‘cholesterol drugs’, will be affected by this mysterious and under-recognized malady.
Neuropathy means “disease or abnormality of the nervous system”, which is not a very helpful definition. We think of neuropathy as any damage to the nervous system. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Herniated Discs and Strokes are all insults to different areas of the nervous system, all with different symptoms. Diabetes is a systemic disease that affects all nerves of the body from the brain, eyes, small nerves of the heart and digestive system, to the nerves in the hands feet and legs.
The peripheral nervous system is made up of the nerves that branch out of the spinal cord to all parts of the body.
Peripheral nerve cells have three main parts: cell body, axons, and dendrites (nerve/muscle junctions). Any part of the nerve can be affected, but damage to axons is most common. The axon transmits signals from one nerve cell to another or to muscles. Most axons are surrounded by a substance called myelin, which facilitates signal transmission.
There are two types of symptoms with neuropathy; negative and positive. Negative signs, which come first, are when damage to the nervous system brings about LOSS of a particular function. For example, loss of reflexes, loss of strength and loss of sensation, such as numbness. These are rarely detectable to the patient because the brain makes up the difference in these losses. Only after some time do the sick and damaged nerves develop the positive signs of neuropathy. These include tingling, burning, biting, stabbing and shooting pains. This too is a reaction of the brain and nervous system. Unfortunately, this overreaction tears apart the fiber of patients’ lives.
Each patient will describe their pain 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, while others appear gradually, over many years. Some people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and legs. This can lead 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 where there feet are in space, such as touching the ground. This can cause them to fall easily. These under-recognized sensory losses can only be detected with the 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, or 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. This is because the PAIN never goes away. In fact, once started, IT ONLY GETS WORSE!!
Currently, ordinary 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.
Our Albany, NY office offers a solution to neuropathy pain
Dr. Rugoff uses a unique therapy protocol to successfully treat patients suffering from PN. Dr. Rugoff, with over 20 years of clinical experience, understands that these patients have a very low quality of life and that the pain of neuropathy touches every aspect of a person’s existence. He is a certified member of the Neuropathy Treatment Centers of America.
Every Day, We Have More Success Relieving Neuropathy Pain
Why Not You?
- Reduced Pain and Cramps
- Reduced Tingling or Numbness in the Fingers, Toes, Legs or Feet
- Ability to Experience Touch Without Pain
- Reduced Feeling of Cold, Burning or Pain in the Feet and Legs
- Improved Sense of Balance and Coordination
- Less Dependency on Medications
- Improved Sleep
- Less Restless Leg
MORE INFO AT: www.neurotca.com
Jay L. Rugoff DC PLLC