What is neuropathy? Neuropathy is not a single disease, instead, it is a complication found in a number of different underlying medical conditions. It can also be seen without the cause being diagnosed, when doctors called it “idiopathic”.
The term neuropathy is short for peripheral neuropathy, meaning nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system. Only nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord are involved, so peripheral neuropathy does not include nerve damage in the central nervous system.
Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S…over 20 million Americans have it. Peripheral neuropathy or “nerve damage” disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. Peripheral neuropathy can be compared to the body’s electrical wiring system breaking down, causing numbness, pain, weakness and poor coordination.
Diabetic Neuropathy Treatment
Associates MD will provide you with an accurate diagnosis through state of the art diagnostics to ensure we can give you the relief you are looking for. An accurate diagnosis and the severity of your condition will guide the treatment program.
While pain is most frequently the first symptom people notice, loss of sensation may be your first symptom, or it may indicate progression. Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS is often associated with neuropathy, and we frequently treat this condition.
Our patients are experiencing relief of their symptoms and achieving a much more active lifestyle. The relief you may feel in your feet could give you freedom and mobility. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy left untreated can lead to severe problems; however, there is no need to suffer any longer. In many cases, you can finally live pain free, with peace and joy in your life again.
The pain would keep me up at night. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst, I was @ 10. I've had symptoms of neuropathy for about 3 years. It felt as though my feet were in a vice. My toes felt like they were on fire. The pain would radiate up my shins when I was barefooted. Standing up it felt like I was standing on uneven surfaces. My motor coordination was affected. After my very first treatment I did not have intense pain as before, it was definitely noticeable. I am currently on my 12th treatment and my discomfort level is maybe a one. I am able to do more and my motor skills are improving. I look forward to my treatments because I know I am on the right path to getting better. I am now sleeping through the night. I am telling just about everyone I come in contact with because I know it is working.
I first heard of this program from a friend/co-worker. He experienced positive results after his first treatment. I am a type 2 diabetic. The first clue I had of the problem was neuropathy in my feet. It progressed rapidly to a miserable state of being, restricting mobility, and concern of injuries. Even after getting my blood sugar under control the neuropathy persisted. Prescribed medication brought no relief. I had to alter my entire life according to this ailment. After an evaluation by M.J. and Guillermo, P.A., I elected to pursue this course of treatment. THE BEST DECISION I'VE EVER MADE! Two weeks into the program sensations are returning to my feet. Mobility and agility are within my reach again! My life is changing direction with the prospect of full recovery. With diabetes reaching epidemic proportions in this country, THIS TREATMENT IS NECESSARY!!! I would like to extend a heart-felt "THANK YOU" to all of the professional, talented, dedicated people involved in my very positive experience. M.J., Guillermo, Grace... Thank you and God Bless!
My name is Rose Faerman and I have been coming to MD Associates for treatment of neuropathy. I am a picky person I hate to say, and so 1 believe you must be conscientious of your patient's needs and care. I also believe you must be considerate and have a nice disposition. The first time MJ called me for axion test appointment I knew I would like him. He answered my questions and put me at ease since I did not know much about the procedure. My first visit I met the assistant Grace. Oh my, 1 loved her immediately. She displayed her tender caring ways and it was obvious that Doctor and NU depended on her. And then I met Dr. Guillermo. I couldn't believe how I was treated as I was leery due to past experiences with doctors. I was at ease with these trio of professionals as I soon will complete 22 sets of injections and treatments and it does sadden me to know I soon will be leaving them. This team has become a part of my family! I am so glad that I decided to come here for treatment and I would highly recommend this procedure to anyone as I have seen a great improvement. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
I suffer from severe diabetic neuropathy. I have had this condition for many years. When I was diagnosed with Diabetes, I did not take it very seriously which led to me having one of my toes cut off. I also developed charcot foot which has had a very negative impact on my quality of life. I just completed the neuropathy program 6 months ago and could not believe the positive results I got from this program. I recently had my 6 month follow up and still have full relief of pain and my burning. I am beyond grateful to the neuropathy program and the excellent team that was there for me the entire time. They continue to follow up and check on me which has made this program that much more rewarding.
Since receiving the neuropathy treatments I am now able to finally sleep through the night pain free. I am happy. Life is good!
My name is Len Bitondo. I am a seventy year old male in fair health. I have type 2 diabetes and neuropathy that extends from my toes to my knees. I have been treated for the last four years with different compound creams with limited success until they became unavailable. When I started Dr. Olinsky’s program, I had pins and needles in my feet when walking with very little feeling and no relief besides pain meds. The first treatment I received stopped the pins and needles and just left some numbness. I’m about halfway through the program now and the pins and needles have not returned. At this point every treatment I receive reduces the amount of numbness and has increased feeling in both feet. I am doing more and at times I forget I have Neuropathy. I am optimistic that I’m going to be one of his successes and be completely cured.
Leonard Bitondo, MBA
I did it!!!! I slept the whole night with a fan on and my feet didn't hurt!! Also, I can walk barefoot! This treatment does work!!
I have taken the Neuropthy 20 treatment program with DR. Olinsky and Mike Johnson and the program has done me extremely well. I would say that my improvement is about 85 % when coupled with proper diet to control one's Blood Sugar and also take a few supplements. Supplements like Lipoic Acid, N-Acetyl Cystene, Acetyl L-Carnitine, L Taurine, Vitamin B12--Methylcobalin and the active form of Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine 5 phosphate. This is my SUCCESS story I am walking very Good---Great Program when combined with the proper diet and correct Supplements.
Howard -- Miramar
Diabetic Neuropathy Symptoms
Patients with diabetic neuropathy present with a wide variety of sensory, motor, and autonomic symptoms:
- Sensory symptoms—These include numbness, loss of balance, burning, prickling pain, tingling, electric shock-like feelings and hypersensitivity to touch.
- Motor symptoms—These include impaired coordination and difficulty with tasks such as opening jars or turning keys. Foot slapping and toe scuffing or frequent tripping may be early symptoms of foot weakness. Other motor symptoms include difficulty climbing up and down stairs, difficulty getting up from a seated or supine position, falls due to the knees giving way, and difficulty raising the arms above the shoulders.
- Autonomic symptoms—These include dry skin due to lack of sweating or excessive sweating in defined areas, sensitivity to bright lights, postural lightheadedness, fainting, urinary symptoms (such as urgency, incontinence, dribbling), gastrointestinal symptoms (such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea, or vomiting), and sexual symptoms such as erectile dysfunction, impotence and ejaculatory failure in men, loss of ability to reach sexual climax in women.
How to Prevent Diabetic Neuropathy?
Depending on whether you have developed diabetic neuropathy or not, there are a number of strategies that will help prevent the onset of neuropathy and/or progression of it:
- Control blood sugar: The number one strategy for preventing the progression of diabetic neuropathy is tight and stable glycemic control. Fluctuations in blood sugar have been shown to aggravate and/or induce neuropathic pain. You should work with your primary care physicians and nutritionists to develop a realistic diet for lowering blood glucose and minimizing large fluctuations in blood glucose.
- Diligent foot care: You require frequent follow-up, with particular attention to foot inspection at every doctor’s visit. Examining your feet daily is critical and the importance of protection and care of “insensitive” feet cannot be overemphasized. Any bacterial or fungal infections require prompt medical attention. Well-fitting shoes help prevent foots sores and trauma.
- Be active every day: Be as active as possible. With considerable sensory loss or autonomic dysfunction, be cautious about exercising in extreme weather conditions, which may result in injury. For example, if you have numbness you may not be aware of frostbite injuries during prolonged cold exposure, or if you have abnormal sweating you may become easily overheated in hot conditions. In most cases, consulting with your primary care doctor before you initiate an exercise regime helps.
- Regular check-ups: Work with your primary care physician to control your diabetes. Periodically, a consultation with an endocrinologist helps as does a consultation with a neurologist at the earliest symptoms of neuropathy. When warranted, work with your physical and occupational therapist to maintain and build your muscle strength.
Did you know?
Did you know that “neuropathy” is frequently misspelled by people searching for information about causes, symptoms and pain treatment online? It’s true! Some of the most common misspellings we frequently see are neuropothy, nueropothy, neurophy, neuopathy, nuropathy, neurapathy, neurothopy, nueropothy, nuropothy, neoropathy, and newropathy.