Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome. What you might not know is that carpal tunnel syndrome is only one of a family of ailments in the upper limbs known as entrapment neuropathies. The other entrapment neuropathies are not as well-known in the mainstream as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), so often those who suffer from nerve symptoms in their forearms and hands frequently jump to conclusions without having an accurate diagnosis.

An entrapment neuropathy, also called nerve compression syndrome, occurs when a nerve is wedged or “pinched” against a bone, inflamed muscle. Aside from the median nerve (the one associated with CTS) there are two main nerves that help to control your arm and hand: the radial nerve and the ulnar nerve. Both are susceptible to compression, and the results can be painful!

Entrapment occurs under a number of conditions, most commonly:

  • When there is an injury originating at your neck or a disease of the cervical spine
  • When your elbow has been injured due to fractures or improper use
  • When your wrist has been injured due to fractures or Guyon canal alignment problems
  • An aneurysm or thrombosis in your arteries
  • Factors commonly associated with peripheral neuropathy, such as diabetes, rheumatism, alcoholism, or infection

Your radial nerve runs the length of your arm, and is responsible for both movement and sensation. Radial neuropathy usually occurs at the back of the elbow, and can present itself with many of the common symptoms of neuropathy such as tingling, loss of sensation, weakness and reduced muscle control (in this case, often difficulty in turning your palm upwards with your elbow extended).

A number of palsies affect the radial nerve, such as:

  • Saturday night palsy (also called Honeymooner’s palsy), where your radial nerve is compressed in your upper arm by falling asleep in a position where pressure is exerted on it by either furniture or a bed partner
  • Crutch palsy, where your nerve is pinched by poorly-fitted axillary crutches
  • Handcuff neuropathy, wherein tight handcuffs compress your radial nerve at your wrists

Two main conditions affect the ulnar nerve: Guyon’s canal syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. Guyon’s canal syndrome is almost exactly the same in symptoms as carpal tunnel syndrome (pain and tingling in the palm and first three fingers), but involves a completely different nerve. Guyon’s canal syndrome is caused by pressure on your wrists, often by resting them at a desk or workstation, and is frequently experienced by cyclists due to pressure from the handlebars.

Nearly everyone has experienced cubital tunnel syndrome: it’s the “dead arm” sensation we’ve all felt when we wake up after sleeping on top of our arm! Sleeping with your arm folded up compresses the ulnar nerve at your shoulder, causing it to effectively “cut off” feeling to your arm. As you probably know from experience, this sensation is unsettling but temporary.

Diagnosis for all compression neuropathies is fairly consistent: We’ll examine your arms for signs of neuropathy, and will likely ask you to perform several demonstrations of dexterity.  If we suspect you may have an underlying condition,lab tests may be recommended. To pinpoint the specific location of a compression, we may also suggest MRI.

Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, most cases of compression neuropathy are mild. Good self care for mild cases involves ice, rest, and a change in habits of motion or stress that are causing the symptoms. Otherwise, professional care in office as well as at home is often indicated.

If you suffer from a compression neuropathy or have questions about this or any other kind of neuropathy, call us ASAP. As with any neuropathy, don’t wait! The sooner you get an accurate diagnosis, the more conservative options for treatment you’ll have.

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References:

http://www.mdguidelines.com/neuropathy-of-radial-nerve-entrapment
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1285531-overview
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1244885-overview
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2599973/?tool=pmcentrez

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Eating More Frequently May Manage Neuropathy & Weight Easier?

On the surface, a statement like that might seem wrong. After all, isn’t eating at the root of weight gain, obesity, and its complications? To a point, yes. This is especially true when we consume far more calories in one sitting then we need, and load our meals with carbohydrates and poor-quality fats. So eating more frequently may manage neuropathy and my weight easier?

Eating more frequently will stimulate your metabolism—or, how efficiently you burn versus store fat, keep your blood sugar more even, and actually help keep you warmer.

What I tell all my neuropathy patients—and, indeed, every patient—is to try to eat something not more than three hours apart.

But a little-known fact is that when we eat less frequently, we become much more efficient at storing fat rather than burning it. This is not to say periodic fasting isn’t helpful. Turns out it actually is.

So what does this have to do with managing peripheral neuropathy?

The bottom line is, eating more frequently will stimulate your metabolism—or, how efficiently you burn versus store fat, keep your blood sugar more even, and actually help keep you warmer. For patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, all of these things are crucial.

But this does not mean you can eat anything you want. What we do know is that by consuming relatively low amounts of carbohydrates in our meals, along with periodic low carb snacks, we become much more efficient metabolically. *Now, if you are an insulin-dependent diabetic, some of what I say here will not apply, so please be careful and work with your Doctor here.

What I tell all my patients is to try to eat something low carb (low carb meal or if a snack  some almonds, cashews, half a banana or apple, small salad with olive oil, small chia bar for example) not more than three hours apart. For example, you will start your breakfast with something like a protein shake, or a small serving of steel-cut oatmeal with a little added fat like Earth Balance, perhaps some berries. Approximately three hours later, you’ll have six to 10 almonds, or perhaps another lean, low-carbohydrate snack if nut allergies are a problem.

Again, this points out the need to work with well-trained neuropathy treatment professionals to truly manage your peripheral neuropathy and, indeed, your health in general.

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Neuropathy, Pain and Foot Care

Maybe you are overweight, have diabetes or maybe you’ve completed a course of chemotherapy. Or if you suffer from pain or burning in your feet, legs or hands, you’re not alone. More than half the people suffering from neuropathy and foot pain report that they’ve tried complementary treatments in addition to traditional medicine to help relieve their pain and especially improve overall health and well being.

We all need to take special care of our feet and be very aware of any sign of problems. The older we get the more important this becomes.This week let’s talk more about neuropathy, pain and foot care. There are many things you can do daily at home to help you. Here are few to really focus on.

If you are Overweight or have Diabetes tightly control your blood sugar.

This may sound like a no-brainer but many people with diabetes don’t realize how toxic high blood sugar is. High blood sugar is what causes nerve pain and damage. Keeping blood sugar levels close to normal can not only stop ongoing damage; some damage may even be reversible. That provides even more promise for fighting neuropathy pain.

Take Exceptional Care of Your Feet

Nerve pain is usually what brings people in to see their doctors. But the numbness in their feet and inability to feel even the smallest injury can lead to infections and ulceration and ultimately end in amputation. If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy you need pain and foot care. Carefully inspect your feet every time you shower and be very aware of any sign of problems. Some things you can do are:

  • Clean and inspect your feet every day. If you have any irritation or wound that’s not healing properly, get medical care immediately.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t wear shoes that pinch your toes or rub blisters on your heels.
  • Wear padded socks to cushion the ball of your feet and the heel.
  • Either cut your toenails straight across or have a professional do it for you.

All of these things can go a long way to making your quality of life with neuropathy pain and foot care as good as it can be!

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“If your Pain & Neuropathy Treatment is so GOOD then Why doesn’t MY Doctor know about it?”

“If your Pain & Neuropathy Treatment is so GOOD then Why doesn’t MY Doctor know about it?” This is a question we answer every day.

The reality is, most physicians do everything they can to help their patients. Unfortunately, especially in practices that do not specialize, the doctors are oftentimes unaware of new and drug free systems and procedures that may be available to help their patients.

Now don’t get me wrong, oftentimes drugs a life-saving approach, and you should always defer these decisions to your well-trained medical professionals. You probably already know however that in many forms of chronic pain and especially peripheral neuropathy drug only therapy can be a dead end.

But unfortunately, drug therapy is the only training most medical professionals and facilities ever receive. Furthermore, we know the pharmaceutical industry is huge, with immense marketing budgets and constant bombardment of their messages not only to patients but doctors as well.

And this is not a new problem. I remember 30+ years ago having discussions with my medical doctor friends about this very issue. Many times intense pharmaceutical marketing makes their jobs more difficult, rather than easier.

But the good news is, we now know that many patients who combine drug therapy with the latest available neuropathy and chronic pain treatments do far better. Often times, these neuropathy patients are able to reduce and sometimes eliminate certain medications.

These specialized neuropathy chronic pain treatments include patient training and applications of special neuropathy treatment modalities.

Some of the biggest neuropathy treatment breakthroughs are occurring in electrotherapy, laser therapy, in other neurostimulatory techniques.

There are now many systems available to help patients deal more effectively with their neuropathy, pain, sleep and life disruption then ever before.

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Your Symptoms and Cell Efficiency

One of the things we get asked all the time is, “What makes NeuropathyDR different?” This is a really good question. For anybody who suffers (or loves someone who does) from peripheral neuropathy or another form of chronic pain, it can be very frustrating to sort through all the details. Treating both your symptoms and cell efficiency is how we are able to provide good treatment based in science…but here is what you must realize first:

Significant improvement in the quality of life can happen by making a few simple changes in your diet and lifestyle and adding special combinations of good treatment.

Our background is in health care and nutrition. So, when I first began intensely treating pain & neuropathy patients in 2008, we knew that improving their underlying health—especially how nerve cells process energy—had to help improve many patients’ peripheral neuropathy and other forms of nerve damage or chronic pain. Of course, there are some patients we cannot help. But we do find that even in patients with genetic neuropathies or other extremely difficult-to-treat cases, significant improvement in the quality of life can happen by making a few simple changes and adding special combinations of good neuropathy treatments.

Your nervous system is made up of billions of cells called neurons. Neurons are highly sensitive to their own environmental changes; things like long-term oxygen starvation due to cigarette smoking, or carrying around too much body weight for too long. Our society is now developing diabetes at alarming rate, in younger and younger age groups. This is largely due to poor food and lifestyle choices. We are also living longer, as a byproduct of better infection control, better chemotherapy drugs, and surgeries.

These things all bring with them increased chances for developing chronic and painful conditions such as peripheral neuropathy. The reason for this is, all of the things we have talked about today will affect how our body processes energy—leading to the development of peripheral neuropathy. Wherever possible, helping to restore energy efficiency to nerve cells can make a tremendous difference in many patients with peripheral neuropathy. And that is why our treatment program includes better nutrition and body motion—improving both your symptoms and cell efficiency by adding therapies such as neurostimulation, laser, and physical therapy, often with nutritional supplementation.

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Think You May Have Neuropathy?

Think you may have neuropathy? One hundred million Americans suffer some form of chronic pain—and 25% of those suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy (PN). Unfortunately, like so many disorders, PN is reaching epidemic proportions.

Why is that? Well, it looks like many forms are lifestyle-related. The most common cause is likely related to the increasing rates of obesity and poor fitness. But because there are many different causes, it is important to work with a healthcare professional that understands this, and tries to identify any possible causes early on.

The most important thing of all while searching for possible correctable causes is to embark upon a self-treatment program early on. This includes learning more about your own health and fitness.

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of maintaining proper body weight. Another immediate step you can take is limiting possible irritants and artificial sweeteners from your diet. Failing to take immediate action to help move your health in a positive direction is a big mistake.

Make every attempt to begin some non-drug therapies like nerve stimulation, laser, and physical therapy early on—even during the diagnostic process! The reason for this is quite simple: As we said, many patients search for answers, and all the while their health continues to deteriorate.Some care may dull the pain for a while. But, unfortunately, symptoms often return, with a vengeance.

Don’t let this be you. Please steer clear of the magic Google “cure” or  latest “Nerve Formula” on Facebook. Only an accurate diagnosis is the clearest pathway toward the best available treatment.

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Is LLLT Effective Pain & Neuropathy Treatment?

LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy) including LLLT and laser in human healthcare dates back to the space program of the 1990s. But is LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment? The answer is a resounding yes, IF great equipment and trained physicians are utilized.

According to SBIR/NASA, LED has been utilized as part of cancer treatment, especially for a complication called oral mucositis. LEDs have also been used for improved wound healing, as well as “speeding deconditioned personnel to full duty performance”. LED (Light Emitting Diode) usage has also been approved by the Naval special warfare command. 1

But how exactly does this work? Well, the scientific explanations are highly technical. But what has been known for centuries is that light speeds healing. Once upon a time, ill patients from infectious disease units and TB wards were rolled out into sunlight daily. Wounds that failed to heal were also exposed to sunlight.

From a simple perspective though, we know that light energy is simply clusters of photons or energy particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths.

We also know that various wavelengths of light can then have specific effects. The most important effect that may have a bearing on peripheral neuropathy and related conditions is the ability to stimulate metabolism, or cellular efficiency.

You see, all the work we have done in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy since 2008 has been focused upon improving cell energy. This also of course includes diet, exercise and certain other compounds found in nature such as amino acids, carnitine, and lipoic acid.

You probably also know we’ve extensively used electrotherapy via the NDGen® Neurostimulator.

With the combination of laser, both in clinic and at home with the Wearable Laser you see below, we are now able to expand our reach and help more patients than ever before with LLLT effective pain and neuropathy treatment.

Although the research is early, it is extraordinarily encouraging. Talk to our team about possibly adding light therapy to your treatment. Consider this especially if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other poor wound-healing complications.

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1 http://sbir.nasa.gov/SBIR/successes/ss/8-035text.html

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Why Does Neuropathy Foot Pain Hurt So Bad?

Millions of patients around the world wake up each day wondering, “why does this neuropathy foot pain have to ruin my day?” The pain, burning, numbness and tingling are sometimes just too much to bear. Many would rather just go back to sleep and pretend it’s not time to face the world.

Well, what if you could face the world with your neuropathy pain under control? What if there was a way to make it better? Would you be interested?

That’s a question many patients would say yes too immediately. But, sometimes people like to understand what’s happening that makes them hurt so bad.

What Causes Neuropathy Foot Pain?

Neuropathy foot pain can be difficult to understand because it’s caused by many factors. Here are just a few of the possible causes:

  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy
  • Injury
  • Idiopathic – this means we don’t even know the cause
  • Toxic exposure
  • Genetics
  • Metabolic problems
  • And there’s still more

What happens is that the nerves are damaged by one of these disease processes. Symptoms can range from sensory problems like temperature, pain or touch intolerances to muscle weakness and even paralysis. The neuropathy foot pain is directly related to damaged nerves in the feet and legs. Although, there are other nerves throughout the body that may damaged as well.

Nuropathy foot pain associated with sensory nerves often begins gradually and worsens over time. At first, it can likely be ignored as a discomfort, but often leads to varied levels of intolerance. Hopefully, you seek help early and not after much progression has occurred. Early intervention often leads to the best outcomes.

What Kind of Help Is There for Foot Neuropathy?

The feet are often one of the first “victims” of neuropathic pain. From burning and tingling to crazy itching and prickling. The discomfort can progress to severe pain. The key is to treat before symptoms become severe. Though there is help for severe pain, faster relief can be had when symptoms are not as pronounced.

One of the therapies that has been shown to be effective is neurostimulation. Our team at neuropathydr.com has worked tirelessly to take this to the next level. That’s what led us to create the NDGen neurostimulation system. When the NDGen is combined with our conduction socks (nice and comfy), your feet will know they’ve finally found relief.

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Acidophilus Can Make or Break Your Health

Making a statement like acidophilus can make or break your health may sound like a pretty powerful declaration, but it’s a true one. Many of you may wonder, “what in the world do you mean by that?” Here’s the answer.

Our bodies are so dependent on hidden functions that we learn to take them for granted. The stomach or gut, as it is often called, is a hidden wonderland of protective mechanisms. The lining of the gut contains millions of neurons (nerve cells). As one of the powerhouse neuronal organs of the body it’s no wonder so much is affected when it gets out of whack. When this portion of the body gets out of sync, chaos can ensue.

For instance, the common lifestyle of this day and age is all about stress and hurry. We eat poorly, don’t rest enough and always think we must be doing more, more, more. This type of lifestyle eventually takes a harsh toll on the body. Once this degradation begins, the next step is problems begin to ensue.

Specifically, when the enteric nervous system (gut neurons) gets messed up due to our bad habits, here are just a few things that can begin to be affected.

  • Poor moods, depression, anxiety
  • Poor bowel functions – leads to increased toxins and build up. This then leads to malfunctions of just about every part of the body.
  • Immune problems and increased susceptibility to other invaders

So, what can we do about it?

How Can Acidophilus Help Gut Health?

In the last couple of decades, stories of probiotics of varying types have been used and abused by the popular markets. The premise is good on which they stand, but the message and the why are not always as forthcoming.

Probiotics, of which acidophilus is one, are not magic pills. Though they can have great impact when taken for specific repair, they can’t fix everything.

The most commonly studied and tested probiotics are Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. FOS or fructooligosaccharides, are also used in probiotic to promote fermentation. Now finding supplements that can provide all these benefits is what makes research fun.

Instead of searching the world over, our team here at NeuropathyDR decided to create an acidophilus combination that is second to none. With our acidophilus/bifidobacter/FOS combination, you can rest assured you are getting the right probiotics in the correct doses to help reestablish a healthy gut flora. This results in a happy gut and a happy gut is a happy you.

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Acetyl-L-Carnitine – Can It Help You?

Most people don’t have a clue what acetyl-L-carnitine is. Perhaps, you see it on the vitamin shelf and think, “yeah, whatever,” if you notice it at all. However, this supplement has been getting a lot of attention for its potential benefits.

As with any supplement, medicine or treatment, there’s no one-stop-shop or magic pill for everyone and everything. We’re all different and have varied chemistries. Consequently, this means things can act differently in our bodies. That’s why it’s impossible for someone to say, “this is a 100% effective.”

That’s also why it’s important for all of us to be wise stewards of our own health. For this reason, here at neuropathydr.com we enjoy sharing potentially helpful information in hopes we can help you.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is one of those hidden gems with the potential to help many. Now, we’d like to introduce you.

How Can Acetyl-L-Carnitine Help You?

To begin with, acetyl-l-carnitine is an amino acid. In case you don’t remember from science class, amino acids are the building blocks for proteins. However, this amino acid acts differently. Acetyl-l-carnitine helps our nerve cells utilize energy and function at peak levels.

We won’t go in depth about the details of how. More importantly, we want to focus on what it can do.

Based on research across decades, acetyl-l-carnitine has emerged as effective in supporting optimal brain health. It also helps memory and much more. Beyond the brain, it has shown great promise for impacting neuropathy pain, nerve functioning, energy levels and still more.

Here is just a small list of areas acetyl-l-carnitine is being or has been researched for its beneficial properties. These have shown varied levels of effectiveness, but all are believed to show promise though more research continues to be needed.

  • Memory improvement
  • Increased energy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Poor brain functions due to certain causes
  • Nerve pain (neuropathy)
  • ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression
  • Fragile X – decreased hyperactive behaviors
  • Fibromyalgia – improved pain

And so much more.

With the potential of this supplement, we would be doing our readers a disservice if we didn’t share.

So, is this a guarantee it will help you? No. Is there a chance acetyl-l-carnitine could help you, definitely! If you’d like to give this supplement a try today, we do offer it here solo and in topical and as part of our Metabolic Dose Packs. (REMEMBER: Reception Room Members SAVE 10% Every Day!).

As with any supplement be sure to check with your physicians before beginning.

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