Neuropathy (nerve damage)
cause and its relief updated 3-26-2020
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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 Treatments - find what
natural vitamins to take to relieve neuropathy pain, numbness and tingling
by building healthy nerves
What is neuropathy?
How does it happen?
The word neuropathy is
derived from two parts: "neuro"
referring to the nerve and "pathy"
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
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,
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
cells have three main parts: cell body, axons, and dendrites (or
terminal). (See diagram below)
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
When the insulation begins to crumble, the unprotected
"wire" will start
When the signal cannot be sent through the nerve,
the area not receiving the messages will result in
Neuropathy is the condition where the nerves have
sustained enough damage that there is noticeable
numbness, pain or tingling.
Reference: US National Library of Medicine - NCBI - National for Biotechnology Information - Neuropathic Pain
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
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
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
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
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 affected.
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.
A common sign 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
However, there are many other reasons some of which are listed
below (alphabetically). It is an
- Amyloidosis (metabolic disorder)
- Autoimmune disorders
- Bell's Palsy
- Cancer treatments
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Charcot Marie-Tooth disease
- Chemotherapy Treatment (See
Side effects for other side
effects)) See Chemotherapy
Induced Peripheral Neuropathy
- Chronic kidney failure
- Compression neuropathy - pressure on
- Connective tissue disease (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,
- Diabetes mellitus
- Foods that are toxic
- Herniated disc
- Infectious disease (e.g., Lyme disease, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B,
- Liver failure
- Many medications (such as Lyrica, Cymbalta,
Duloxetine hydrochloride, Pregabalin, and
more. See Neuropathy
as a Side Effect)
- Radiation Treatment
- Surgeries that damage a nerve
- Vitamin deficiencies (e.g., pernicious
- Zinc induced copper deficiency (denture
- and more
See Factors that can Cause Neuropathy
or Nerve Damage for a more complete list.
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.
Neuropathy can greatly impact the quality of life.
For articles about specific Causes
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
- 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
with Neuropathy as a Side Effect)
- Nutritional deficiencies (B1, B12, etc.).
- Exposure to
toxic substances (ingested in food, drugs, chemicals, water or
- Radiation therapy for cancer.
therapy for cancer.
- Lying in
one position too long (nerve compression, entrapment
- 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
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
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
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
B Vitamin Depletion and Neuropathy: Certain
artificial stimulants, such as 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, sugar, caffeine, stress, etc. the nerves will
be less able to do their job and then will become more 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 if you find it
has a side effect of neuropathy.
HSAN1 - Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy
HSN1 - Hereditary sensory neuropathy
"Numbness & tingling" or "pins and needles"
"Poor balance of nerve damage" - Ataxia
- a sensation that resembles that of insects crawling (tactile
hallucination) on (or under) the skin.
Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
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
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 increases it can cause
numbness. This can lead to numbness in feet and other
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 but also 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, it can effect digestion, breathing, etc. etc.
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 affected and may even cause chemo-brain as there is evidence that this
could be due, in part to nerve damage.
See Chemotherapy Induced
Peripheral Neuropathy affects at least 20
million people in the United States alone and per some reports is
Remedies for Neuropathy
You've probably read or heard about lots of different remedies for the symptoms of nerve damage (neuropathy). You just need to search on the internet under neuropathy to get pages and pages of remedies. The search will reveal many different viewpoints about what will help you get relief. I've talked to many people who have tried remedy after remedy.
There are many herbs that attempt to cover up the symptoms and there are many drugs that try to cover up the symptoms.
There are many different anti-oxidants and formulas that will bring some relief. I know the things that will help - essential fatty acids, vitamin c, combination of acetyl l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid - etc. etc.
You can go to Neuropathy Treatments to get the pros and cons of many of these.
The real cause of all these problems however is the unhealthy nerves. Healthy nerves aren't painful, they aren't numb, don't burn.... and aren't all the other symptoms that you feel with nerve damage.
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Restoring Health to the Nerves:
We always recommend you take the approach of building
health and nerves are no different.
The Healthier your nerves are, the less the symptoms of nerve damage you will feel.
Nerves need to be healthy to function properly.
Pros: Healthy sensory nerves mean that they are
not painful. Healthy nerves mean 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 mean that
they relay messages from the brain to the muscle so that they move correctly
The body needs specific nutrients
(vitamins) to be able to build healthy nerves. Getting bio-available
special forms of B1 and B12 along with the other B Vitamins that activate them will
promote and support healthy nerves.
Cons: It may not give immediate relief as the
vitamins are working at a cellular level, it may take longer, but it
does address the actual problem and builds healthy nerves.
Building Healthy Nerves: Find out what is needed
to restore health to the nerves.
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Natural Treatment & Building Healthy Nerves
needs the correct
tools to restore health and build healthy nerves. These tools are specific nutrition
(vitamins). Healthy nerves aren't painful, they aren't numb, don't burn.... and don't have any of the other symptoms of nerve damage.
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
Unfortunately, the oral intake of vitamin B1 does not
greatly increase the levels of B1 in the blood stream.
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.
it has been
found the symptoms are made worse by insufficient amounts of B12 in
B12 supports the sheathing that protects nerve cells and
has shown in studies to promote the
growth of healthy nerve cells.
the past, it has been difficult to remedy the B12
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.
reading. There is a solution.
A Remedy for this
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.
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.
can I find these supplements?
(This is where we have
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one that we found will work for
We have been recommending this formula for 14 year. We have looked at other products that had similar ingredients, but haven't found one that has all the necessary ingredients.
This company has
had this formula since 2004 and has over 16 years' worth of
success. The vitamins
talked about above to build
healthy nerves are
available together. The
name of the product is RHP®
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 needs.
the other B vitamins in the formula?
(thiamine) 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 thiamine 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.
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 (Based on Science)
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