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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do my feet feel cold yet they're warm when I touch them?
Neuropathy effects the sensory nerve endings, the cells at the end of these nerves at the skin level to die off and recede deeper into the tissue. The nerve itself is not dead, just the nerve ends, so the nerve will continue to fire without any outside stimulus causing the abnormal sensation of cold.
How does my neuropathy affect my balance?
As the nerve ending recede deeper into the tissues the contact at the sole of the foot is lost, so you begin to lose the ability to know exactly where your foot is in relation to your body and begin to feel like you are walking on a sponge or piece of card board. You come to rely more on your eyes and your depth perception for your balance. You may have noticed that when in the shower and you close your eyes to wash your hair you need to reach out and touch or grab on to something to maintain your balance.
I've been told the nerve is dead, how does a dead nerve cause pain?
The whole nerve is not dead, just the nerve endings at the skin level, the nerve endings no longer respond to normal stimulus to the same level it did when healthy leaving the nerve to just fire on its own, very similar to what an amputee may experience with phantom pains in a limb they no longer have.
Why is it worse at night?
Neuropathy causes damage to the nerve ending, but not all of them in the beginning so you still have a number of normal nerve endings. During the day when you have your socks and shoes on, trying to do normal activities you stimulate the normal nerves and it overrides the abnormal sensations, at night you take your shoes and socks off and the stimulation to the normal nerves is not as strong the abnormal nerve endings deeper in the tissue become more apparent.
Do I have to live with this for the rest of my life?
No, there are effective treatments not involving medications or surgery. The initial published studies were done over 20 years ago and since then over 150 studies have been published in medical journals here in the US and around the world. Over the past twenty years these treatments have be refined, combined and improved upon to provide remarkable results. Unfortunately our healthcare system is framed around a medication or surgical approach even when the science is there for alternative approaches. The video below is a short segment of a longer documentary about our health care system in the US, that may give you some insight to how we have evolved. Our office offers the free consultation and evaluation so you can learn how to reverse your neuropathy and maintain the results at no obligation. I hope you will make an appointment to learn how our protocols work.
Why do I have pain when my feet feel numb?
Different types of nerve endings produce different sensations, one type will produce the numb feeling, while another produces pain.
Do medications work for neuropathy?
There was an extensive review done on the effects of medications for neuropathy in 2017. Here is the link to copy and paste into your search engine: https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2017/4/3/few-drugs-effective-in-treating-neuropathy-pain
Why does neuropathy effect my ability to drive my car?
As neuropathy progresses the nerve loss it will lead to a loss of awareness in the feet. This can cause difficulty determining how much pressure to apply to the gas or the brake. It will eventually lead to not knowing if you foot is on the brake or the gas pedal, at that time please start having others drive for you. Do this for your safety and others on the road.
Is there a cure for neuropathy?
Unfornuately there is no cure at this time. There are effective non-surgical, non-medication treatments that can reverse neuropathy, but neuropathy is caused by an underlying problem, it does not start on its own. If the treatments are not continued for the rest of a neuropathy sufferers life the neuropathy will return, ususally within a few weeks to months of the last treatment. Medications can mask the symptoms but will not stop or even slow neuropathy from getting worse, requiring increases or changes to stronger medications until it reaches a point where they no longer give any relief at all.