Remedy for peripheral neuropathy
What is peripheral neuropathy? Peripheral neuropathy is a mostly chronic condition characterised by increasing nerve damage. The disease can have various causes and can affect different types of nerves in several parts of the human body – and therefore it can also impair various functions.
How does peripheral neuropathy develop and manifest?
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can be diverse. People might notice unpleasant symptoms like tingling, burning, extreme touch sensitivity or even pain that feels like an electric shock. Another frequent symptom is numbness, which is not noticed in the beginning but may lead to walking difficulties when the feet are affected, or unconscious injuries. Some symptoms like dizziness, tachycardia or muscle weakness may also be misinterpreted as signs of other diseases.
Even if early symptoms, like strange sensations in the extremities or slight movement problems, may not appear serious enough to consult a physician, it is very important to get professional advice as soon as possible to protect the nerves from further damage.
Who can be affected?
Many causes can lead to nerve damage and then to peripheral neuropathy, the most common being diabetes. Among others are alcohol abuse, chemotherapy, infections, inflammatory processes or deficiencies in essential B vitamins. In some patients, nerve damage has even more than one cause. On the other hand, in more than a fifth of cases the cause of peripheral neuropathy is unknown.
How is peripheral neuropathy treated?
Generally, after diagnosing peripheral neuropathy, the physician will ideally find out the cause. A multidisciplinary approach based on the underlying condition is recommendable. Many treatment options are available: treatments according to guidelines, which focus on treating painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, but also others, which can be used in all stages of the disease.4 One established treatment option is a combination of neurotropic B vitamins B1, B6 and B12. A recent study has shown that such a combination can reduce symptoms like tingling or numbness in peripheral neuropathy of different origin.
How do neurotropic B vitamins help in peripheral neuropathy?
Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 play an important role in the functioning of nerves and can help to recuperate nerve function or even regenerate damaged nerve fibres, if the damage has not yet progressed too far.
Vitamin B1 – Facilitates propagation of the nerve impulse. Vitamin B6 – Promotes neurotransmission. Vitamin B12 – Regenerates damaged nerve fibres.
These 3 B vitamins have important functions in nerve health and work together in biochemical synergy. All three neurotropic B vitamins are essential to a healthy nervous system acting via different modes of action and complementing each other.
How important is early treatment in peripheral neuropathy?
Nerve fibres can be repaired when they get damaged, but this is only possible to some extent. The process of nerve regeneration can be hindered by diseases and other causes mentioned previously, leading to the development of peripheral neuropathy. Nerve damage should be detected and treated in an early stage, when nerve regeneration is still possible. This means that early diagnosis and treatment is very important to hold peripheral neuropathy at bay, reduce symptoms effectively and maintain quality of life long term.
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