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10 Symptoms of Neuropathy

Symptoms of neuropathy occur when a set of nerves become damaged or stop working correctly.  The most common type is called “peripheral neuropathy” which occurs when sensory nerves coming from areas like the hands and feet malfunction. Rather than sending appropriate information about touch, temperature and motion, the nerves may begin sending confusing signals or they may stop working altogether.  Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy may begin suddenly or may develop over time.

10 common symptoms of neuropathy include:

  1. Tingling or prickling sensations – Portions of your feet, legs or hands may have a “pins and needles” sensation.
  2. Burning or itching sensation – Patches or larger areas of your skin may feel as if they are “on fire” or itch severely.
  3. Numbness – Your toes or fingers, soles of feet or palms or larger areas may go “numb”.
  4. Feeling of coldness – Your feet, legs or hands may feel like they are cold even if the actual skin temperature is normal
  5. Unnoticed injuries – if an injury occurs or develops on the foot or other affected area, a lack of sensation may prevent you from noticing. Injuries that are not treated may become more severe.
  6. Extreme sensitivity – Areas of your skin may become oddly sensitive to even the slightest touch. This is known as “paresthesia”.
  7. Shooting pains – You may experience shooting pains in the affected area or nearby. These pains may “come and go” and may range from mild to severe.
  8. Loss of balance – Because your nerves are not sending the right signals, it may be difficult for your body to tell “where” it is in space, resulting in loss of balance.
  9. Abnormal gait – When sensory nerves are not functioning, coordination is much more difficult and the “gait” or normal walking pattern may become unsteady or irregular.
  10. Difficulty sleeping – Because of your other symptoms of neuropathy, you may have difficulty sleeping. Pain, tingling, or other sensations may make it hard to fall asleep or may wake ypu up during the night.

Symptoms of neuropathy may begin suddenly or may develop over time.  Certain symptoms may also appear to get better, only to begin again in the same or a different area.  You should be aware that neuropathy may also affect your emotional well-being and should discuss all of your neuropathy symptoms with your doctor.

Sources:
Medicine Net Today http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/147963.php?page=2
NIH https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Peripheral-Neuropathy-Fact-Sheet#3208_3

Neuropathy Treatment That Works: Neurogenx NerveCenter of La Mesa in the News!

Dr. Bahreman – La Mesa, CA

Surgery-phobes (and you’re probably one of them), take heart. If you suffer from neuropathic symptoms or neuromuscular pain, you’ve got the option of a non-invasive treatment that proponents say is 87 percent effective.

“The concept is called electro-signal therapy or electromedical therapy,” says Dr. Amir Hassan Bahreman, Medical Director at the Neurogenx NerveCenter of La Mesa, part of a nationwide specialty healthcare network that has been open since October. The FDA-approved and patented Neurogenx™ Treatment employs high-frequency electronic signals that penetrate muscular tissue where pain and discomfort persist. According to the Neurogenx™ website, “The treatment creates changes at the body’s cellular level that reduce swelling, remove excess fluids and waste products, alter Ph levels and increase cellular metabolism.”

“Inflammation of the nerve is the major reason for nerve damage,” explains Bahreman, who is the only board-certified neurologist in San Diego County who offers this treatment as an alternative to narcotics or invasive surgery.

“With this technology, the (developers of Neurogenx™ Treatment) were able to prove that the inflammation can be reduced.” The ideal candidate for this treatment, he says, is a person suffering from peripheral nerve damage. It has also been successful for patients with diabetes, fibromyalgia and even vitamin deficiency. Treatment is not a one-time-only proposition. “You have to be committed to the program for it to be effective,” Bahreman stresses. That program generally entails 40-minute sessions twice a week for three months, all of it on an outpatient basis.

“The treatment success rate is very high,” says Bahreman, who has more than 14 years of experience in neurology and whose regular practice in the office is called the Neurological and Pain Institute. “We have seen day and night differences in many patients following treatment.”

Since some patients may be new to electromedical treatment or perhaps even wary about it, Bahreman offers complimentary consultations to each prospective new patient. Because patients come into the office so often during the treatment program, “they know us by name and ask us what’s going on in our lives, and we do the same,” says Eileen Craker, Bahreman’s physician liaison. “We want to create close, caring relationships with our patients.”

Author:
David L. Coddon
La Jolla Light Staff Writer

At Home Foot Care for Diabetic Neuropathy

Steven Weinshel, MD, JD – Medical Co-Director Neurogenx NerveCenter of Sarasota
Board Certified in Neurological Surgery
Neurogenx Medical Advisor

If you have diabetic neuropathy, at home foot care is a “must do”.  All diabetics need to take good care of their feet but for those with diabetic neuropathy, foot care is even more important.  Your doctor should examine your feet at least once a year but at home foot care for diabetic neuropathy is a daily routine.

Anyone with diabetes is at high risk for foot amputation for several reasons.  The disease causes an increased risk of fungal skin infections, decreased blood supply to the extremities and inadequate wound healing abilities, which can turn a minor foot injury into a severe medical issue.  It also increases the risk of diabetic neuropathy.

Diabetics who have developed nerve damage or have diabetic neuropathy, may lose sensation in their feet and be unable to tell when the skin is inflamed or an injury has occurred.  A regular at home foot care regimen can help decrease the chance of developing a serious infection.

  • Inspect every inch. On a daily basis, make sure your whole foot is healthy.  Wiggle and move your toes and look for any skin breakdown.  Rashes, bumps, redness or discoloration should be treated immediately.
  • Clean feet daily. Make sure you get between the toes and any buildup under the toenails.  make sure that your feet are completely dry before you quit.   Keeping them clean and dry will minimize the risk of fungal or other infections.
  • Keep them dry. To reduce the chance of a fungal infection, make sure that your feet stay dry.  After washing, dry them off completely and wear socks with your shoes.
  • Trimming your toenails. Don’t cut too short.  Reduce the chance for an ingrown toenail by only trimming straight across.  Your health care provider can trim them for you if you can’t.
  • Calluses, Corns and Cuticles. Don’t use any metal or sharp objects to trim the cuticles or remove corns or calluses.  In some cases, you can use a pumice stone to remove skin buildup but ask your health care provider for assistance if needed.
  • Don’t go barefoot. Even around the house you should be protecting your feet by wearing shoes or slippers.  Outdoors, wear only sturdy shoes with clean socks.
  • Get good shoes. Your shoes should fit well and completely cover your feet.  Shoes should be worn with socks all of the time.  You may do fine with cotton socks but some people prefer support socks or specially designed diabetic socks.
  • Check your shoes. Before putting your shoes on, check the insides for irritants. Make sure there are no pebbles or splinters that can injure your foot and that the shoe is in good repair.  Replace worn shoes immediately.
  • See a specialist. Your feet should be checked at least once a year by your doctor but if any problems arise, you should seek medical treatment.  Your health care team may already include a foot specialist and you should take advantage of that expertise if you have access.  A foot specialist can advise on shoe selection, offer assistance with foot care, and will attend to more serious concerns like bunions.

Foot care is essential for anyone with diabetes, but if you have diabetic neuropathy, a regular foot care routine is essential to minimize the chance for serious problems.

Sources:
American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/foot-complications/foot-care.html
WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/peripheral-neuropathy-foot-skin-care

Most Common Causes of Neuropathy

By Brent Rubin, DPM
Medical Co-Director
Neurogenx NerveCenter of Sarasota

When a patient develops signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, it is important for their physician to determine the cause of the neuropathy.  This can be very simple in most cases however at other times the cause may be initially elusive.

I will discuss the 6 major causes of Peripheral Neuropathy.

  • The most common cause is Idiopathic Neuropathy. What this means is that after a complete history and examination no specific cause manifests so at that point a potential diagnosis of Idiopathic Neuropathy can be made.
  • The second most common cause is Diabetic Neuropathy.  This usually manifests after several years of being diagnosed with Diabetes.  That being many people do have symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy prior to being diagnosed.
  • The third most common cause is Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy. In all cases this is associated with a prior history of cancer with treatment via chemotherapy.
  • The other less common causes are as follows:   Alcoholic Induced Neuropathy which is self explanatory, several types of anemia and hypothyroidism.

This list is only some of the most common causes, that being said there are hundreds of other causes which are less frequent and in many  cases require a more extensive medical workup to diagnose.

Ready To Make A Difference for Neuropathy Patients!

Your Florham Park Neurogenx team is excited for our grand opening! Call us today to schedule your Complimentary Consultation: 973-435-0707.

We want to help you overcome your neuropathy. The sooner you can start treatment, the greater the chance that your nerve damage can be slowed or reversed . . . and the better your prognosis will be.

However, even patients who have suffered from neuropathy for years have had their symptoms resolved or significantly improved with the Neurogenx treatment.

A better life is just a call away… contact us and find out how we can help you get moving again!

Florham Park NerveCenter Opens February 20, 2017!

In a treatment milestone for New Jersey neuropathy patients, the Neurogenx NerveCenter of Florham Park will open its doors on February 20, 2017. One of a growing network of NerveCenters across the country, the Florham Park medical facility is a partnership between Jordan Steinberg, DPM, his business partner Stephen Shapiro and Neurogenx, the creators of an innovative nerve treatment program that has helped physicians end neuropathy pain for hundreds of patients.

Neuropathy is the tingling, burning, pain and numbness in feet and hands caused by nerve damage due to illness such as diabetes; chronic nerve conditions such as fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome; chemotherapy and trauma, among many other things. It affects nearly 30% of Americans over the age of 40. Traditionally difficult to treat, patients often go without relief for the painful symptoms. In worst-case scenarios, neuropathy can lead to chronic pain, sleeplessness, loss of balance, falls and injuries that don’t heal.

“Treatment with the Neurogenx Electromedical Technology changes all that,” said Dr. Steinberg, Medical Director of the Florham Park Neurogenx NerveCenter. “The treatment provides excellent long-term results for patients suffering from chronic nerve pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. My goal is to help patients get back to doing the activities they love without pain or dependency on medication. I look forward to using the Neurogenx Treatment to help patients find the relief they deserve and recover their lives, free from neuropathy symptoms.” Find out if the Neurogenx Treatment is right for you by calling Neurogenx NerveCenter of Florham Park, NJ 973-435-0707 for your free consultation and exam.

Do You Have Neuropathy?

How Does a Person Know if They Have Neuropathy…

By Brent Rubin, DPM
Medical Co-Director
Neurogenx NerveCenter of Sarasota

If you have constant complaints in your hands and/or feet consisting burning, tingling, numbness, or heaviness, you could have neuropathy.

Neuropathy presents with many different symptoms.  It takes a thorough medical evaluation to determine if, in fact, you have neuropathy.  Furthermore, part of the examination process is to try and determine the type of neuropathy you have. It takes considerable medical knowledge to formulate a specific diagnosis based on your complaints and test results.  Sometimes it is quite obvious if you have associated medical conditions. However,  in many other cases, it not so obvious and additional testing may be required.

It is important to determine the cause of your neuropathy as it helps in our treatment of your condition. Here at the Neurogenx Center of Sarasota, we will try to determine the cause of your symptoms and further determine if you are a candidate for our innovative treatment to resolve the problem. Our treatment is a non-invasive/ non-medication protocol proven to actually resolve your condition, rather than just treat the symptoms.

If it would be beneficial to determine if you have neuropathy and you would like to learn about how to treat the disease in a non-painful/ non-invasive manner, call Neurogenx NerveCenter of Sarasota, FL at 844-356-3783 for a FREE CONSULTATION.