Peripheral neuropathy is a frustrating, life impairing condition which is all too often inaccurately diagnosed and only treated with medications. Fortunately, with the recent advances in neurologic treatment technologies, relief is available for many neuropathy sufferers.
Five Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Burning or freezing sensations
- Prickling or tingling sensations
- Shooting/electric sensations
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition where the nerves that connect our central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) to our extremities have been damaged. Peripheral nerves carry more than just pain messages. Other nerve fibers carry information about temperature, pressure and proprioception (localization of a body part). This is why a neuropathy sufferer may have burning, freezing or throbbing sensations. They often find it difficult to walk, go up and down stairs and maintain their balance. Falling is a serious risk for neuropathy sufferers. Many are miserable because of the chronic symptoms they experience, the loss of sleep and the overall impact on their quality of life. There are numerous causes for peripheral neuropathy ranging from diabetes to statin medication use. Most cases are diagnosed as idiopathic, meaning that the cause is unknown.
Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by a variety of chemical/metabolic imbalances. These imbalances can be caused by conditions ranging from toxic chemicals to chemotherapy treatment. Nutritional Therapy is designed to normalize body chemistry. This is accomplished through changes to diet such as eliminating foods that you are sensitive to, adding healthy foods and using nutritional supplements to assist in the rebalancing process. Individual consulting and treatment is available with our office. The following is a list of lab tests that would frequently be ordered to assess need for nutritional therapy for a neuropathy patient.
- CBC (complete blood counts)
- CMP (comprehensive metabolic panel)
- Homocysteine (an inflammatory marker)
- Lipid Panel
- Complete Thyroid Panel including TSH, T4, T3, T3 uptake, TBG, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3, TGB antibody and TPO antibody
- Iron panel including Ferritin
- Hemoglobin A1c
- Vitamin D 25 (OH)
- Adrenal -24 HR Cortisol Profile
- GI Permeability
- H Pylori Infection (for impaired digestion)
- Food Sensitivity/Cross Reactivity (Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Tapioca, Coffee etc.)
- Specialized, genetic testing for hereditary conditions like PMP-22 gene deletion