Peripheral neuropathy goes by many names.
If you haven't heard the term peripheral neuropathy, don't be surprised. Many of our patients have seen their doctors and gotten a diagnosis that didn't include that term. Not because the doctor missed it, but because it goes by so many different names.
Peripheral neuropathy describes a group of symptoms that often first appear in your feet, legs or hands and includes some or all of:
- Constant tingling
- Pins and needles
- Spreading numbness
- Loss of feeling
- Balance problems
- Chronic or acute pain
- Burning sensation
- Shooting pains
- Extreme sensitivity
- Problems with hot and cold sensitivity
There are a variety of causes and names for peripheral neuropathy; diabetic neuropathy, chemotherapy induced neuropathy, and idiopathic neuropathy. There's a long list of medical names, like polyneuropathy or mononeuropathy or other nerve damage descriptions that are in fact, still peripheral neuropathy. Often, the cause is not known. We treat patients with many forms of the condition.
Before Realief, neuropathy treatments often had mixed results.
Most sufferers are still looking for a neuropathy treatment that offers relief. A variety of drugs may reduce the pain symptoms for a while, and to some degree. You may have tried drugs with generic names such as Amitriptyline, Gabapentin, or Pregbalin. These are primarily either antidepressant or anticonvulsant drugs, and they can have serious side effects. Many patients aren't comfortable staying on these drugs long-term.
Unfortunately, peripheral neuropathy is often progressive. Its symptoms may be mild at first, such as slight tingling or numbness, but it often progresses to chronic, unbearable pain. It may start at the tips of your fingers or toes, then spread up your arms or legs. If you feel it in one leg now, you may eventually feel it in the other. If you feel it in your legs, you may eventually feel it in your hands and arms.
Discouragement and depression are a part of life for many sufferers because, currently, there are no cures for peripheral neuropathy.
If you're a neuropathy sufferer, it should be all about Realief.
Patients come to us with all types of peripheral neuropathy. We understand the pain, weakness and discomfort you're living with...possibly better than anyone else. You want your life back. You want your relationships back. You've tried all sorts of neuropathy treatments, some your family doctor would recommend and some outside the mainstream. Nothing has given you real relief. It's time to get Realief.
Symptom: Numbness and Pain. — There was this constant numbness and pain in my feet. The doctors called it diabetic neuropathy. It was tremendously annoying and frustrating — kept me from being the best teacher to my students and being myself with my family. I'd try to go for a run and couldn't do it anymore. After the Realief Therapy that terrible feeling that I had in my legs is gone.
Symptom: Pain In Feet at Night. — After the Realief Therapy, my Neurontin is down from 900 mg a night to about 200 mg. And, if I'm honest, I think I may not really need it at all. Thank God! I thought I'd just have to live with this. But finally, my feet don't hurt.
Symptom - Itching, hot feet. — The doctors said it was symptoms from peripheral neuropathy. I tried other treatments, but nothing was working. Then I found out about Realief Therapy. Now I get around a lot better without relying on a walker or cane all the time. And for the first time in years, I can actually move around the house, climb stairs and get more of my chores done.
Symptom: Tingling and Burning. — I was still experiencing some sort of nerve damage — a severe tingling, then burning sensation. It began to move up from my feet to my legs. My doctor asked how bad it was on a scale of 1 to 10. I told her it was 7 and it was getting worse. My first visit to the Realief Neuropathy Center was in a wheelchair. After some treatments I progressed to crutches, then just a cane. Now most of my tingling and burning has stopped, all the way down to my toes.
Symptom: Balance Problems. — The tips of my toes and the balls of my feet were really numb and parts of my legs we turning this purple color. But every trip to the Realief Neuropathy Center brought me something new. A new feeling. Feelings I hadn't felt for a long time. My goal was to be able to stand and walk barefoot again. I've reached that goal.
Symptom: Progressive Numbness. — I've had this progressive numbness in both my legs for 25 years. I spent two days at a major medical center and they said I had peripheral neuropathy and nothing could be done. Then I met this gentleman who told me about the help he'd gotten at the Realief Neuropathy Center. He couldn't believe the difference that it made. I put off my first visit because it was a long drive in the winter and I'm 82 years old. It's been sort of miraculous.