Sometimes my waiting room feels like a bad B-movie. There are all kinds of weak spirits, barely able to walk. They look glowing on their faces with the huge amount of drugs they use to calm their nerves. My for fee is mostly the final stop in the train for these devotees. It is not an exaggeration to say that they have been everywhere and tried everything. His medical records usually cost more than a Phoenix Metro phone book. Have. They are desperate and emotional. Still, you can’t blame them, because the best medical care available has done little to help them. There is an indefinite choice between horrible pain in their legs and feet or a drug-induced idiot like a zombie. Not like much, that’s why they come to see me. For one more “last chance” to get his life back. They are hoping for one more option besides the constant pain and the fog of powerful drugs. Their hopes have been raised and rushed many times, yet they are willing to try another thing to get some relief. They suffer from peripheral neuropathy.
What is neuropathy?
The literal translation of neuropathy means: neuro = relating to nerves and pathology. Therefore, neuropathy is followed by “sick nerves”. People have big problems when nerves get sick. The nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of the body. It is a communication system that carries information from one part of the body to another. It is what allows the organs to communicate and respond to what the body needs to function in the internal parts and external environment.
When nerves are damaged, they send signals when they are not believed, or when they do not want to send signals. This plays havoc with the body’s complex command and control systems by knocking out proper communication between various organs and tissues.
So anything that interferes with the normal communication process inside the body has a negative effect on the person. Simply put, a sick person is a sick person.
Neuropathy can occur anywhere in the body, but is common in the lower extremities and especially in the legs. Often the foot effect occurs first and the symptoms progress in the body. Usually the hands are also affected. The classic sign of clinically neuropathy is pain or numbness in the “glove and stocking” pattern. Meaning the patient has difficulties in their arms and legs.
Severe cases of neuropathy can damage the nerves that control the stomach, heart, or other organs. This causes all sorts of secondary signs and symptoms, depending on which nerve is damaged and the organs that are controlled by the nerve.
When the nerves begin to regenerate, troublesome symptoms can also appear. When nerves are damaged, they are repaired by sprouts. These immature nerve sprouts, called rootlets, are very sensitive. They send spontaneous signals and are very sensitive to stimuli. Touching the skin in the area of these immature rootlets can also bring pain to the patient’s clothing. For the patient to be well relieved, it is necessary to help these immature rootlets develop and mature to reduce their mechanical sensitivity.
Neuropathy is the most common connection to the nervous system. Despite the fact that this condition affects many people, the typical approach to treatment is usually inadequate.
I want to share with you the stories of my two patients. They are real patients, and have agreed to allow me to discuss their cases, but nevertheless, I will change their names, to protect their privacy.
They represent common types of neuropathy in our office fees. Norb is a 90 year old life. He has been suffering from diabetes for years. He has kept his diabetes under control and is in significant health and good spirits. He still drives and is very active in the community. It was not until he developed a sting and burning pain in his leg. Over the next few months her toes turned flammable red. He experienced burning pain at night which he rated as 10 to 10 on a pain basis. Then developed many small sores from his toes. Needless to say, Norb went to every kind of imaginative imager. His condition worsened until one day, when he received a terrible warning from his diabetes specialist. Norb’s toes had to be amputated. As you can imagine Norb was devastated.
Norb was also lucky, as he gave his story to a dental hygienist who happened to be a patient in our office fees. She told him how we used a little simple red laser light to help with her leg problems. Norb will schedule an appointment for evaluation in a last-ditch effort to save his toe.
When I met Norb he could barely stand because of the pain in his leg. He had some sores on his toes called diabetic ulcers and a few more on his shin. The stack of medical records he had brought with him so his wife had to take him. He admitted to me that he had tried many other treatments and had seen many other doctors; He had little hope that anything could help him. This is the admission I have heard time and time again from patients with our neuropathy.
I told Norb that I couldn’t promise anything to her, but could offer her a variety of treatments, contrary to what she had tried before. I was trying to counteract Norb’s neuropathy using 2000 year old treatments, acupuncture and 21st century treatments, lower level laser therapy. I also started them with a plant called Centelia asiatica which studies show can help regenerate nerve tissue.
We had less than a month to make enough changes to Norb’s feet to persuade the surgeon not to cut his toes. Four silver needles were inserted into Norb’s foot at the acupuncture points described thousands of years ago. The ulcers in Norb’s toes were “painted” with low-level laser light. We treated Norb every day and by the end of the first week, something remarkable happened. The angry flammable red tissue in Norb’s legs turned to a healthy pink. Headaches over ulcers. By the end of the second week, Norb’s legs looked as healthy as 40 years old. His 10 to 10 pain rating dropped to zero. When his surgeon was pleased and canceled his dissection.
It’s been a year now and Norb had withdrawn his ugly head several times from his neuropathy. Each time, a hair-like silver needle and a simple red light restrained the nasty beast.
Neuropathy does not like the elderly and infirm. It will not spare the young and healthy. I want to tell you about Jon (renamed again). John was a very successful executive secretary in his late forties. One day his legs started aching. He was annoyed at first. But quickly her legs and feet began to ache so terribly she became incapacitated. The burning and weakness in her legs had gotten so bad that she was riding in bed. Like all our neuropathy patients, she was imaginative of every kind of doctor. She was quickly diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. Unlike Norb, whose neuropathy was secondary to diabetes, the cause of John’s neuropathy could not be determined. She is one of a large group of patients diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy. Or neuropathy of unknown cause or origin. Despite standard medical care, it spiraled downward. She was completely disabled, lost her job and was given a terrible prognosis. There is no known cause for her neuropathy, she did not respond to standard medical treatment and she will probably continue to worsen. She was asked to consider the possibility of becoming a wheelchair before reaching her 50th birthday. The specialist she was seeing told her that there was really nothing she or anyone could do for her and that she had no need to reschedule an appointment with him.
She wasn’t in a wheelchair when I first saw her, but she should be. She couldn’t stay without catching someone or something completely. Took her forever from our waiting room to the treatment room. It was on all sorts of powerful drugs that made it difficult to focus or communicate. She was typical, had an ack glow of medical records testifying to the futility of previous medical treatments. Neuropathy took her from an independent woman for a total disability with a high-paying job.
She couldn’t work, she couldn’t communicate with her family, she could barely walk, and all the experts who consulted her gave her a serious diagnosis after a terrible prognosis.
I told him about a 2000 year old remedy from China that recent studies suggest could increase nerve regeneration. She heard about the good results our neuropathy patients get through low-level laser therapy and acupuncture. She realized that there was nothing left for her to offer in standard medical care and she was ready to try this and other types of alternative medicine. He admitted that he had nothing left to lose.
Jon was acute with neuropathy; We gave it a range of natural substances, including specific amino acids, elk antler velvet and other factors that promote nerve growth. We used acupuncture and laser and ultrasound and electrical stimulation to stimulate the nerves in her legs. She was very dedicated and we treated her for four months.
You should see her today. She’s not well, but she’s quite normal. She goes through weeks without severe pain and is able to prevent or reduce many of her pain medications. He plays with his grandchildren and he describes, “closer than usual to anyone’s imagination”.
These cases represent what is possible with the integration of alternative medicine with standard medical care. Do all neuropathic patients react this way? Unfortunately the answer is no. But alternative medicine and integrated neurology make tremendous promises for patients who have lost all hope of being given up by standard medical care.
What is more, modern scientific studies on many alternative interventions are documenting their effectiveness. Offering help and hope like Norb and John for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.