Neuropathy is the general name for a variety of degenerative changes in peripheral nerves. It applies to neurological diseases. Causes of degenerative changes of the nerves (neuropathy) can be different – compression, inflammation, intoxication, circulatory and nutrition disorders of the nerve tissues (ischemia).
Manifestations of neuropathy can be very diverse depending on the localization process (neuropathy of the facial nerve, neuropathy of the ulnar nerve, neuropathy of the trigeminal nerve, neuropathy of the radial nerve, neuropathy of the sciatic nerve, etc.) and functions of nerve – motor, sensory or autonomic.
Treatment Of Neuropathy
Because the causes which give rise to neuropathy of any nerve can be different, it determines the individual approach of integrated medicine to the treatment of this disease. When the diagnosis of neuropathy the treatment in integrated medicine is aimed at restoring the functions of the peripheral nerves and eliminating the causes of their degenerative changes, based on the specific case.
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- elimination of clamping, compression, and inflammation of nerves;
- elimination of pain caused by compression and inflammation of a nerve;
- restoration of function of the affected nerve (motor, sensory, autonomic);
- restoration of normal blood flow and nerve nutrition;
- stimulation of regeneration of nervous tissue;
- improving the transmission of nerve impulses;
- elimination of the root causes of nerve injury and the prevention of relapses.
Treatment of neuropathy in integral medicine is based on the application of methods of reflex therapy and physiotherapy, including acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, laser therapy, electro-acupuncture, electro massage, electrophoresis, mud applications and a number of others that are assigned individually.
These methods of treatment of neuropathy are safe for the body, do not cause any side effects, have virtually no contraindications and in most cases let achieve a significant therapeutic effect and persistent improvement.
Symptoms of Neuropathy
When the diagnosis of neuropathy the symptoms depend on the peripheral nerves which are affected. The most characteristic motor symptoms of neuropathy are muscle weakness of hands and feet, difficulty in flexion and extension of joints, gait disorders (neuropathy of the sciatic nerve), involuntary contractions (twitching) of muscles.
The symptoms of neuropathy associated with damage to sensitive nerves have the character of pain (neuralgia) in the affected area and along the nerve, numbness, dry skin or hyperhidrosis, hypersensitivity to external irritants (hyperesthesia), sense of tingling, poor coordination of movements.
Autonomic symptoms of neuropathy may include a violation of sweating, blanching, redness or blueness of the skin and several other characteristics. There are specific symptoms of different types of neuropathy.
So, neuropathy of the facial nerve is manifested by the immobility of the face (usually on one side), skew (asymmetry) of the face, inability to close one eye.
Neuropathy of the radial nerve is usually accompanied by an inability to squeeze the hand into a fist (“claw”), difficulty of flexion of the forearm and wrist, overhang of the hand (“hanging” hand) and neuropathy of the ulnar nerve is accompanied by weakness of fingers, pain and increased sensitivity of the forearm and outer side of the arm, and fourth and fifth fingers.
Neuropathy of the sciatic nerve is manifested by such symptoms as numbness on the outside of the leg, pain in the thighs and calves, sagging of the foot during walking, inability to step on your toes and heels normally.
Causes of nerves damage
The root cause of degenerative changes in the nervous tissues and the diagnosis of neuropathy may be a pinched nerve (by muscles, ligaments, and bone tissues), tumor, trauma, metabolic disorders (including vitamin deficiency), cardiovascular and other diseases. In particular, polyneuropathy in some cases occurs as a complication of diabetes.
Other diseases, in the background of which neuropathy occurs, are hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, polyarthritis, atherosclerosis.
The factors contributing to neuropathy are chronic alcoholism, kidney disease, malnutrition (deficiency of vitamins and minerals), nature of professional activities, taking of certain medication.
Violation of innervation of the muscles entails their gradual atrophy and violation of innervation of the internal organs entails the dysfunction of these organs.
Violation of the nerves which are engaged in the innervation of the internal organs (autonomic neuropathy) leads to tachycardia, diarrhea, impaired urination, constipation, biliary dyskinesia, and other violations.
Depending on how many nerves are affected, neuropathy is divided into monopatia (neuropathy of a single nerve), polyneuropathy (simultaneous failure of several nerves). In general, there is nothing good about this disease. But don’t despair. I am sure that neuropathy will be defeated!