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Springs Integrated Health | 1465 Kelly Johnson Blvd. Suite 110 | Colorado Springs, CO 80920 | phone: (719) 445-6077 | text: (719) 641-8391 fax: (719) 323-6242

 Our Approach, using state of the art technology, we use a Non-invasive and Non-pharmaceutical approach to promote nerve health and allow your body to heal properly. Our approach is safe and effective, without the use of surgery or medications. No matter the type of neuropathy, we have a solution for you! Contact us to find out more or to schedule your consultation today!

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is damage to your nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord, often causing weakness, numbness and pain and typically occurs in your hands and feet, but may also affect other areas of your body.

Common Causes of Neuropathy

Many conditions can cause neuropathies:

  • Autoimmune disease. Some include Sjogren’s, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIPD), and vasculitis.

  • Diabetes. More than half the people with diabetes develop some type of neuropathy.

  • Infections. These include Lyme Disease, Epstein-Barr virus, Hepatitis B and C, Leprosy, Diptheria, and HIV.

  • Other Diseases. Kidney, liver, connective tissue or even underactive thyroids (hypothyroidism).

  • Alcoholism. Which may lead to vitamin deficiencies and thus cause neuropathies.

  • Exposure to poisons. These can be things such as industrial chemicals or heavy metals such as lead or mercury.

  • Medications. Most commonly are those used to treat cancer (chemotherapy).

  • Trauma. Direct trauma or pressure on nerves can also cause symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

 

Risk Factors for Neuropathy

  • Diabetes

  • Alcohol abuse

  • Vitamin deficiencies, especially B vitamins

  • Infections like Lyme Disease, Shingles, Epstein-Barr virus, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV

  • Autoimmune Diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus

  • Kidney, Liver or Thyroid Disorders

  • Exposure to Toxins

 

Symptoms of Neuropathy

 

This depends on the nerve that is damaged and can vary depending on what nerve is affected. Typically, the symptoms can be broken down into the following:

  • Sensory nerves receive sensation such as pain, vibration or touch, and temperature. If one of these nerves are affected the symptoms can thus vary but typically present as pain, numbness, tinging, a “lightening or shooting” sensation, or feeling like your wearing gloves or socks when you are not.

  • Motor nerves control muscles. When these nerves are affected, it can result in muscle twitching, muscle fatigue or weakness, pain during activities that shouldn’t cause pain such as standing or when something touches your skin, or even complete paralysis.

  • Autonomic nerves control functions like blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder function. Neuropathy of these nerves can cause changes the said function, such as heat intolerance, excess sweat or a lack of sweat, bowel or bladder problems, changes in blood pressure, dizziness or lightheadedness.

 

Common Treatments and Their Associated Risks

  • Pain Relievers – such as Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Associated Risks: heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney damage, stomach pain, stomach ulcers, increased bleeding (especially with aspirin), headaches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, or leg swelling.

  • Anti-seizure medication – such as gabapentin and pregabalin may relieve nerve pain.

Associated Risks: dizziness, drowsiness, unsteadiness, memory loss, difficulty speaking, viral infections, tremors, double vision, fever, jerky movements, mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, constipation, edema, breast swelling, and weight gain.

  • Topical treatments – capsaicin cream (found in hot peppers) and lidocaine patches may also cause improvement in symptoms.

Associated Risks: skin burning or irritation that may or may not go away depending on a persons tolerance, drowsiness, dizziness, numbness, decreased effectiveness over time, nervousness, blurred vision, blisters, bruises, and low blood pressure.

  • Antidepressants – tricyclic antidepressants have helped relieve pain by interfering in the chemical processes in your brain and spinal cord that cause you to feel pain.

Associated Risks: dry mouth, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, decreased appetite, constipation, weight gain of loss, blurred vision, low blood pressure on standing, rash, hives, and increased heart rate.

  • Surgery – if due to a tumor, you may need surgery to remove. Nerve ablation (destroying the nerve that carries pain signals to the brain) is also being used to treat.

Associated Risks: depending on the surgery, the risks can vary greatly. As for the nerve ablation, risks associated can include damage to surrounding tissues and vessels, paralysis, infections, increased sensitivity over the skin affected, and allergic reactions to anesthesia used for surgery. 

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – electrodes planed on the skin delivering a gently electric current at varying frequencies.

Associated Risks: irritation of skin at application site, muscle twitching, damage to open wounds, muscle pain, muscle soreness, unpleasant electric shocks to skin. Most of these side effects are a result of electrodes not being cleaned properly or device being used outside of Doctors guidelines.