There is a lot of information out there with regards with neuropathy neuropathy. In fact I think neuropathy is the ‘in” condition of the millennium. When Dr. Oz mentions neuropathy in his program you know that neuropathy has arrived as a condition. Unfortunately there is some bad and misleading information about neuropathy. Charlatans and so-called experts are trying to capitalize on the misfortunes with those who have peripheral neuropathy. Let’s explore some of the facts and fiction about peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is not always caused by diabetes
Diabetic neuropathy makes headlines since neuropathy compounded by poor circulation sometimes results in serious foot and leg complications. I want to dispel two misconceptions about diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes does not always lead to neuropathy-approximately 50% diabetic develop some form of diabetes. Diabetic neuropathy does not always cause devastating foot complications such as ulcers, infections or amputations. With a sensible life style and good foot hygiene-most will be able to avoid serious complications.
Diabetes is not the only cause of neuropathy. There are least 20 other causes of peripheral neuropathy including: chemotherapy, trauma, spinal conditions, nutritional deficiencies, autoimmune disease, alcoholism, adverse reaction to medications and inherited medical conditions.
Peripheral neuropathy is not curable
Neuropathy is due to damage to the nerve. It mostly affects the feet and toes causing pain, burning, tingling, pins and needles sensations and a heaviness sensation in the feet. Nerves do not regenerate well-they lack the ability to repair themselves. So essentially the approach in treating neuropathy is to try to relieve the symptoms and attempt to slow down the progression of the condition.
There is no one miracle cure for neuropathy
Some want you to believe that they have a magical miracle cure. Their claims are false and bogus. Treating neuropathy involves a multitude of therapies and or medication. The three medications most commonly prescribed for neuropathy are Neurontin, Lyrica or Cymbalta. Neurontin and Lyrica are anticonvulsants-they work by blocking pain signals. These medications are effective only about 50% and they have many side effects. Topical medicals such as Neuragen and Nerve Health Relief Cream, temporarily reduce neuropathic pain. Other treatments include laser light therapy, hyperbaric oxygen. Stronger medications such as anti-inflammatory and condone derivatives are used for stronger symptoms. Immunoglobulin therapy, spinal stimulators and morphine pumps are used for advanced neuropathic pain. Nutritional supplements can be helpful, especially with those with vitamin and nutritional deficiencies.
Exercise can be very beneficial
Many people with peripheral neuropathy experience balance problems. This is due to a lack of feeling in the feet. Exercise can be helpful in increase circulation to the extremities. It is also helpful by strengthening the muscles responsible for walking .