Reversing Peripheral Neuropathy
What are the treatment options for Peripheral Neuropathy?
The primary thing done by the vast majority of conventional medical practitioners is to prescribe various medications to treat the 'symptoms' of PN rather than to correct the underlying cause of it.
Medications typically used include:
Pain medications ranging from over-the-counter pain meds, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to opioids. These do not address the underlying cause of the problem and is simply focused on masking the pain.
Anti-seizure medications such as gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin, Horizant) and pregabalin (Lyrica). These medications were developed primarily to treat epilepsy and may relieve 'nerve pain.' Side effects include drowsiness and dizziness. These do not address the underlying cause of the problem and is simply focused on masking the pain.
Topical treatments such as capsaicin cream or lidocaine patches. This does not address the underlying cause of the problem and is simply focused on masking the pain.
Antidepressants including certain tricyclic meds such as amitriptyline, doxepin (Silenor, Zonalon) and nortriptyline (Pamelor). These may help to relieve pain by interfering with chemical processes in your brain and spinal cord. These do not address the underlying cause of the problem and is simply focused on masking the pain.
Other antidepressants like serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors like Cymbalta and the extended-release antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor XR) also might ease the pain of peripheral neuropathy. Side effects include things like dry mouth, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, decreased appetite, and constipation. These do not address the underlying cause of the problem and is simply focused on masking the pain.
Other Treatments Used
- TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) involves electrodes placed on the skin to deliver a gentle electric current at varying frequencies. This does not address the underlying cause of the problem and is simply focused on masking the pain.
- Plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin is used to help suppress immune system activity which may benefit those with certain inflammatory conditions. This involves removing blood, then removing antibodies and other proteins from the blood and returning the blood to your body. In immune globulin therapy, you receive high levels of proteins that work as immunoglobulins / antibodies.
- Physical therapy is also used if there is associated muscle weakness. Hand or foot braces, a cane, walker, or wheelchair may also be prescribed.
- Surgery may be used in cases where there is direct pressure on nerves, such as pressure from tumors, bulging or herniated discs, scar tissue, etc. to relieve the pressure.
- Manual Manipulative therapies can also play a beneficial role in cases where the pressure is coming from damaged connective tissue, tight muscles, restricted fascia, neuromuscular trigger points, or joint malalignment.
- Other Electrical Pain Modulation Devices such as the Sanexas ®, which is currently being aggressively marketed to both doctors and patients to treat the pain associated with neuropathy and some other conditions. This does not address the underlying cause of the problem and is simply focused on masking the pain.
Additional Alternative Treatment Approaches
Acupuncture is a well-established method to support the body to regain proper function and heal from a variety of challenges. It can be particularly helpful as a non-medication-based method of pain reduction and management. Additionally, by restoring proper energy movement through blocked areas it can assist the body to function more efficiently. There is no current research that we are aware of that indicates that it can reverse the progression of PN.
Nutritional Support assists the body in the repair and maintenance of all tissues. A nutritional imbalance can definitely lead to some of the damage and symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy. Vitamins B12 and Folic Acid in particular can be associated with nerve damage. Any sound program that seeks to help the body repair and maintain proper functioning has to consider and incorporate proper nutritional support.
Some of the Best Documented and Promising Approaches:
- Light Therapy (both Red and Near Infrared) such as The Anodyne have been documented to dramatically enhance the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis).
- Specific Electrical Frequency Devices such as The Rebuilder have been documented to help repair, retrain, and restore damaged nerves.
- EWOT (Exercise with Oxygen Therapy) is the only approach that is documented to restore & reset the Microcirculation. By restoring microcirculation, ALL the tissues of the body benefit.
- Whole Body Vibration Therapy is well-documented to enhance circulation & oxygenation of the tissues in addition to enhancing protein synthesis, muscle strength, and overall rejuvenation.
Clearly, the only way to address the cause of the problem is to help the body to restore proper blood supply and nerve structure. Once the blood supply and nerves are restored, the nerves can be retrained to perform their appropriate functions. Structure must be restored for function to be restored.
Treating and masking the pain will not accomplish any of that.
We utilize a combination of Light Therapy, Regenerative Electrical Frequencies, Whole Body Vibration, and Oxygen Training along with proper Nutritional Support and Coaching on Lifestyle Modification and Diet to support your body to repair the underlying damage.
Due to the nature of rebuilding blood vessels and nerves, this requires a rigorous approach where you need to do your part. Are you up to it? Schedule a consultation to learn more and see if you are a fit for our approach.