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"What is peripheral neuropathy?"
Peripheral neuropathy refers to any condition that results in nerve destruction in the hands and feet. Typically, the pain begins with strange sensations, tingling, burning, or some other sensation that is just difficulty to describe. As the disease progresses, these sensations can become more painful or you may start to lose feeling. Even later in disease progression, you may start to feel unbalanced and looking at your feet more while walking. Many who have had neuropathy for a while may even develop a fungal infection of the toenail. The toenail ends up looking discolored, black, or may look like it's getting thicker.
"Isn't that just part of getting older?"
No! You should realize that these signs and symptoms are an indication that something isn't right with your health. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with a physician to determine the underlying cause.
"How do you treat neuropathy?"
The typical treatment regimen consists of medications prescribed for symptom relief. Such medications include gabapentin (Neurontin), pregabalin (Lyrica), duloxetine (Cymbalta). While these drugs can provide relief, the relief is often temporary or requires increased dosages to maintain a level of relief. However, taking drugs to relieve the pain does nothing to correct the underlying cause.
"Isn't there SOMETHING I can do?"
Yes! There are other alternative treatments that can provide relief without medication and accelerate the healing process. Any treatment should begin with determining the underlying cause of your neuropathy, so that we can keep the pain from coming back or getting worse. Every person is different and likely responds differently to treatments. Therefore, there is not one treatment regimen for everyone. We take the time to target the REAL PROBLEM. There is no ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL approach to medical care.
If you are happy living with the pain, the numbness, and difficulty walking, please continue the medication regimen prescribed by your doctor. If you want the chance to experience relief, just schedule an appointment.