Peripheral Neuropathy



Neuropathic pain is a condition in which the nerves that are outside of the central nervous system become injured or damaged.  This includes nerves in the legs, feet, arms, hands and shoulders. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition affects 20 million Americans. This affects the nerves farthest from the spinal cord first, typically the feet, sometimes hands and gets worse and worse. Individuals who are suffering from peripheral neuropathy may experience any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Tingling and numbness in toes
  • Pins and needles in hands or feet
  • Loss of sensitivity or vibration
  • Feet feel hot or on fire
  • Feet are frequently cold
  • Burning or stabbing pain in hands or feet
  • Electric shocks, shooting, sharp, or jabbing pain
  • Extreme sensitivity or pain to even light touch
  • Sheets or bed covers hurt feet
  • Inability to feel at all, feet feel dead
  • Can’t distinguish hot or cold sensation
  • Restless legs, creepy crawlies
  • Feels like socks, walking on marbles or gloves are on when they aren’t
  • Loss of coordination
  • Difficulty walking or balance problems
  • Shingles or post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Muscle weakness, cramping or muscle spasms
  • Complex regional pain syndrome or RSD

These symptoms can occur independently or all at the same time.  Until recently, there have been no effective treatments for peripheral neuropathy.  Most doctors told patients they would have to live with the pain, or prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) or Neurontin (gabapentin) which were medications for epilepsy and seizures. Other drugs that have been tried with limited results are Elavil (amitriptyline), other antidepressants and opiate pain killers in some patients.  Side effects of these drugs are numerous, including nausea, drowsiness, headaches, dizziness, gas, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia,  dry mouth, blurred vision, weight gain, swelling, difficulty concentrating, memory loss, mood change, depression, hallucinations, delusions, suicidal ideations, and many, many more.

Epic Healthcare and Physical Medicine has several solutions for diabetic nerve pain and other neuropathies without the use of addictive medications or painful surgeries. We are now offering an exciting new treatment for neuropathy developed by some of the top Pain Medicine Specialists in the country that is safe and highly effective for most people – even diabetics. We use a combination of Integrated Nerve Blocks and Electronic Signal Treatment. Some patients also benefit from physical therapy, vibration therapy, cold laser treatment (low level laser), or nutritional support such as PercuraTM, which is a medical food supplement available by prescription only. L-Arginine is also a supplement that has been known to help. We have had excellent results treating these symptoms which have had very few treatment options in the past and it’s covered by most insurance plans.

More commonly called diabetic nerve pain, it comes from many causes other than diabetes. The most important part of effectively treating neuropathy is diagnosing the the underlying cause and specific nerve or nerves that are damaged or compressed and thus, find the true source of the problem. There can be many causes for this type of nerve damage.  Some of the causes include:

  • Direct trauma
  • Chemical injury
  • Drugs (both street and prescriptions)
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Alcoholism
  • Shingles
  • Stroke
  • Back or spine surgery
  • Back, leg, knee or hip problems
  • Systemic illness like Cancer, AIDS, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Autoimmune disorders, or Diabetes.

How do you effectively treat neuropathy?

Electronic Signal Treatment for peripheral neuropathy delivers specific electrical frequency and amplitude to target the offending nerves. These specific protocols calm down the nerve pain and reduce hyper-irritated state of the nerves. Stimulation to the chemical messengers in the nervous system help repair the damaged cells and provide long term relief. This treatment is also able to decrease inflammation and swelling, improve circulation, and improve neuron function.

No steroids are used in this treatment, which actually diminish the immune system response and can increase blood glucose (sugar) levels. Our Integrated Nerve Block is an injection typically around the major nerves of the lower leg and foot using Marcaine (Bupivacaine HCl), which is a local anesthetic. This not only aids in pain reduction but makes the Electric Signal Treatment more effective. By combining physics (EST) and chemistry (INB), we have seen dramatic results.

Typical traditional medical therapies may provide only limited relief of symptoms include pain killers, steroids like prednisone, anti-seizure medications and anti-depressants.

What can I do to avoid or help neuropathy?

  • Quit smoking
  • Exercise
  • Evaluate medication list
  • Get adequate sleep and rest
  • Proper nutrition and healthy meals
  • Spinal hygiene and proper care of the spine
  • Avoid prolonged pressure the on nerves or limbs

Call (972) 355-0083 NOW for a FREE consultation to see if our doctors can solve your pain.