Pe­riph­eral Neu­ropa­thy WARN­ING!

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The most com­mon method your doc­tor will rec­om­mend to treat your neu­ropa­thy is with pre­scrip­tion drugs that may tem­po­rar­ily re­duce your symp­toms. These drugs have names such as Gabapentin, Lyrica, Cym­balta, and Neu­ron­tin, and are pri­mar­ily an­tide­pres­sant or anti-seizure drugs. These drugs may cause you to feel un­com­fort­able and have a va­ri­ety of harm­ful side ef­fects.

Pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy is a re­sult of dam­age to the nerves of­ten causing weak­ness, pain, numb­ness, tin­gling, and the most de­bil­i­tat­ing bal­ance prob­lems.

This dam­age is com­monly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to be­gin to de­gen­er­ate due to lack of nu­tri­ent flow.

As you can see in Fig­ure 1, as the blood ves­sels that sur­round the nerves be­come dis­eased they shrivel up which causes the nerves to not get the nu­tri­ents to con­tinue to sur­vive. When these nerves be­gin to “die” they cause you to have bal­ance prob­lems, pain, numb­ness, tin­gling, burn­ing, and many ad­di­tional symp­toms. Fig­ure 2: When these very small blood ves­sels be­come dis­eased they be­gin to shrivel up and the nerves be­gin to de­gen­er­ate.

The main prob­lem is that your doc­tor has told you to just live with the prob­lem or try the drugs which you don’t like tak­ing be­cause they make you feel un­com­fort­able. There is now a fa­cil­ity right here in Chicago that of­fers you hope with­out tak­ing those end­less drugs with se­ri­ous side ef­fects. (See the spe­cial neu­ropa­thy sever­ity ex­am­i­na­tion at the end of this ar­ti­cle.)

In or­der to ef­fec­tively treat your neu­ropa­thy three fac­tors must be de­ter­mined.

1) What is the un­der­ly­ing cause?

2) How Much Nerve Dam­age Has Been

Sus­tained.

NOTE: Once you have sus­tained 85% nerve loss, there is likely noth­ing that we can do for you. 3) How much treat­ment will your con­di­tion

re­quire? The treat­ment that is pro­vided by Dr. Ruzila has three main goals:

1) In­crease blood flow

2) Stim­u­late small fiber nerves

3) De­crease brain based pain

The treat­ment to in­crease blood flow uti­lizes a spe­cial­ized low level light ther­apy us­ing light emit­ting diode tech­nol­ogy. This tech­nol­ogy was orig­i­nally de­vel­oped by NASA to as­sist in in­creas­ing blood flow. The low level light ther­apy is like wa­ter­ing a plant. The light ther­apy will al­low the blood ves­sels to grow back around the pe­riph­eral nerves and pro­vide them with the proper nu­tri­ents to heal and re­pair. It’s like adding wa­ter to a plant Fig­ure 3: The blood ves­sels will grow back around the nerves much like a plant’s roots grow when wa­tered.

The amount of treat­ment needed to al­low the nerves to fully re­cover varies from per­son to per­son and can only be de­ter­mined af­ter a de­tailed neu­ro­log­i­cal and vas­cu­lar eval­u­a­tion. As long as you have not sus­tained at least 85% nerve dam­age there is hope! Dr. Paul Ruzila, D.C. at Chicago Chi­ro­prac­tic & Well­ness will do a neu­ropa­thy sever­ity ex­am­i­na­tion to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the nerve dam­age for only $35. This neu­ropa­thy sever­ity ex­am­i­na­tion will con­sist of a de­tailed sen­sory eval­u­a­tion, and a de­tailed anal­y­sis of the find­ings of your neu­ropa­thy. Dr. Paul Ruzila D.C. will be of­fer­ing this neu­ropa­thy sever­ity ex­am­i­na­tion from now un­til Fri­day, Jan­uary 25th, 2019. Call (312 212-1150 to make an ap­point­ment with Dr. Paul Ruzila D.C. to de­ter­mine if your pe­riph­eral neu­ropa­thy can be treated.

Pe­riph­eral Nerves Fig­ure 1: No­tice the very small blood ves­sels sur­round­ing each nerve.

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