Peripheral neuropathy is when the nerve problem affects the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. In peripheral neuropathy the nerves of the extremities the toes, feet, legs, fingers, and arms are involved. The term proximal neuropathy has been used to refer to nerve damage that specifically causes pain in the thighs, hips, or buttocks.
Cranial neuropathy occurs when any of the twelve cranial nerves that exit from the brain directly are damaged. Two specific types are optic neuropathy and auditory neuropathy. Optic neuropathy damages the eye and the auditory neuropathy damages the ear.
Autonomic neuropathy is damage to the nerves of the involuntary nervous system, the nerves that control the heart and circulation, digestion, bowel and bladder function, the sexual response, and perspiration.
Focal neuropathy is neuropathy that is restricted to one nerve group or area of the body. Symptoms usually appear suddenly.
CAUSES OF NEUROPATHY:
Diabetes is the condition most commonly associated with neuropathy. It usually occurs when the patient has years of elevated blood sugar, is obese and has high cholesterol.
Deficiencies of the vitamins B12 and folate, as well as other B vitamins can cause damage to the nerves.
Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, and Guillain-Barre syndrome can cause neuropathies.
Some infections including HIV, leprosy, syphilis, Lyme disease and its coinfections can damage nerves.
Post-herpetic neuralgia, this is a complication of varicella zoster virus (shingles).
This is associated with alcohol and arises due to a direct toxicity to the nerve itself and poor nutrition with vitamin deficiencies.
Genetic or inherited disorders:
Examples include Friedreich’s ataxia and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.
Uremia from kidney failure:
Toxins and poisons can damage the nerves.
Examples include gold compounds, lead, arsenic, mercury, and industrial solvents and organophosphate pesticides.
Drugs or medication:
Certain drugs and medications can also cause damage. They include some of the chemotherapy drugs, as well as antibiotics.
Trauma and Injury:
Trauma or injury to the nerves with prolonged pressure on the nerves is a common cause of neuropathy. There is decreased blood flow with oxygen causing long-term damage.
By invading the nerve directly there is neuropathy due to pressure on the nerves.
Hypoxia (low oxygen):
Low oxygen levels with increased free radicals and inflammation with resultant fibrogen deposit and increased viscosity is also a factor.
I perform a complex evaluation including autoimmunity, food causing auto-antibodies, food allergies, infection, inflammation, viscosity, hormone levels, as well as mitochondrial function, heavy metals exam, and toxic evaluation.
ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT THERAPIES:
My main attempt here is to rebuild the myelin sheath, lower free radicals, and increase oxygen levels, lower inflammation, detoxify the heavy metals such as mercury, kill the infections, and repair the membrane of the nerve sheath.
- Intravenous therapies with IV Myers cocktail, vitamin C, phosphatidylcholine and intravenous ozone therapies. IV Chelation is also done.
- To increase oxygenation hyperbaric oxygen is used along with IV ozone several times a week.
- Pulsed electromagnetic frequency (PEMF) is also used to increase blood flow, increase oxygenation, and increase stem cell generation.
- Far infrared sauna is used for detoxification and raise nitric oxide.
- Frequency specific microcurrent is also used and has been shown to be quite valuable.
- Photon therapy with a light beam generator is also utilized.
The attempt here is to increase oxygenation, lower auto-antibodies, decrease inflammation, and decrease free radicals to increase mitochondrial function and ATP generation, to rebuild the myelin sheath. Increases blood flow is very important. Detoxification with Chelation is also needed. Hormones are balanced. Vitamin and mineral levels are checked and given back as needed.