Common Symptoms of Neuropathy in
Arms, Hands, Legs, or Feet
Numbness and Tingling
Sharp, Electric Pain
Sensitivity to Temperature
Sensitivity to Touch
DR. WINCHELL EXPLAINS NEUROPATHY CAUSES
Neuropathy is a Serious Condition
Peripheral Neuropathy is a painful condition caused by damage to the nerves that radiate out of your spine to your arms and legs. This potentially disabling condition interferes with your body’s ability to deliver messages between your brain, muscles, joints, skin, or other organs. When the brain and nerves are not communicating properly, you may feel unusual and often painful sensations. If ignored or not treated correctly, neuropathy can lead to irreversible damage and health conditions, including amputation in the most severe cases. Fortunately, with early detection and proper treatment, most cases of peripheral neuropathy progression may be stopped, or reversed and healed.
How Do I Know if My Symptoms Are Caused by Neuropathy?
It is difficult to know if your symptoms are due to nerve damage unless you have a neuropathy evaluation by a qualified doctor. Symptoms can be very different from one person to the next. Due to the danger of leaving neuropathy untreated, we highly encourage you to not self-diagnose or self-medicate with over-the-counter pain relievers.
The following explanation of symptoms can help you determine if you are in need of a neuropathy evaluation and seek care that targets the cause of your condition.
There are three categories of nerve damage caused by neuropathy -- motor, sensory and autonomic. Severity of nerve damage will determine the severity and number of symptoms you experience.
>Motor Nerve Damage
Motor nerves control voluntary movement -- movement you control by telling them what to do. Such as grabbing a pencil, talking, and walking.
Common symptoms of motor nerve damage include:
- muscle weakness
- muscle atrophy (significant shrinking of muscle size)
- decreased reflexes
>Sensory Nerve Damage
Sensory nerves communicate information of feelings, like pain of a cut or heat from the sun.
Common symptoms of sensory nerve damage include:
- loss of feeling on the skin, such as touch or heat
- feeling of wearing gloves or socks, even when not
- loss of coordination, making it difficult to tie shoes or button a shirt
- loss of balance, making walking more difficult
- oversensitivity to pain
- oversensitivity to touch, causing people to lightly drape sheets over when sleeping
- loss of pain sensation, the most dangerous symptoms of them all and the leading cause of diabetic neuropathy patient amputation after not getting treatment because they could not feel their nerve damage so did not get treatment
- skin, hair, joints and bone may also be damaged over years of sensory nerve damage
>Autonomic Nerve Damage
Autonomic nerves control your automatic body functions, like breathing and digesting food.
Common symptoms of autonomic nerve damage include:
- inability to control blood pressure
- loss of bladder control
- inability to sweat, which affects tolerance for heat
Common Causes of Neuropathy
Nerves that are pinched, crushed, or cut from trauma such as in sports injuries, auto accidents and falls can become damaged and develop neuropathy. Broken bones and dislocated bones can put pressure on and damage surrounding nerves.
Repetitive motion, especially experienced in sports, typing, and some jobs, over a long period of time causes ligaments, tendons and muscles to become inflamed and swollen. This then narrows the small tunnels where nerves pass, causing the nerves to be pinched and damaged. Ulnar neuropathy is an example of nerve damage trapped in the elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of nerves trapped or compressed in the wrist.
DISEASES AND DISORDERS
Diabetes is the leading cause of peripheral neuropathy in the United States, with 60 to 70% of patients with diabetes having mild to severe neuropathy.
Cancer can creep into nerves, causing damage. Surrounding cancerous tissue can grow and pinch compress nerves, causing damage. Toxicity of chemotherapy can cause neuropathy. As many as 30 to 40% of of people with cancer develop neuropathy symptoms and pain, and it is the main reason people electively stop chemotherapy.
Autoimmune diseases, where the body attacks itself, can lead to nerve damage. When tissues damaged by autoimmune diseases, such as joints, organs and connective tissues, become inflamed, the nerves around these areas may become compressed or pinched.
Kidney disease causes an excess of toxic substances in the blood that damages nerves.
Infections of virus and bacteria that can attack nerve tissue includes shingles, Epstein-Bar, West Nile (spread by mosquitoes), herpes, and cytomegalovirus. These can severally damage sensory nerves, causing sharp, electric pain. Lyme disease, the tick-born infection, causes extensive nerve peripheral nerve damage.
Medications for heart and blood pressure can commonly cause neuropathy, as well as medications for cancer and to fight infections.
Environmental toxins, such as mercury, lead, and arsenic can cause neuropathy. Insecticides and solvents are also know to cause nerve damage.
Alcohol consumed in heavy amounts is a common cause of neuropathy. Nutritional deficiencies that develop as a result of alcohol consumption also further contributes to neuropathy.
Why Choose The Winchell Neuropathy Program?
Are you one of the many neuropathy sufferers who have tried drugs, injections, and what feels like everything, but have had no long-term solution and still experience pain and discomfort? You are not alone. Over 20 million Americans are suffering from neuropathy too, and have not found relief. With a 95% patient satisfaction rate, Dr. Winchell has been successfully treating neuropathy patients with a treatment protocol that targets the source of your neuropathy, and includes clinically-proven laser to accelerate your body's healing process. Most of our patients report feeling improvement with the first treatment.
Your Neuropathy Treatment Options in Orange County
Conventional treatment for neuropathy has left 20 million Americans suffering from nerve damage. Treatment should include addressing the key causes of patients' neuropathy symptoms, not just treat the symptoms with medications that hide the symptoms and allows the nerves to continue to degenerate.
If you are experiencing nerve damage, be sure to seek medical help that targets the cause of your neuropathy, like we do at Winchell Chiropractic & Wellness Center. For more mild to moderate cases, if the cause is eliminated, the neuropathy will typically reverse. If progression is allowed to become severe, the right treatment may at least stop further progression to even more serious, and even disabling, conditions.
What Can I Expect During Neuropathy Treatment?
You will find your neuropathy treatment at our Orange County center to be comfortable and relaxing. Our patients enjoy their time in our office with our friendly staff and passionate doctor who is committed to relieving you of your discomfort. Dr. Winchell uses the most researched methods of relieving neuropathy symptoms and promoting healing of your nerve damage with a non-drug, non-injection, non-surgical approach that is highly effective.
Is the Winchell Neuropathy Program Right for Me?
For a limited time, we are offering a free nerve damage screening, exam & consultation with Dr. Winchell to find out if you are a good candidate for his neuropathy treatment protocol. There is no obligation and no pressure for further visits. He will run diagnostic tests to help determine the severity of your nerve damage, and determine if your nerves respond to his advanced treatment.
What Patients Are Saying
About the Winchell Neuropathy Program
Rita M., Mission Viejo
"My feet were burning at night and I had to stick the out from under the blanket. It was hard to stand in one place or wal. I was amazed after 30 days of treatment how much improvement I had. I would recommend to anyone that has foot problems to make an appointment0 they can do wonders for your feet."
Junis K., Irvine
"Prior to treatment when I would sit down my legs would start to tingle and go to sleep. This treatment has stopped the burning in my feet. It has been a miracle. It's wonderful to sit down in the evening to read and not have my feet burning. The treatment is so gentle and easy to go."
Glen J., Huntington Beach
"What really got my attention was when my hands got so bad that I couldn't hold onto a golf club anymore. Then I tripped and fell injuring my neck because my balance was so bad. I went to several neurologists, hospitals, and my family doctor, and none of the helped me. I had bad feet, bad hands, bad walking, and pain all the time. I saw an advertisement for Winchell Chiropractic & Wellness that got my attention. I was really feeling discouraged about my condition, so I scheduled a consultation with him. I have been having the treatments at the office and I'm walking much better and the pain in my hands and feet has improved completely."
Ronald S., San Clemente
"Before coming to your office I had pain in my left leg and both feet that was so bad I couldn't walk for extended periods of time. I saw other doctors without any relief. After starting treatment my pain is 80% improved and I can walk longer. Go see Dr. Winchell. He has an excellent staff and they are very pleasant and helpful."
Satoko M., Irvine
"I used to have pain in my left leg and foot, and couldn't stand without holding on to something. After getting the treatments I now can walk without holding on to anything! Dr. Winchell is very professional and friendly and the staff is really nice too. Go for the treatment!"
Terry W., Santa Ana
"For 20-25 years I've had problems with my feet. They would become very numb, and I would get sharp pain. I ended up taking medications which did not cure me. With this treatment with Dr. Winchell the changes for me have been dramatic. The therapy has reduced the tingling, there is almost none left, and the pain is gone. I no longer take medication for my neuropathy--there's no need for it!"
Neuropathy Treatment With No-Drugs & No-Surgery
Common medical treatment for neuropathy involves pain pills, anti-seizure medication, and anti-depressants – all of which have serious side effects and don’t address the cause of your nerve damage, so they fail to give you a lasting solution.
Dr. Winchell’s safe, natural, peripheral neuropathy treatment program increases blood flow to the damaged nerves and activates cellular healing. Rather than an attempt to just hide your symptoms with medication and let your nerves continue to degenerate, Dr. Winchell’s approach targets healing your nerves for a lasting solution that not only stops the discomfort, but stops and reverses the condition all together.
After a thorough exam at our Orange County neuropathy and pain center, Dr. Winchell will develop a personalized plan for your recovery so you can finally be free from annoying and often agonizing symptoms, as well as prevent even more serious, and potentially irreversible damage.