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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday's Video of the Week: Peripheral Neuropathy

If you are beginning to get symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, this is a wonderful video on the common causes that must be investigated. Peripheral neuropathy involves the feet and/or hands initially, and then spread upwards. These video discusses the diligent evaluation of the common causes of this problem. Many feel it is a sensitivity of the nervous system to common environmental excesses that irritate the nerves. Peripheral neuropathy will present 1/3rd of the time as pain alone, 1/3rd of the time as only numbness, and the remaining 1/3rd of the time a mixture of pain and numbness.

The video reviews common peripheral nerve irritants as areas to investigate and reverse. These irritants include:
 deficiency in B12 vitamin,
 deficiency in folic acid and thyamine,
 chemical exposures,
 high glucose levels,
 chronic infections (including lyme disease),
  alcohol toxicity (more than 1 drink per day??), and
  mechanical causes at the foot/ankle/knee/hip/low back.
So many times it is a combination of low grade irritants that lead to symptoms. This is the challenge of trying to diagnosis. But as a patient, these are some of the secrets to easing/treating. 

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