Neuropathy is defined as a disease or dysfunction of one or more peripheral nerves, typically causing numbness, weakness, and/or pain. Chronic pain from neuropathy is usually due to injury to the tissues, where nerve fibers may be dysfunctional, sending incorrect signals to other pain centers in the body.
If neuropathy affects sensory nerves or motor nerves, it causes tingling, pain, numbness, or weakness in the feet and hands. Patients can lose the ability to feel pain and changes in temperature. If autonomic nerves, which control body systems including the bladder and intestines, are affected it can cause changes in blood pressure and heart rate, and can cause a reduction in sweating and an increased intolerance to heat.
Medical News Today estimates that 30% of neuropathy cases are of an unknown cause, but some of the known potential causes of neuropathy include chemotherapy and HIV drugs, diabetes, B12 vitamin deficiency, toxins in insecticides and solvents, and lymphoma and multiple myeloma cancers. Chronic kidney and liver diseases, alcoholism, infections such as shingles and Lyme disease, and connective tissue diseases can also lead to neuropathy.
So far, there haven’t been any effective treatments for neuropathic pain. Some medications can alleviate certain symptoms, but are typically meant for other conditions such as depression and diabetes. But neuropathic pain usually doesn’t respond to standard pain treatments and can actually worsen over time. For some, it leads to serious disability.
Stem cell therapy has been introduced as a way to combat neuropathic pain. This regenerative therapy has been shown to use the body’s ability to repair itself naturally, in effect reducing or eliminating pain due to neuropathy. Stem cells injected into the affected areas help the body regenerate tissues, nerves, and muscle, in many cases reducing or eliminating the need for pain medication. For more information about this amazing treatment and how to combat neuropathic pain, please contact:
Wellness Institute of Illinois
741 McHenry Ave.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014