Advanced Treatment for the Debilitating Effects of Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathy affects more than 20 million Americans, or 1 in every 15 people. It is also estimated that 60% of diabetics suffer from this disorder. There are many different kinds of neuropathy, the symptoms range from burning, tingling, weakness to numbness, paralysis, and the dull constant pain usually in the toes, feet, legs, fingers, hands and arms.
This damage is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow.
The most common method doctors will recommend to treat neuropathy is with prescription drugs that may temporarily reduce symptoms. These drugs have names such as Gabapentin/Neurotin, Lyrica, and Cymbalta and are primarily antidepressant or anti-seizure drugs. These drugs may cause discomfort and have a variety of harmful side effects. Here at Fairwood Health, we are passionate about helping you live pain-free.
Let Fairwood Health Treat Your Neuropathy
Here at Fairwood Health, we are passionate about helping you live pain-free.
Our treatment protocol addresses the root cause of your nerve pain instead of masking the symptoms with drugs. If you're looking to finally end your neuropathy pain then sign up for a free screening to see if our treatment plan is right for you. We can't wait to meet you in our office.
"I was on 14 medications and my doctors had told me I may need to have my foot amputated. I hadn’t been able to wear shoes other than sandals for years because of my swollen and painful feet. After going through this program I’ve lost weight and my foot pain is gone. I can now wear normal shoes." - Patient, N.S., Age 58
The Pain of Peripheral Neuropathy
Twenty-nine million Americans have diabetes. Peripheral neuropathy, also known as diabetic nerve pain, is a complication that frequently occurs when blood sugar stays elevated over time. One in five people with diabetes suffers from diabetic nerve pain.
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
Diabetes causes diabetic nerve pain because elevated blood sugar damages nerves. In the beginning, it may have no symptoms.
Prolonged exposure to high glucose damages the delicate fibers that nerves use to send signals. It also weakens capillary walls, cutting off the supply of oxygen and other nutrients nerves need.
Lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol use, and a poor diet can increase the damage and make diabetic nerve pain worse.
Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms
Pain is the body’s way of telling you something’s wrong. Muscle pain results when you have an injury or overwork an area. Muscles signal the brain so you know to give them a break. With proper care, the muscle heals.
Nerve pain is different. When diabetes damages your nerves, they send signals to the brain even when you’re doing things that aren’t painful. If your nerves send pain signals that it hurts to put on your shoes, avoiding shoes for a while won’t solve the problem. The issue isn’t in your feet, it’s in your damaged nerves.
Some symptoms of nerve pain are:
· Shooting, burning pain
· A feeling of pins and needles or electric shock
· Sensitivity to touch
· Tingling or stinging
· Pain that radiates out from one spot
Treatment for Diabetic Nerve Pain
The best treatment is prevention. If you have diabetes, reduce your risk for peripheral neuropathy by controlling blood sugar, maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding cigarettes and excessive drinking, and managing your cholesterol and blood pressure through proper diet and exercise.
Here are some options that may help you manage your pain.
Eat Healthy Foods. Avoiding blood sugar spikes minimizes pain for some people with peripheral neuropathy. Stay away from processed foods and refined sugars. Replace them with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.
Exercise. It’s hard to start when moving hurts, but exercise helps lower blood glucose and reduce pain.
Talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you slow nerve damage and develop a healthy eating plan. He or she also might prescribe medicine that helps you manage your pain.
At Fairwood Health and Body Transition, we provide customized treatment for neuropathic pain. Our patients typically report relief in less than three treatments.