Neuropathy essentially means "an abnormal and degenerative condition of the nervous system".
Neuropathy may be diffuse, by affecting many parts of the body, or, focal, affecting a single specific nerve or part of the body.
The two categories of Diffuse Neuropathy are: Peripheral Neuropathy, affecting the hands and feet, and Autonomic Neuropathy, affecting the internal organs.
This is the most common type; damaging the nerves of the limbs, especially the feet affecting both sides of the body.
Common symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy are:
- Numbness or insensitivity to pain or temperature
- Tingling, burning or prickling sensations
- Sharp pains or cramps (or like walking on sponges)
- Extreme sensitivity to touch, even light touch
- Loss of balance and coordination
Most of these symptoms are often worse at night.
Autonomic Neuropathy (also called Visceral Neuropathy): This is another form of diffuse neuropathy. It affects the nerves that serve the heart and internal organs.
Neuropathy affecting the organs via nerve damage can lead to:
- Urinary incontinence
- Lack of sexual function
- Digestion issues (the stomach emptying slowly, bloating, persistent nausea and vomiting)
- Lower bowel problems (Constipation, diarrhea)
- The cardiovascular system (which controls the circulation throughout the body)
Damage to this system affects the signal for the blood in regulating blood pressure and heart rate. One can feel dizzy upon standing as a result (orthostatic hypotension or low blood pressure recovery). This type of Neuropathy can affect the body's perception of pain from heart disease. People may not experience angina as a warning sign of heart disease and suffer painless heart attacks.
It can also lead to Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This condition makes it difficult to recognize and treat an insulin reaction.
Amputations Caused by Pre-Diabetes to Full-Blown Diabetes:
Uncontrolled diabetes (even on medication) results from poor diet, lack of exercise and unstable sugar levels. These can lead to conditions such as Neuropathy, which affects the whole body potentially leading to amputations.
Unstable Glucose levels (high blood sugar due to diet) harms nerves and blood vessels. This affects circulation, especially in the limbs and extremities. This will then lead to Diabetic Neuropathy, which damages nerve fibers, causing numbness that leads to injuries and/or infections due to decreased sensations. The blood circulation is then compromised, leading to infections, injuries, foot ulcers, which can then lead to foot and leg amputations. This is because the blood cannot circulate fast enough to heal wounded areas.
Now, What can be done about Neuropathy?
Using the latest and most recent technologies, I now offer a non-invasive, non-surgical and painless neuropathy pain treatment.
I help patients reduce or even eliminate their neuropathy pain using nutritional therapies and deep tissue light therapy combined with muscle stimulation which increases oxygen and nutrients to the legs and feet.
The overall effect is to restore the environment for healthy vibrant nerves which are not in a state if dis-ease. Healthy nerves equals healthy legs.