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Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder of the peripheral nerves – the motor, sensory and autonomic nerves that connect the spinal cord to muscles, skin and internal organs. It usually affects the hands and feet, causing weakness, numbness, tingling and pain. Peripheral neuropathy’s course is variable: It can come and go, slowly progressing over many years, or it can become severe and debilitating. However, if diagnosed early, peripheral neuropathy can often be controlled.
Motor nerves send impulses from the brain and spine to all muscles in the body. This permits people to do activities like walking, catching a baseball, or moving the fingers to pick something up. Motor nerve damage can lead to muscle weakness, difficulty walking or moving the arms, cramps and spasms.
Sensory nerves send messages in the other direction – from the muscles back to the spinal cord and the brain. Special sensors in the skin and deep inside the body help people identify if an object is sharp, rough, or smooth; if it’s hot or cold; or if it’s standing still or in motion. Sensory nerve damage often results in tingling numbness, pain, and extreme sensitivity to touch.
Autonomic nerves control involuntary or
semi-voluntary functions, such as heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and sweating. When the autonomic nerves are damaged, a person’s heart may beat faster or slower.
They may get dizzy when standing up: sweat excessively; or have difficulty sweating at all. In addition, autonomic nerve damage may result in difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, problems with urination, abnormal pupil size, and sexual dysfunction.
What Causes Neuropathy?
Neuropathy has many different causes. The most common metabolic cause that is seen in a physician office is patients with diabetes. Nearly 60% of all patients with diabetes develop neuropathy. As if the pain, numbness, swelling, burning, tingling, sleepless nights, balance issues, along with all the other symptoms that go along with neuropathy is not bad enough, approximately 86,000 Americans each year undergo amputations as a result of uncontrolled neuropathy.
Other causes include:
➢ Drugs/prescription medication
➢ War toxins, industrial toxins
Despite the obvious benefits of pharmaco-therapy drugs for treating peripheral neuropathy, undesired side effects for patients have created serious concerns for physicians.
Numerous controlled research investigations have directed the astute medical community toward more “non-invasive” medical interventions, such as clinical Electroanalgesia to manage or mitigate patient problem with peripheral neuropathy.
For years many physicians have been helping patients by using this effective advanced physical medicine treatment known as Electroanalgesia by NeuroMed.
Electroanalgesia has been successfully used and documented by physicians for a wide variety of problems. Long term advantages of this treatment regimen include:
➢ Dramatic cost savings in both treatment and subsequent (lifelong) medications
➢ Allowing the patient to perform activities of daily living.
➢ Avoiding interventions or surgery in a patien for whom every other conservative alternative has been exhausted.
Although Electroanalgesia may seem like a new technology to many practitioners, it is actually one of the oldest and most documented medical sciences known. Cellular function has long been known and accepted to be influenced by specific bioelectric fields. The science of clinical electromedicine is based upon the concept that any medical treatment, regardless of the specialty or avenue of approach, can only stimulate, facilitate, or inhibit electrical or chemical processes in the body.
➢ Neuron Function Imitation (stimulate)
➢ Neuron Function Exhaustion (facilitate)
➢ Neuron Function Interruption (inhibit)
Q Are there any side effects?
A There are minimal side effects associated with Electroanalgesia and side effects rarely happen. Depending upon the individual and their medical condition, possible side effects may be; relaxed or fatigued sensation, mild headache, increased bowel activity, increase in sexual arousal, original pain seems to move to new location, and muscle soreness. High electrical current dosages may cause a topical burn. Discuss this situation with your physician immediately.
Q How many treatments are necessary?
A Generally people will receive 6-12 treatments; however this may vary depending on the person. Usually people will come in for treatment two to three times a week for 4-12 weeks. Normal treatment time varies between 15-25 minutes. It is extremely important to complete the regimen prescribed by your physician. Patient compliance affects treatment outcome. Your concern should be discussed with your doctor, but it is recommended that you follow the complete regimen for optimum results.
Q I have had 10 treatments and still I have this problem.
Should I continue the treatments?
A Discuss this with your physician. Your physician may want to change the treatment protocol indicated. In many conditions, Electroanalgesia are very successful. Results show that 75-80% of patients get better with treatment and have lasting results; however, there is no guarantee of success. Note that 20-25% of patients will claim they received little or no long-term relief. For this reason, other treatment options should be added or considered. Sometimes the treatment success can be more subtle than other therapeutic methods. You should discuss your options with your physician should you elect not to complete the prescribed treatment regimen.
In no case, and at no time, should the patient ever experience a burning or stinging sensation from the treatment under the electrodes. If a burning or stinging sensation is felt notify the clinician immediately!
DO YOU SUFFER FROM:
➢ BURNING PAIN
➢ LEG CRAMPING
➢ PAIN WHEN WALKING
➢ SHARP ELECTRICAL LIKE PAIN
➢ PRICKLING OR TINGLING FEET OR HANDS
➢ LEG CRAMPING
➢ DIFFICULTY SLEEPING FROM LEG AND FOOT DISCOMFORT
➢ LOSS OF BALANCE AND COORDINATION
➢ EXTREME SENSITIVITY TO TOUCH
➢ MUSCLE WEAKNESS