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What is peripheral neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy accompanied by nerve damage is experienced by approximately 20 million people in the U.S.

PN is a condition that varies in severity from individual to individual, depending on health status. Peripheral neuropathy is any condition affecting normal functionality of nerves in the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is composed of the network of nerves that connects the central nervous system – brain and spinal cord – to the rest of the body.Chronic prickling, numbness or cold sensation in your extremities (feet and hands), which can spread to arms and legs.

Source: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/14737-neuropathy

Source: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Peripheral-Neuropathy-Fact-Sheet

What causes peripheral neuropathy?

Although not diabetics develop peripheral neuropathy, many do exhibit signs of PN. It is estimated that 60 percent to 80 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes experience some type of neuropathy symptoms. Left untreated, PN can become acute enough to cause debilitation and symptoms including digestive abnormalities, acute pain, cardiac complications and fatality if allowed to progress to a systemic situation involving multiple organ systems.

Source: http://brainfoundation.org.au/disorders/peripheral-neuropathy

Source: https://www.foundationforpn.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/FPN-NAFFinalDPNBrochurev6.pdf

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy

Although this not a conclusive list of symptoms and not a guaranteed confirmation of PN diagnosis, these are some signs experienced by those experiencing peripheral neuropathy:

Source: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Peripheral-Neuropathy-Fact-Sheet

Pharmaceutical treatment for peripheral neuropathy

Doctors may prescribe medications which can cause side-effects, and include anti-seizure and anti-depressant drugs. Side effects may include the following:

Source: https://www.rxlist.com/seizure_medications/drugs-condition.htm

Source: https://www.rxlist.com/antidepressants/drugs-condition.htm

Although medications may manage peripheral neuropathy, they do not target and resolve the root cause of this and many health disorders. Identifying the culprit of disease can create a successful outcome and healing for the condition under consideration.

The following information is intended to address underlying causes of peripheral neuropathy, which is typically a secondary condition that arises because of a primary health issue such as diabetes. Dietary and lifestyle habits have marked impact on the ability of our bodies to recover and heal from a variety of illnesses and disease.

Dietary habits to avoid complications that can lead to diabetes, auto-immune disease, gastrointestinal disorders and others that may lead to peripheral neuropathy:

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vegetarianism-and-plant-foods/living-with-phytic-acid/

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/proper-preparation-of-grains-and-legumes-video-by-sarah-pope/

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/modern-diseases/against-the-grain/

Supplements that may be helpful in treating peripheral neuropathy

Source: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03492047

Studies reveal reduction in demyelination of nerves, restore peripheral nerve function, and neuropathic pain. In demyelination, the myelin sheath of neurons becomes damaged.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5651013/

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5875591/

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29089890

Source: https://www.foundationforpn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Supplements-Not-highlighted.pdf

The following non-drug treatments may be beneficial to prevent and treat peripheral neuropathy, depending on location / severity of the condition:

Source: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Peripheral-Neuropathy-Fact-Sheet

Please consult with a qualified health care practitioner before starting any type of regimen to treat this or other chronic health care condition.

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