Metabolic syndrome used to be called pre-diabetes. It is a devastating syndrome where blood sugar and blood fats are not handled properly, predisposing us to heart and vascular illnesses, diabetes of course. The frightening thing is how often so many professionals don’t stress its significance and preventive strategies in daily practice. We are seeing more and more of it in younger ages, where the first presenting sign is peripheral neuropathy. We’ll have way more on this next time.
Knowing if you have peripheral neuropathy should be very straightforward. Unfortunately, patients with peripheral neuropathy suffer greatly. In my experience and the experience of many physicians, patients have symptoms for years, which gradually build to a crescendo before they present to our offices.
These symptoms initially may include such things as mild loss of sensation of the hands and the feet, progressive worsening of tingling and numbness that will oftentimes wake the patient at night, or completely disturbed sleep.
We also find that many patients with peripheral neuropathy have a combination of these most annoying symptoms. This could include not only the presence of tingling and numbness but shooting pains. I have had many patients tell me that one of the most annoying symptoms, especially in colder climates, is the coolness of the feet as well as the (trophic) changes that occur in the skin. Sometimes, that is extreme dryness, cracking, fragility etc.
The diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy really is a diagnosis of exclusion. I tell my doctors this all the time. It is very important to have a doctor working with you, who is able to perform the most thorough evaluation possible, evaluate all most your records to make sure that all correctible causes of peripheral neuropathy have been addressed. If a root cause can be identified it should be addressed as completely as is medically and humanly possible.
A diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy is more about making sure of everything it’s not. Therefore, our client doctors who take care of peripheral neuropathy patients commonly work with many physicians of other disciplines. The reasons for this should be quite obvious. It is very important that all the things we spoke about earlier, such as family history, genetics, medication usage, etc are all accounted for.
We also have to be on the lookout for iatrogenically caused neuropathy from medical care such as chemotherapy for cancer or other illnesses.
Another area which concerns me greatly is when patients self-medicate with over-the-counter medications or maybe even herbal preparations that possibly could be contaminated with heavy metals or plant toxins. I strongly advise you to seek professional counseling before creating irreversible damage to your liver or kidneys.
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Do You Have The Skills to Help Don and Louise?
This past month we’ve really seen some great variant applications of the NeuropathyDR™ protocol.
And you know what? Its all because there is nothing else out there to help some of the cases we are now able to dramatically improve quality of life for.
Don is 85, has had post-herpetic neuralgia for 5 years, his meds even put him in renal failure. When he first came to see us, he was having 40-50 attacks of lancinating pain per day. A after 1 ND designed PHN protocol sessions these subside to 4-5, and as he implements the full protocol starts to “reawaken” after years of misery.
Louise is 94. I had treated her for years after her Gullain Barre Syndrome, kept her somewhat mobile and comfortable.
But then I took a look at what ND has done with other sensory neuropathic conditions and adopted a PGB protocol. Less than 2 weeks later, she can dorsiflex her ankles fully, and walks mostly without her cane. After 20 years of daily misery and emotional anguish of not being able to feel her feet!
Do you have the skills to help these patients?
Well, even after 27 years of practice, thousands of hours of education and report after report that said theres little to no help for these patients, that’s all changed.
Doctor, these patients are clamoring, calling and knocking in my door for help.
If you think you have what it takes to be a NeuropathyDR™, please call us today at 781-754-0599, or learn more at http://bit.ly/NDTODAY