Peripheral Neuropathy in Cedar Park TX

Acupuncture & Wellness Cedar Park TX Neuropathy Specialist

What is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Simply put, it is damage to your peripheral nerves. Like static on a telephone line when there is peripheral neuropathy the message between the brain and the rest of the body becomes distorted or interrupted. Peripheral Nerves are outside the brain and spinal cord and carry information back and forth from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.

“Peripheral” means away from the center: and this system contains the nerves that connect the Central Nervous System to the muscles, skin, and internal organs. Damaged peripheral nerves do not communicate properly with the brain. For example, patients may experience a painful, burning sensation on their feet but do not actually have burning skin; their nerves are just sending incorrect signals to the brain, and the brain intercepts those incorrect signals accordingly.


What does it feel like? What are the Symptoms?Hand and Feet Pain

Some neuropathies come on suddenly; others develop gradually over many years. The symptoms depend on the type of nerves affected and the location of the nerve. Most people’s symptoms start with tingling, weakness, numbness, and/or pain in the feet, hands, arms and legs.

Most symptoms occur in the “stocking and glove” areas

Here are some of the telltale signs people describe:

Weakness.

Weakness

Usually caused by damage to the motor nerves (connected to the muscles), foot symptoms include the foot dropping or lagging behind, while leg symptoms include difficulty walking or running, “heaviness” – it takes most of your strength just to climb the stairs – and stumbling or tiring easily. Muscle cramps may be common. In the arms, difficulties with carrying a load of groceries, opening jars, turning door knobs, or combing your hair. Or you may be frustrated to find you keep dropping things you thought you had a good grip on.

Numbness, tingling, burning and pain.

Numbness TinglingThe sensory nerves (connected to the skin), when damaged, can cause many different symptoms. Early on, you may have spontaneous sensations (called paresthesias), which include numbness, tingling, pins and needles, prickling, burning, cold, pinching, sharp, deep stabs, electric shocks, or buzzing. They are usually worse at night and are often painful and severe, or you may have unpleasant, abnormal sensations brought on by touching or other stimuli (dysesthesias). Or instead, you have a lessening or absence of sensation, which can cause you to burn or cut yourself and not know it (anesthesia)

Black and White GraphicAbsence of Proprioception (Position Sense).

When you have this symptom, you’re probably not sure just where your feet are and may thus be uncoordinated and unsteady when you walk. Or you may realize that the way you walk has changed but are not sure exactly how or why. Chances are you have widened your gait in an unconscious effort to keep your balance, or that you tend to drag your feet.

“Glove and Stocking Sensation.”

This is what doctors call the odd feeling you may have that you’re wearing stockings or gloves or slippers when, in fact, your hands and feet are completely bare.

Other Symptoms

Damage to the autonomic nerves can cause difficulty breathing, heart problems, dizziness when standing up, constipation, bladder dysfunction, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, reduced or inability to sweat, and/or thinning of the skin, with easy bruising and poor healing.


Peripheral Neuropathy Causes

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There are over 100 Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy, the most common are as follows:

  • Physical Injury/Trauma (auto accidents, falls, sports related, etc)
  • Systemic Diseases (metabolic & endocrine disorders, diabetes, hypothyroid, etc)
  • Vitamin Deficiencies (deficiency in Vit E, B1, B6, B12)
  • Vascular Damage & Blood Diseases (vasculitis, stroke, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren’s)
  • Repetitive Stress (continuous use of the wrists or back that is forceful, awkward and requires flexing of any group of joints for prolonged periods
  • Toxins (heavy metals, alcohol, anti-cancer drugs, anti-convulsants, anti-viral agents, antibiotics, cholesterol meds)

Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment

According to Allopathic medicine peripheral neuropathy can’t be cured, but you can do a lot things to prevent it from getting worse. Therefore allopathic medicine will use different types of medications to minimize your symptoms.

No matter what is suspected to be the cause of your neuropathy they all have one thing in common, chronic inflammation. This Inflammation deprives your nerves of nutrients, like oxygen, which is vital for nerve regeneration. So you would think that if you could decrease inflammation from your peripheral nerves and improve oxygen delivery to your nerves, then your peripheral nerves would start to regenerate, right?

Our Nerve Reboot™ Program does just that, and that’s why our patients not only see a decrease or elimination of their symptoms, they also are able to regain their quality of life.

Our Nerve Reboot™ Program does 2 things that no other neuropathy program, therapy or supplement does, we:

  1. INCREASE blood circulation directly to your peripheral nerves. We do this by sending a message to your brain to tell it to move more blood to your nerves and specific organs. This results in decreased inflammation and improved nutrient delivery to your peripheral nerves.
  2. RETRAIN your brain to self heal your body again. We do this via Rebooting your nervous system by sending your brain a program for self-healing. This helps re-establish the connection between your brain and your peripheral nerves. When your brain is once again communicating with your peripheral nerves then self-healing occurs.

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