Peripheral neuropathy symptoms

And Why What Your Doctor Has Told You Is Probably Wrong
By Dr. Randall C. Labrum

As I go from place to place giving lectures, classes and seminars, an unfortunate situation continues to amaze me, and cause me great concern. With NO exception, my seminar attendees think and believe that their condition of neuropathy has no cure.

peripheral neuropathy symptoms

peripheral neuropathy symptoms

The medical community is largely responsible for this misinformation being passed on to the suffering patient. In my view, it is the job and responsibility of the family doctor to teach the patient about their neuropathy problem. It is also the doctor’s job to train the patient in what they can do to improve and manage their neuropathy case successfully. Given the misconceptions of my seminar attendees however, this teaching and training obviously isn’t being done. That this discouraging situation be allowed to continue year after year, in a world where medicine has otherwise come to offer so many outstanding solutions and even “miracles”, is a real shame.

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     Many neuropathy patients, suffering with foot pain, tingling, numbness, burning, and all of the other evasive and hard to describe symptoms, don’t even know the name of their condition!  And while others do, that is essentially all that they know.  With this in mind, I want to address some of the most commonly INCORRECT “facts” that suffering neuropathy patients have been been told, or come to understand, due to the lack of patient education by the medical community.

1. Neuropathy comes with age, and there is nothing you can do about it.

     This statement is only partially correct, inasmuch as aging changes do contribute to the increased onset and intensity of the condition.  There are however, many simple techniques and procedures that any person can learn which will offset many of the effects of aging.  One example of the many easy things that can be done is to simply recline on the sofa for a fifteen minute nap with the feet propped up on the back of the sofa above the level of the body.  This simple “exercise” allows the stagnated blood in the feet and lower legs to move more rapidly back to the heart and lungs with the assistance of gravity, where it will be oxygenated and cleansed.

2. We do not know what causes neuropathy.

     This is absolutely incorrect!  Most of the causes of neuropathy are indeed known and not difficult to understand.  For example, people who have been treated for cancer with “chemotherapy” are at very high risk for developing neuropathy.  The poisonous effects of these powerful drugs damage the sensory nerves in the feet, hands and other peripheral areas.  Since neither surgery nor prescription drugs are effective curing this disease, most physicians are not willing to take the time to educate and manage these types of cases and just tell the patient that there is no known cause or cure, and that the best that can be offered are powerful, painkilling drugs.  This is truly an unfortunate and incorrect approach to a very treatable condition.

     There are also many other causes for this condition other than diabetes. Another example is the sudden reduction of blood pressure due to anti-hypertensive prescriptions.  This situation can, however, be offset with simple circulation enhancing techniques.

3. There are no treatment procedures for neuropathy.

The treatment procedures which work so well do not need to be administered by a doctor. Therefore the doctor is not motivated to teach the simple procedures to the patient. Experience has proven that most family doctors are not even aware of these easy methods and are not motivated to get involved with this type of patient management, simply because it’s too time intensive and not worthwhile financially. Patients therefore must assume the responsibility of learning and implementing the methods of self treatment. This is actually a good and positive thing! Significant amounts of money will be saved by the patient taking over their own case and not paying the high professional fees. By reducing these costs, most any person is able to correct their neuropathy problem without the financial burdens which eliminate many individuals from getting the care which they otherwise need and deserve.

peripheral neuropathy symptoms

peripheral neuropathy symptoms 

4. It just gets worse with time, and you have to accept that you are “stuck” with it.

     This statement is only true if the neuropathy patient ignores their condition and takes no remedial action.  If corrective, self treatment procedures are implemented by the patient, the miserable symptoms of neuropathy can be greatly improved.  Instead of the condition worsening and an individual finding herself “stuck” with it, life gets much better as the pain, numbness, and tingling sensations get better and normal life returns.  This is made possible as the sufferer begins taking easy and proven steps for improving the circulation in the legs and feet.

5. Since you are diabetic, there is no help available for you.

     This very incorrect, but common statement is so unfortunate and untrue.  Although the condition of diabetes does indeed complicate the condition of neuropathy, it does not eliminate the diabetic patient from significant help with their neuropathy condition.  Most persons with diabetic neuropathy would be very satisfied with 30-70% improvement of their condition.  This is what we have experienced by teaching diabetic individuals how to increase circulation and regenerate the health of their sensory nerves in the legs, feet, and hands.

   In terms of all of the misconceptions I’ve just addressed, it is ultimately the responsibility of the neuropathy sufferer to prove them incorrect for himself, by acquiring the information and education necessary to start the healing process on his own.  A doctor likely won’t hold your hand through this process, nor even point you in the right general direction.  Unfortunately, that’s just not the way the system as it’s set up today works.