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1) What is Neuropathy?
2) Types of Nerves that can be damaged
3) What causes nerve damage
4) Other terms for neuropathy
5) What are neuropathy Symptoms
6) Treatments for Neuropathic Pain
7) Neuropathy Pain Treatments

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What is neuropathy?

How does it happen? 

The word neuropathy is derived from two parts:  "neuro" referring to the nerve and "pathy" indicating disorder.  

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition occurring when injury or disease damages your peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nerves are the nerves that originate from your brain and spinal cord, and extend to your skin, muscles and tissues.

The peripheral nervous system relays information between your body and the brain in the form of electrical impulses.  Each nerve is made up of many connected cells called neurons that transmit these impulses. 

Nerves are the communication lines of the body.  Electrical signals from the brain travel through the nerves and give instructions to the various body parts.  The body receives information from the environment through the senses and sends this information to the brain via the nerves. 

However, damage to the nerves disrupts this which results in the condition called peripheral neuropathy and its various symptoms.

The types of nerves 

There are three types of peripheral nerves - the first is motor nerves which regulate the movements of your body's muscles, the second is sensory nerves which transmit sensations such as heat, vibration, touch and pain to the brain. The third is the autonomic nerves which regulate the activities of the internal organs and glands. 

The majority of the peripheral nerves are responsible for sensations you feel such as touch, pain and temperature.  There are literally millions of these nerve endings in your fingers, hands, toes and feet which are designed to keep you out of danger and away from the things that are hot, cold, sharp, etc. 

These nerves to the muscles of the hands and feet, legs and arms (called motor nerves) help to control the numerous muscles and movements in these regions of the body. It would also be difficult to walk without knowing what your feet are standing on or to pick things up if you had no idea how hard you were gripping something. It would be difficult to move if the impulses weren't transmitted to the muscles. 

The nerves to the autonomic system are not under conscious control but respond to the environment so the body can function optimally.  It controls such tasks as controlling the bladder, slowing down or speeding up the heart rate, constricting or dilating the pupils of the eye. It regulates blood pressure, sexual response and many other responses. 

Peripheral nerve cells have three main parts: cell body, axons, and dendrites (or terminal).. (See diagram below)  

Undamaged nerve with myelin protective covering

                                          

Damage to the nerves

Nerve damage or neuropathy normally occurs when the outer sheathing or the myelin (protective covering) of nerve cells degenerate. Without this protection the electrical signals are not transferred properly just like if you stripped the covering off of the electrical wires in your house.  

As the nerve damage gets worse, the nerves either lose their ability to transmit information (numbness), or they start sending false signals (pain and tingling). 

When the  insulation begins to crumble,  the unprotected "wire" will start short-circuiting.  

                                        Damaged nerve misfiring creating neuropathy symptoms

When the signal cannot be sent through the nerve, the area not receiving the messages will result in numbness. 

Neuropathy is the condition where the nerves have sustained enough damage that there is noticeable numbness, pain or tingling.

How can you tell its neuropathy and not muscle or joint pain? 

Difference between nerve pain and muscle pain:

Muscle pain is preceded by trauma or injury, while nerve pain doesn't (It can come from known trauma but not always).

Muscle pain is an ache or pain in the muscle or joint, it feels achy and there can be stiffness, nerve pain or burning, stabbing and tingling.  

Muscle pain stops after healing of the injury takes place, nerve pain continues.

Muscle and joint pain can be relieved with aspirin or other pain killers, the same medication does not help nerve pain. 

Types of Nerves that can be Damaged

Cranial: Nerves go from your brain to your eyes, mouth, ears and other parts of your head. 

Peripheral: Nerves go from your spinal cord to your arms, hands, legs and feet. This is the most common form of damage. 

Central Nerves are in your brain and spinal cord.

Autonomic: Nerves go from your spinal cord to your lungs, heart, stomach, intestines, bladder and sex organs. Damage to these nerves can create improper functioning of these organs. 

Types of Neuropathy

There are three types:  Mono Neuropathy, Poly Neuropathy and Autonomic Neuropathy or nerve damage. 

Damage to a single nerve is called mononeuropathy.  This usually results from injury or repeated stress. An example is carpal tunnel syndrome. The repeated impact to the nerve in your wrist may cause tingling, pain and weakness in your hand, arm, and shoulder. 

Involvement of multiple nerves called polyneuropathy is common. Damage typically begins in the nerves farthest from the central nervous system. Polyneuropathy can be caused by diabetes and other systemic diseases, infections, or exposure to toxic substances.

One or all the three nerve types may be effected. Polyneuropathy can be due to damage to sensory nerves, and can also cause damage to your motor nerves which can result in muscle weakness lack of coordination, twitching and pain.

Common signs of autonomic neuropathy is nerve damage to the internal organs and glands and can include intolerance to heat, loss of bladder control, gastrointestinal disturbances, impairment of breathing and impairment of heart rate.  

What causes this nerve damage?

Most commonly, it is diabetics that suffer from this type of  nerve pain and it is a major complication of the disease.  It is the higher than normal sugar levels that creates the damage. 

However, there are many other reasons some of which are listed below (alphabetically).  It is an acquired disease.

  • Alcoholism
  • Amyloidosis (metabolic disorder)
  • Autoimmune disorders 
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Cancer
  • Cancer treatments
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Charcot Marie-Tooth disease
  • Chemotherapy Treatment  (See Chemo-Induced Side effects for other side effects)) See Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Compression neuropathy - pressure on an area 
  • Connective tissue disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, sarcoidosis)
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Foods that are toxic
  • Herniated disc
  • Infectious disease (e.g., Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, leprosy) 
  • Liver failure
  • Many medications (such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, Duloxetine hydrochloride, Pregabalin, and more. See Neuropathy as a Side Effect) 
  • Radiation Treatment
  • Radiculopathy
  • Surgeries that damage a nerve
  • Trauma
  • Vitamin deficiencies (e.g., pernicious anemia, etc.)
  • Zinc induced copper deficiency (denture adhesive creams) 
  • and more - See Factors  that can Cause  Neuropathy or Nerve Damage

The sad fact is that after a while this misfiring of the nerves can get so bad that people are unable to walk or pick things up and can get to a point where they would rather have a limb amputated then continue with this nerve pain. 

For articles about specific Causes of Neuropathy, click here

How does this happen?

Chronic Neuropathy can start when your nerves are deprived of oxygen (anoxia). But, there are many reasons why this might happen and it is sometimes a combination of reasons. One reason might not be enough to notice, but add a second and it can be very pronounced. 

  • Too much sugar or insulin in your blood (diabetes), and also in pre-diabetes or insulin resistance
  • The use of many medications  (a list can be found here Medications with Neuropathy as a Side Effect)
  • Nutritional deficiencies (B1, B12, etc.)
  • Exposure to toxic substances (ingested in food, drugs, chemicals, water or pollution)
  • Radiation therapy for cancer, 
  • Chemo therapy for cancer
  • Laying in one position too long (nerve compression, entrapment or laceration)
  • Physical injuries (trauma) to the nerve
  • Injury from a surgery.
  • Prolonged compression as in the wearing of inappropriate footwear, skinny jeans, etc.  
  • Infections that can block oxygen getting to your nerve cells.  

Too many free radicals in your bloodstream can also attach themselves to the oxygen and make it unavailable to the cells. Sometimes inflammation in the lower back or sciatic nerve area of the buttocks can restrict blood flow, depriving oxygen to the nerves.  

Common drugs like statins (to reduce cholesterol) can eat away the myelin sheath - which is composed mostly of cholesterol.  Statins are designed to lower the cholesterol which is what the body needs to maintain the myelin sheath around the nerve. See also Neuropathy & Statins

High blood pressure medication can cause neuropathy by decreasing blood flow at the extremities, like the feet or hands.

Drugs create side effects by depleting the body of different nutrients that the body needs. This deficiency can cause various problems including nerve damage.  See also Drugs and Deficiencies

B Vitamin Depletion and Neuropathy: Certain artificial stimulants, namely cigarettes and alcohol, are known to aggravate the neuropathy condition. Both of these work to slow blood flow throughout the body. In the process, less nutrients and oxygen are being delivered. This is the last thing that you want if you have neuropathy. 

Anything that uses up B vitamins in the body (depletes these vitamins) will make the condition worse.  The body needs the B vitamins for healthy nerves, if these B vitamins are being used up by alcohol metabolism, etc. the nerves will be less able to do their job and then will become damaged. 

Other terms for Neuropathy: 

This is valuable when you are checking your medications to see if neuropathy is a possible side effect.  The manufacturer doesn't always list it as neuropathy.  You should talk to your doctor about the possibility of changing your medications. 

Nerve Damage
Paresthesia or paraesthesia
Dysesthesias
HSAN1 - Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy
HSN1 - Hereditary sensory neuropathy 
Neuralgia
"Numbness & tingling" or "pins and needles"
"Poor balance of nerve damage" - Ataxia
Formication - a sensation that resembles that of insects crawling (tactile hallucination) on (or under) the skin
Demyelinating Syndrome
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
Radiculoplexus neuropathy

Neuropathy Symptoms:

More than 100 types of  neuropathy pain have been identified, each with its own development, and impaired function.  You can get nerve damage in any part of our body, it depends on what nerve is damaged. It can be your hands, feet, arms legs, head, face, stomach, bladder, etc. etc. 

These symptoms or nerve damage or neuropathy are often slight at first.  In fact, some mild cases may go unnoticed for a long time 

These symptoms depend on the type of nerve - motor, sensory or autonomic - that are damaged. 

Peripheral Sensory Neuropathy symptoms: 

Some people may experience numbness, tingling and pricking sensations, sensitivity to touch and even left arm pain and tingling.  Small fiber neuropathy affects the nerve endings in the fingers or toes as well as the legs. If the nerve damage increase it can cause numbness. This can lead to numbness in feet and other areas.

Others may suffer more extreme symptoms, including burning pain (especially at night) and stabbing pain.

Numbness, pain or tingling in the feet and ankles or legs may, after several years, lead to weakness in the muscles of the feet as well. The loss of sensation in the feet may increase the possibility for foot injuries to get unnoticed and develop into ulcers or lesions that become infected, not to mention having trouble with coordination. 

Motor Nerve Damage symptoms:  

Damage to motor nerves can result not only in lack of coordination and muscle wasting and even paralysis. 

Nerves to the body's organs symptoms:

Nerve damage to the nerves that serve the body's organs can cause organ or gland dysfunction. This type of damage can create organs functioning inadequately. It can affect the heart rate, it can create erectile dysfunction, digestion, breathing, etc. etc.

Diabetic Neuropathy:

Diabetic Neuropathy can flare up suddenly and affect specific nerves. This can develop double vision or dropping eyelids, or weakness and atrophy of the thigh muscles. Nerve damage caused by diabetes generally occurs over a period of years and may lead to problems with the digestive tract and sexual organs, which can cause indigestion, diarrhea or constipation, dizziness, bladder infections and erectile dysfunction. 

Chemotherapy Caused Neuropathy:

Neuropathy as a side effect of chemotherapy can cause these same symptoms, can create a lack of coordination due to the motor nerves being effected and may even cause chemo-brain as there is evidence that this could be due, in part to nerve damage.

See Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy affects at least 20 million people in the United States alone and per some reports is increasing. 

Treatments for Neuropathy Pain & Other Symptoms:

Medications:  

Pros: There are several drug treatments for neuropathy. There are medications such as Lyrica and Cymbalta that are given cover up or block the pain. Lyrica, is an anti-seizure medication. It is used for neuropathy as it stops the nerves from talking to each other so you don't feel the pain. Cymbalta is a anti-depressant which is used because it lowers a person's awareness and thus their awareness of the pain. One drug occasionally used is Prednisone and also Elavil.  

Cons: You have to continue to take the drugs to get relief. 

Prednisone depletes the body of vital nutrients and there is a problem withdrawing from it (see Prednisone

Amitriptyline (Elavil) it lowers the awareness of the nerve damage but as with all medications, they have side effects that don't enhance your health.   

Additionally, Cymbalta as an anti-depressant can very often be difficult to get off with out side effects. For info on Cymbalta & Neuropathy  

Long term these drugs can cause more damage due to side effects and deficiencies it can create. 

For side effects of the different drugs go to www.drugs.com or www.rxlist.com   

If you are taking any mediation that has a side effect of neuropathy, you should talk to your doctor to see if there is an alternative medication. 

Rebuilder:  

Pros: Combines a footbath with an electrical current.  Claims to open up nerve channels and stimulate circulation to the affected area.  See Rebuilder  

Cons: Cost. Inconclusive if this works for everyone or why electric current will "rebuild" nerves. 

Acupuncture:  

Pros: The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture has been known to help with the symptoms of neuropathy.  There is apparently an ability to improve circulation with this method that would give similar relief.  There is also acupressure which works on the same principles as acupuncture.  For more information go to Acupuncture

Cons: Acupuncture sometimes does not help with neuropathy. You also have to continue to get treatments. 

Alpha lipoic acid: 

Pros: This is as an anti-oxidant which will help protect the nerves so no further damage is done to the body. It can help with the symptoms. In order to help it needs to be taken with Alpha Lipoic Acid. There is evidence that they work together well in helping the body use nutrients to repair the nerves, but the vital B vitamins need to be taken with it. 

Cons:  None.  

Herbs:  

Pros: They will cover up the symptoms of neuropathy similar to drugs and can make you temporarily feel better, you must continue to take them. The body doesn't use them to build healthy nerves. 

Cons: There are problems with herbs. They can interact with any other medications that you are taking. They can have side effects. Herbs are similar to drugs in so far as (in therapeutic dosages as found in the herbs that you can buy) they make the body do what it wouldn't normally do. While you can use herbs in your salad and in tea without problems, when you take herbs in a supplement, they are extracts which are far stronger dosages. Herbs should be taken separately as if there is a problem, you can isolate what herb is causing the problem. The combination of herbs found in some supplements prohibit you from doing that. 

Remember, herbs are not vitamins. They are natural substances, but they aren't the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids & amino acids that the body needs to function, create energy and to repair itself. 

Herbs can make your neuropathy feel better, but aren't used by the body to repair the nerves. Thus, you need to keep taking them to continue the relief. There are some herbs which shouldn't be taken more than a few months like Feverfew or Ashwagandha.

When taking any herbs, check with your pharmacist. Pharmacies have databases where they can check for interactions and side effects. 

Glutamine & B6

Pros: Although no scientific evidence, some people with chemo induced neuropathy have said they had some relief.  

Cons:  There is, however, some concern that it may stimulate tumor growth.  

Anodyne Therapy:  Infrared light to increase circulation and stimulate production of nitric acid.  It is supposed to relax the arteries and eliminate free radicals. Pads are put over the injured areas.  Pain is supposed to be relieved with increased circulation and more nitric oxide in the blood.   Can treat common injuries.

Con: Relieves the symptoms but needs to be continued for relief. 

Homeopathic Formula:  Homeopathy can give temporary neuropathic pain relief without side effects or interactions with drugs.  What is homeopathy.

Cons:  They relieve the symptoms but doesn't address the problem. 

Topical creams: There are many different creams available that will bring relief from neuropathy pain. They can be applied as needed. Capsaicin is a common ingredient. it is used to relieve pain for arthritis, muscle pain, joint pain, as well as nerve pain.  It can address the inflammation.

Cons: They relieve but you must continue to use it for relief. Doesn't work for everyone. 

Cold Laser Treatment or Low Level Laser Therapy: It will give relief from pain. It is non-thermal and won't burn the surrounding area. It is trying to increase cellular activity. The laser delivers electric pulses to the target area which delivers a jolt that matches the pulse at which the body perceives pain. It claims to create a reduction in pain by causing the production of natural pain killer endorphins. 

Cons:  Again doesn't address the actual cause of the pain, so is relief only. 

None of the above treatments, will build healthy nerves.  You can cover up the symptoms and you can make a person feel less pain, etc., but you want to build healthy nerves. 

Rebuilding Healthy Nerves:  

Pros: 
Healthy sensory nerves means that they are not painful. Healthy nerves means that they communicate and don't send wrong signals such as burning, hot and cold, tingling when there is no reason for it. Healthy motor nerves means that they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly.  Nerves need to be healthy to function properly. 

The body needs specific nutrients (vitamins) to be able to build healthy nerves. 

Cons: It doesn't give immediate or temporary relief, but it does address the actual problem and creates healthy nerves. 

(For temporary relief while building healthy nerves, go to Pain Relief Formula )

Building Healthy Nerves:  Find out what is needed to build healthy nerves 

 

Natural Neuropathy Pain Treatment & Building Healthy Nerves:  

Most neuropathy treatments are attempting to cover up the symptoms of unhealthy nerves and not going to the cause of the problem.  

The body needs the correct tools to build healthy nerves.  These tools are specific nutrition (vitamins).  

What are they?  Read on.

It has been known for some time that B1(thiamine)is very effective. It is needed by the body to create healthy nerves.

Unfortunately, the oral intake of vitamin B1 does not greatly increase the levels of B1 in the blood stream.

 

The reason for this is that Thiamine, like all of the B vitamins, is water-soluble.   Thiamine cannot be stored in the body and flushes out within 4 to 5 hours.

 

Additionally, it has been found the symptoms are made worse by insufficient amounts of B12 in the body.  Vitamin B12 supports the sheathing that protects nerve cells and has shown in studies to promote the regeneration and growth of nerve cells.

 

In the past, it has been difficult to remedy the B12 deficiency. The reason for this is that while vitamin B12 is readily stored by the body, it is not readily absorbed by the body. For this reason much larger amounts have been used in supplementation, but even large oral dosages have not been an adequate solution.

 

Keep reading. There is a solution.

A Remedy for this Problem: 

You might have heard of the new type of vitamin B1 being produced, called Benfotiamine. It is a fat-soluble version of vitamin B1. What does this mean?  It means this new form of vitamin B1 can be taken orally in large dosages and it will not flush out of the body the way ordinary Thiamine (vitamin B1) does.  This is due to the fact that this type of B1 will be delivered into the blood stream where it can travel to the cells and be used.

 

Also available is Methylcobalamine (called Methyl B12). This is the form of vitamin B12 that can be directly utilized by the body.  When regular B12 is taken, the body has to convert it into the Methyl B12 in the gut.  Methyl B12 already comes in this useable form.  

Where can I find these supplements?

RECOMMENDED:  (This is where we have researched products and found one that we found will work for you.) 

This company has had this formula for over 9 years and has over 9 years worth of success.  The vitamins talked about above to build healthy nerves are available together.  The name of the product is WSN®“Nerve Support Formula   

It contains both the Benfotiamine and Methyl B12. The result is that the blood stream levels of vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 can be greatly increased, providing the nutritional support needed by the body to rapidly and far more effectively to decrease or eliminate the symptoms of unhealthy nerves. 

Both Benfotiamine and Methyl B12 have been shown to be non-toxic and without any side effects even in very high dosages.

Additionally, the formula has three other B vitamins, and vitamin D3 in the exact proportion that work together to produce the best results. The formula has been found to be exactly what the body needsl

Why the other B vitamins in the formula?

B1 (thiamin) is dependent on the other B-complex vitamins. Absorption of B1 into the body requires adequate supplies of vitamin B6, B12 and B9 (folic acid). A deficiency in Vitamins B12 can increase loss of B1in the urine, and vitamin B6 also appears to help regulate distribution of thiamin throughout the body. B9 (folic acid) is also necessary to activate the absorption of the B12. The body utilizes vitamin B2 to keep tissue healthy and to help accelerate healing of injuries. B2 protects the nervous system.

In addition the formula has Vitamin D. One of the functions of Vitamin D is the regulation of nervous system development and function. 

How do these vitamins support nerve health?  Read about Healthy Nerves

Support for Your Success:

And the company (Real Health Products) has Product Consultants, trained in the use of the product. That will guide you so that you get the best possible results. It is a live support line. Their help is part of the purchase. They don't just sell you a vitamin and hope it works. They take the time to make sure their customers understand how they can use the formula, how to improve their health by educating them about nutrition, exercise and other health matters. You can call them or email them any time. 

These vitamins have a 90 Day money back guarantee.  This money back guarantee means that you can buy 1, 2 or 3 bottles (up to three months worth) and return them if you feel it doesn't work for you.

Sounds too good to be true.  They have a very high success rate with lots of testimonials.  

They have lots of great success stories. that you can read here.

WSN® Nerve Support Formula can support the body’s ability to build healthy nerves by addressing the root of the problem at a cellular level. 

The cost of this product is $44.20 a bottle 

The cost also includes any help you might need from their Product Consultants whose job it is to get you the best possible results.  

The WSN® Nerve Support Formula has no known side effects or interactions with any medications.

You can get more information about the WSN Nerve Support Formula

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As we said, they have lots of great success stories. that you can read here

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