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What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a disease that affects the peripheral central nervous system.

Peripheral nerves transmit information from the brain and spinal cord to the entire body and vice versa. Nerves carry information to the brain about everything that happens in the peripheral limbs, for example, if our feet or hands are cold or have suffered a cut, burn or any type of aggression, the brain receives the information and responds with "pain "," Burning "," numbness ", etc., depending on the type of aggression suffered.

Peripheral neuropathy is when the nerves do not work properly since damage has occurred that can affect a single nerve (mono-neuropathy) or a group of nerves (poly-neuropathy).

Neuropathy can also affect all the nerves in the body. Damage to the functioning of the nerves causes an interruption or interference between the nerve connections so that the brain receives the wrong information and responds in the same way. Thus the sensation of burning, pain, numbness, cold or heat occurs when there is no reason for it. Failure or nerve damage can occur at two levels: failure of the nerve endings or axons, which are the ones that send the sensations to the brain; Or failure to wear or damage myelin, which is the protective layer that lines the nerves to avoid "short circuits" between them.

peripheral neuropathy symptoms

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

Symptoms may be diverse depending on the nerves involved. For example, if the affection is to the sensory nerves that fulfill many highly specialized functions, the symptoms are: numbness, loss of fine touch with inability to recognize small objects or to detect their shape by touch. Loss of reflexes and sense of position, which makes it difficult to coordinate movements such as walking, buttoning or keep balance when closed eyes. These painful symptoms greatly affect quality of life and emotional well-being. They usually get stronger at night, which disrupts sleep by increasing stress, anxiety and discomfort.

If the affection is to the myelin of the nerves, these lose their protection or cover. When myelin is damaged, the brain's ability to feel pain or changes in temperature is disrupted. This results in insensitivity, the person does not realize if he has suffered a wound or if it has been infected. As a result, many people have had to suffer amputations from their members.

Hypersensitivity may also occur on the contrary, this produces acute pain by receiving stimuli that are actually painless like the rose of clothing covering the body.

When the damage is at the level of the autonomic nerves (autonomic neuropathy), other symptoms occur depending on which organ or gland has been affected. In the urinary system, the bladder can be affected, losing control over it, resulting in infection or incontinence.

In the gastrointestinal system, damage to the autonomic nerves that control muscle contractions of the intestine causes diarrhea or constipation. There is also difficulty chewing or swallowing when certain autonomic nerves fail.

Other symptoms caused by autonomic neuropathy are problems in sexual function, difficulty chewing or swallowing, blocking salivary glands, no sweating, among others.

Damage to a motor nerve includes symptoms such as painful cramps, loss of muscle mass, changes in the skin, hair, nails, bone degeneration, etc.

In extreme cases breathing could be affected and lead to a failure of a vital organ.

neuropathy causes

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy may be inherited or acquired.

Hereditary neuropathy is due to errors in the genetic code or through new genetic mutations. Some appear in young adults while others in childhood or early childhood.

Acquired peripheral neuropathy can occur as a result of other health problems such as systemic metabolic diseases (diabetes), injury or trauma to a nerve, autoimmune infections or disorders such as tumors, nutritional deficiency, alcoholism and toxic substances. For example, peripheral neuropathy may occur by fracture, bone dislocation, sports injury, surgeries that may have caused the surrounding nerves to have been stretched, compressed, crushed, cut, or partially or completely separated from the spinal cord.

Peripheral neuropathy can also occur by disc herniation in which the intervertebral discs are displaced and these can compress, pinch or cut a nerve root partially or completely.

Systemic diseases affect the whole body and can cause peripheral neuropathy.

Diabetic Neuropathy

More than 70% of diabetics suffer from diabetic peripheral neuropathy. As its name indicates it is a neuropathy whose cause is Diabetes.

Diabetes is a metabolic disease and is characterized by high levels of glucose in the blood in chronic form.

In metabolic diseases with endocrine disorders such as diabetes, it affects the body's ability to transform the nutrients we ingest into energy and tissues, or to eliminate waste and toxic substances. Prolonged exposure to chronically elevated glucose levels and toxic substances accumulated in the blood due to failure in metabolism is the main cause of diabetic neuropathy.

diabetic neuropathy symptoms

The symptoms of diabetic neuropathy will depend on the nerve or nerves that have been affected. The most common symptoms are numbness, pain, numbness in hands, arms, legs or feet. Also problems with the digestive system, heart, reproductive organs.

In Diabetic Neuropathy, the first thing to do to seek relief from neuropathic pain is to bring blood glucose levels back to normal. Control of blood glucose is the basis of treatment, for this it is necessary to treat diabetes appropriately following the recommendations of the doctor and nutritionist who will give the best treatment and diet.

Taking care of your feet is critical to avoiding injuries that can lead to infections and amputations.

Once diabetes is controlled, it becomes necessary to apply the treatment for neuropathy as recommended by your health care provider.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the main nerve that originates in the spinal cord and low down the thighs, legs, ankles and feet. When there is pressure on the sciatic nerve, intense pain occurs in the buttocks and legs. Sciatic nerve pressure can be caused by obesity, poor posture or any herniated disc. Pain is usually described as a hot sensation that burns and can devastate the person who suffers from it.

Other causes for sciatic nerve involvement include diabetes, trauma, medications, or toxic substances.

Other health problems that cause neuropathy.

When there are kidney problems, many toxic substances are not eliminated and accumulate in the blood, this can cause serious damage to the nerves. The same situation occurs when there are liver failures because in general poly-neuropathies occur when there is an imbalance in the chemicals in the body.

Metabolism can also be affected by hormonal imbalances, thus, the metabolism becomes slow when there is a drop in thyroid hormones. As a result, fluid retention occurs, the tissues become swollen and when peripheral nerves are pressed, neuropathy occurs. On the other hand, if there is an overproduction of growth hormone it can cause acromegaly with an abnormal growth of certain bones especially at the level of joints. The nerves that pass through the joints can be affected by entrapment and this leads to neuropathy.

bad eating habits

Bad eating habits is another cause of neuropathy. An unbalanced diet can cause deficiency in vitamin E, B1, B6, B12 and niacin, these are very important for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Too much alcohol can also cause nerve damage and cause what we call alcoholic neuropathy.

Problems in the circulatory system, diseases of the blood and vascular damage are other very common causes. When the blood vessels become inflamed and the walls of these become hardened or thickened, the blood flow decreases. As a result, the blood does not carry enough oxygen to the nervous tissues causing its serious damage or total deterioration. This can affect many nerves or only one, in which case a poly neuropathy or mono neuropathy respectively occurs.

Chronic inflammation of the connective tissue can also cause neuropathy. If the inflammation reaches the nerve fibers that pass through the area, the nerves are affected and neuropathic pain occurs.

The inflammation of the joints can compress the nerves of the area and also cause pain by neuropathy.

Tumors regardless of whether they are malignant or not, may also exert pressure or cut nerve fibers especially if the wound is deep and has required some type of surgery.

chronic stress

Chronic stress is another cause that can lead to neuropathy. Stress usually causes muscle contractures. Also, when performing repetitive, uncomfortable or heavy activities, with constant joint flexions, it can cause irritation or inflammation of the ligaments, tendons and muscles, this can affect the nerve fibers.

Infections caused by viruses or bacteria can affect nerve tissues. For example, herpes zoster, Epstein Barr virus, cytomegalovirus, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other types of herpes or virus. The neuropathy caused by these can be very painful.

Other bacterial diseases such as Lyme disease (produced by tick bite), diphtheria, leprosy cause damage to the peripheral nerves.

Autoimmune diseases in which the body's immune system attacks its own tissues, can cause the destruction of myelin covering the nerves leading to painful neuropathy.

Another disease such as Guillan Barré syndrome, which is closely related to acute demyelinating inflammatory neuropathy, can damage motor, sensory and autonomic nerve fibers.

drugs

Many anti-neoplastic drugs, anticonvulsants, antibiotics, statins, antivirals have as a side effect peripheral nerve damage in the short, medium, or long term.

Toxicity due to accumulation in the blood of heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, etc., is another common but not well known cause.

Neuropathic Pain Therapy

There are many ways to treat neuropathy pain. The purpose is to improve nerve function and allow people with neuropathy to lead a normal life. The treatment options of neuropathy are very varied, being some more effective than others. We then list the most common and according to our experience we highlight the treatment with the medical device "ReBuilder®" as the most effective we have found, which is why it is the treatment we recommend on this website*.

  • Acupuncture, ancient treatment based on traditional Chinese medi1cine. Very popular and very useful for pain treatment if applied by expert hands.
  • Analgesics, drugs based on different chemicals that are aimed at reducing or stopping pain temporarily. There are over-the-counter painkillers that do not require a prescription, however, because neuropathy is a chronic problem it is strongly advised to consult your doctor if you choose this type of treatment.
  • Prescription drugs such as anticonvulsants, antidepressants, antimigraines, etc., although not specific to the treatment of neuropathy, many doctors in their opinion prescribe them when they deem appropriate according to the case. Take into account possible side effects that could occur when taking long-term medications of this type.
  • Chiropractic, is the treatment by manipulation of the column. It is a treatment option for the relief of back pain and in certain cases is applicable to the relief of neuropathic pain when it comes to some nervous compression in the area.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a method of relaxation and coping skills.
  • Exercise, highly recommended, in any case. It is known that pain and weak or tense muscles are closely related. Free exercise like walking or swimming contributes to improved blood flow and oxygen throughout the body. It is clear that exercise helps all body functions improve.
  • Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation are techniques and physical methods such as exercise, manipulation of certain areas of the body, application of heat, cold, etc. These therapies enhance the functions of the entire body and help the patient manage pain by accelerating recovery.

diabetic neuropathy treatment

Treatment for Neuropathy
with the smart medical device "ReBuilder®"*.

This is a treatment applicable to all types of neuropathy, including peripheral neuropathy, mono-neuropathy, polyneuropathy of any origin such as diabetic neuropathy*.

We recommend treatment with the ReBuilder® electronic medical device. Effective, non-invasive, without side effects and very easy to apply. The ReBuilder® electronically measures the state of the nerves and corrects the dysfunction*.

ReBuilder® is a medical device registered with the FDA for the treatment of chronic pain, such as diabetic neuropathy. The ReBuilder® uses a pair of adhesive electrodes to transfer the 7.83 Hz frequency to the nerve endings. Their action is based on opening the nerve pathways and re-educating them to act normally. Because the ReBuilder® has an intelligent microprocessor built in, it adapts the signal according to the therapeutic needs of the individual.

ReBuilder® can determine abnormalities in nerve waves and then adjust the treatment. It is used by placing the adhesive electrodes on the soles of the feet and / or on the palms of the hands. If diabetic neuropathy suffers in the lower limbs, the signal travels from one foot to the other by going up the legs and passing through the lower back, forming a continuous closed circuit in real time. The same happens if you place the adhesive electrodes on the palms of the hands. In this case the signal travels from one hand to the other passing through the arms and the upper part of the back.

The ReBuilder® in this way treats the peripheral nerves effectively and completely as it reactivates the nerve circuit*. As a result it improves blood circulation, returns sensitivity, contracts and retracts muscles, decreases stiffness and all other strange sensations such as tingling, burning, etc*. This is why it is highly recommended for those suffering from "diabetic foot". Relieving pain and any discomfort then becomes evident*. You can regain your normal lifestyle*.

Information about this treatment in the category "Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment".