Neuropathy is a condition that occurs when nerves are damaged from injury or illness. It can cause tingling, numbness, pain, and dysfunction. Conditions such as diabetes, infections, vitamin deficiencies, and autoimmune diseases can lead to neuropathy that can worsen into excruciating pain, or lose balance or the ability to walk.
Neuropathy can describe damage to a single peripheral nerve known as mononeuropathy or damage to multiple peripheral nerves called polyneuropathy. Examples of mononeuropathy are carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Some people get mononeuropathy from sitting for long periods of time, for example in a wheelchair. Polyneuropathy is the type of neuropathy associated with diabetes or vitamin B12 deficiency. Some experience loss of sensation, pain, and tingling in their feet, lower legs, and sometimes arms and hands. The neuropathy can range from mild to disabling pain.
Can the right foods and supplements help with neuropathy?
Yes it can. It can help, but it doesn’t always reverse the condition. In most cases, the neuropathy has gone too far to be reversed with diet. And it was usually a result of vitamin and nutrient malabsorption. This is usually due to digestive and bowel problems. When food is not broken down and nutrients are not properly absorbed, many diseases such as neuropathy can occur. An overdose of certain nutrients can also have negative effects, especially on the nerves. Vitamin B-6 is one of them. Be careful about taking supplements for a specific medical condition and get blood tests from a professional who has studied nutrition and can advise you on the specific doses of each supplement. Trying to do this yourself can worsen a condition such as neuropathy. Vitamin B-12 injections can help neuropathy. It is important for nerve health. Low values can cause peripheral neuropathy.
A deficiency in B-12 damages the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects the nerves. Without this protection, nerves cannot function properly. I generally recommend a methylated form of B-12 because methylation is a process in the body that some people cannot do on their own. I won’t go into this process in this article, but it’s worth noting at this point. You can have blood tests done to see if you are “methylated,” but I recommend that most of my patients get the methylation or methylcobalamin injections at my office. Very high doses of methylcobalamin are now being investigated in research for the treatment of peripheral neuropathies. There are other nutritional supplements available for treating neuropathy and if you would like to know more about them please call my office for advice.
Can Exercise Help With Neuropathy?
Yes sir. Research shows that daily exercise can help nerve damage. For this, strength training is very important. Walking and other cardiovascular exercises are important, but strengthening them helps build muscle and improves blood circulation. It can also relieve nerve pain.
What is PRP and how does it help with neuropathy?
PRP, or platelet rich plasma, comes from your own blood. Thats how it works. Your blood is drawn, spun down in a centrifuge, then the plasma and platelets are separated from the other blood components. The concentrated platelets are then injected into specific areas such as joints to allow them to heal and restore nerve function. Platelets are a part of the blood that contains healing proteins and growth factors that help healthy cells multiply. This is a safe alternative to harsh medication and other procedures. PRP is an effective means of restoring proper nerve function in many cases, especially when combined with ozone therapy. Patients who received this combination in my practice can feel much better and have returned to their daily lives without the symptoms of neuropathy slowing them down. The addition of ozone also speeds up the healing process. The combination of PRP and ozone is such a natural and safe way to reduce many of the symptoms of neuropathy.
If you or someone you know has neuropathy please call my practice for a free consultation. Please don’t wait for your symptoms to get worse, there may be hope that you can get your life back.
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