About The Nerve Doctors
"I have had long term severe pains and tingling in both of my feet that made it quite difficult to walk very far. I heard about "The Nerve Doctors" and their new treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy. I started the treatments which were completely painless and in a few weeks I was feeling so good that it felt like I was walking on clouds!
- Barbara Hassler
We specialize in the problems of:
1. Nerve Compression or "pinched nerves" typically caused by vertebral misalignments, muscle spasms, disc herniation/swelling, resulting in:
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
2. Peripheral Neuropathy: pain/tingling/numbness of legs/feet, arms/hands, typically caused by chronic nerve compression injuries, diabetes, statin drugs, and chemotherapy.
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Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is the term used to describe disorders of the peripheral nerves that control the arms, hand, legs, and feet. Even though 10 to 20 million people in the USA suffer with PN useful information is hard to come by. Approximately 50% of diabetics will develop the condition. Many people using statin medications ‘cholesterol drugs’ such as Lipitor, Mevacor, Prvachol, etc…will be affected by this mysterious and under-recognized malady due to the side affect that blocking cholesterol production has on elevation of blood sugar levels.
Introduction to Peripheral Neuropathy
by David M. Marquis, DC, DACBN
Neuropathy means “disease or abnormality of the nervous system” which is not a very helpful definition. We need to think of neuropathy as any DAMAGE to the nervous system. Carpal Tunnel syndrome, Sciatica 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 and 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 junction). And part of the nerve can be affected, but damage to axons is most common. The axon transmits signals from nerve cell or nerve cell to muscle. Most axons are surrounded by a substance call myelin, which facilitates transmission of nerve impulses.
Symptoms of PN are generally insidious and progressive. Those that come first often bring about a loss of a particular function. For example; loss of reflexes, loss of strength, loss of sensation like numbness. But these are rarely detectable to the patient, because the brain makes up the difference in the losses. Only after some time do the sick and damaged nerves develop the signs of a true neuropathy which are tingling, burning, biting, stabbing, shooting pains. This development is a reaction of the brain and the nervous system. Unfortunately, this over-reaction of the nervous system often tears apart the fiber of the patients’ lives.
Each patient describes their pain in 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 at 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, others over many years. Some people are affected only by a weakness in the arms and legs which leads 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, touching the ground, and this in turn causes them to fall very easily. These under-recognized sensory losses can only be detected with a proper clinical exam. Our approach has the necessary tools to uncover the underlying cause of this ’silent’ nerve damage.
Some people will eventually become unable to walk at all. Others start with a tingling, 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, because the pain never goes away. In fact, once started it only gets worse!
Currently, ordinary medicine has no cure for Peripheral Neuropathy. 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.
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help you (or someone you know), use our doctor finder to locate the practice closest to your home that specializes in this type of condition to schedule an appointment and see if you are a candidate for care.