Dr. Tucker: Will you explain what neuropathy is?
Dr. Fedoryk: Neuropathy is a term for a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it is most commonly due to damage to nerve axons. It is characterized by a numbness or painful tingling in the feet, legs, hands and arms. Neuropathy can affect nerves that control muscle movement and those that detect sensations such as coldness or pain. It can also contribute to dementia. And while neuropathy is a common side effect of diabetes, it’s sometimes caused by other factors, such as thyroid problems, chemotherapy, traumatic injuries, infections and exposure to toxins.
Dr. Tucker: Do most Chiropractors treat neuropathy?
Dr. Fedoryk: Most Chiropractors treat the symptoms of neuropathy. Some of the common treatments include manipulation, mobilization, physical therapy modalities like ultrasound, gentle traction and laser. As a specialist in exercise therapy I like to teach my patients things that they can do at home that include specific exercises to improve muscle and joint function(flexibility and mobility). We can also recommend nutritional supplements and discuss diet. It is especially important for these patients to strictly manage blood sugar levels. Once the blood sugar is under control, supplementation with alpha-lipoic acid may offer considerable support. Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) can rapidly and significantly reduce sensory symptoms and pain of diabetic neuropathy. It is a potent antioxidant that prevents or improves nerve conduction attributes, endoneurial blood flow and nerve Na+ K+ ATPase activity.
Dr. Tucker: How much alpha-lipoic acid do you recommend?
Dr. Fedoryk: Oral supplements of 600 mg per day is a good dose to start with.
Dr. Tucker: Any other comments for readers?
Dr. Fedoryk: Neuropathy is a serious condition that can lead to grave health problems. Don’t try to go it alone. Look for a health care professional or chiropractor who understands the causes of neuropathy along with the possible treatment options for your condition and uses a holistic approach to your condition.
I have diabetes and get pins and needles and burning sensation in my legs. I’m on metformin and glyburide. Is there anything nutritionally you recommend?
The nerve sensation you describe is called neuropathy. Diabetes, shingles, Celiac, heavy metal toxicity, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disorders and neurological conditions are caues of these sensations.
Other neuropathy symptoms include burning, weakness, muscle pain & weakness, shooting pain, tingling, numbness, feeling like you got stabbed by an ice pick, cystitis, urinary urgency, vibration/buzzing sensations, erectile dysfunction, loss of bladder control, poor coordination, trigeminal neuralgia, and dizziness when standing up.
The number one thing you can do to reduce pain is to lower your blood sugar. That is why I recommend the Paleo diet or a Mediterranean diet. Both food plans minimise carb’s. I try to keep clients at 100-150 grams of carb’s daily.
Here is a list of some of the common supplements that I recommend.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – This is one of the most important antioxidants. It helps defend you against free radicals that attack your myelin sheath and ‘fray’ your nerve wiring. Be diligent in taking it every day for several weeks before you make up your mind about ALA. Try 200 – 250 two to four times daily.
GlycemX 360 is a medical food powder that you can make into a delicious shake. It contains natural things that reduce blood sugar, chase away a pain-causing chemical TNF as well as nitric oxide. Other ingredients include Methylcobalamin (B12) -when your body starves for B12, you lose the myelin sheath and your nerves short circuit. This can cause neuropathy and depression. There are dozens of drug muggers of B12, including the diabetic medications that you take as well as processed foods, sugar, antibiotics, estrogen hormones and acid blockers.
Thiamine – I’d suggest about 100 mg daily for a few months, along with a low dose B-complex so you have all the other Bs on board.
Neuragen- It’s a topical ointment sold at pharmacies and online. A study showed that it might be helpful for shingles neuralgia, diabetic or HIV neuropathy or trigeminal neuralgia.
All of these recommendations help get more oxygen to your cells, reduce inflammation, protect the myelin wrapper around your delicate nerves, quench toxic free radicals and reduce protein kinase C (PKC). www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com