In my 30+ years in practice I have seen many debilitating types of disorders that have responded to our unique form of health care. However, neuropathy in Fort Worth seems to be one of the most serious ones that absolutely requires an approach not often seen by mainstream medicine, or so-called traditional approaches, especially medication and managing the effects. The good news is we can help you.
Peripheral neuropathy refers to a problem with the peripheral nerves. These nerves send messages from the central nervous system, the brain and the spinal cord to the rest of the body, as well send messages back to the brain.
The peripheral nerves tell the body when, for example, the feet or hands are cold. It can lead to tingling, prickling, numbness, and muscle weakness in various parts of the body.
At Upper Cervical Clinic of North Texas, peripheral neuropathy can affect a range of different nerves, so it can impact a variety of locations in different ways. It can affect a single nerve, or several nerves at the same time. Often when it effects the lower extremities, it is common to lose the sense of balance from the loss of sensation, and the ability to know where your limbs are in space, resulting in falls from imbalance. This can be very serious.
It is also associated with a number of different underlying medical conditions, and at times there is no identifiable cause.
It affects some 20 million people in the United States (U.S.).
Facts About Peripheral Neuropathy
- Neuropathy is a common effect or manifestation of a number of different medical conditions.
- It can involve the autonomic nerves, the motor nerves, and the sensory nerves and can effect the lower extremities as well as the upper extremities.
- Sometimes it affects a single nerve or nerve set, for example, in Bell's Palsy, which affects a facial nerve. At Upper Cervical Clinic of North Texas in Fort Worth, we have clinical treatment available through exacting imaging helping us to get the cause of the palsy in these facial cases.
- Physical trauma, repetitive injury, infection, metabolic problems, and exposure to toxins and some drugs are all possible causes. This is why personalized nutrition is a must in these chronic and difficult cases.
- People with diabetes have a high risk of neuropathy as well as those having undergone chemotherapy.
Neuropathy Care in Fort Worth
Neuropathy care either targets the underlying cause, or it aims to provide symptomatic pain relief and prevent further damage. In our opinion, merely treating the symptoms or "managing" the effects of neuropathy is counter productive.
In the case of diabetic neuropathy as an example, addressing high blood sugar can prevent further nerve damage, no question. For toxic causes of neuropathy, removing the exposure to a suspected toxin, or stopping a drug, can stop further damage to the nerve.
Of course, medications can relieve pain and reduce the symptoms of burning, numbness, and tingling, but again, does nothing for the cause or ultimately reversing the disorder.
"Managing" Neuropathic Pain and the use of Drugs
Medications that manage these symptoms (effects) can include the following:
- Epilepsy medication, such as carbamazepine or neurontin (gabapentin).
- Antidepressant medication such as venlafaxine
Opioids or tramadol
- Opioid painkillers come with warnings about the risks and are presently a big health health concern nationwide.
- Duloxetine is used for those with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy.
Doctors in Fort Worth can also prescribe Lidoderm containing lidocaine as a skin patch, for temporary, localized pain relief.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may help control the pain as well. These are available over the counter, but usually are not the answer to your problem.
Topical ointments and creams, such as capsaicin 0.075 percent cream, containing chili pepper, may ease pain.
Again, all of these are only managing the symptoms but not the cause.
There is an answer that addresses the CAUSES!
A Much Different Approach - OUR Approach
The procedures here at Upper Cervical Clinic of North Texas utilized are recognized as addressing the cause and not the effects or the symptoms. This is the ONLY way to move back toward health and not the other way, or closer to ill health. Because there are many causes of neuropathy, there is not a 'one size fits all' as in an approach using pharmaceuticals.
I always tell my patients in Forth Worth that "it's not an absence of the drug in your system that causes the symptoms of neuropathy, therefore, doesn't it make sense that it may not be the answer?" Well of course it makes sense. Our mission is to help as many individuals to regain their health as possible.
For this reason, we have implemented through he use of technology, the 'Blueprint to Neuropathy' protocol as our natural approach. With this technology we can impact the lives or more people. After you attend a brief seminar explaining what we do, we will either perform a consultation and evaluation on that same day or schedule you a follow-up. The evaluation is very detailed and specific to the neurological root causes of neuropathy. A report of findings will follow along with recommendations if your case is accepted.
Patients can be seen minimally in our clinic initially, once or twice a week, and can then actually perform many of the prescribed modalities in a home setting. This enables a more consistent approach, more often, which will allow for healing at a much faster pace.
If you are reading this and have neuropathy, or know someone who does, please don't put off calling us at Upper Cervical Clinic of North Texas. It's the first step to addressing the cause and not suffering needlessly. We are looking forward to making a difference in your life.