Nerves fall into two categories; those of the Peripheral Nervous System and those of the Central Nervous System. The nerves of your brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System while all other nerves are considered Peripheral Nerves. Autonomic, motor, and sensory nerves are all peripheral nerves including those found in your arms and legs, and your face and your tongue. In a healthy environment peripheral nerves that have been damaged can regrow, central nerves cannot.
Peripheral Neuropathy, one of the most commonly occurring chronic conditions, is most often found in patients with metabolic imbalances. Aside from a metabolic imbalance like a B12 or folic acid deficiency your peripheral neuropathy may be caused by poor glucose production or processing. Peripheral Neuropathy may also be caused by your body’s inability to efficiently circulate oxygen or, your cellular health may be compromised. The simplest explanation may come from a misaligned vertebrae putting pressure on a nerve causing numbness and tingling. You must find the cause to find the cure. What is causing your neuropathy?
To find out why you are suffering with peripheral neuropathy a complete neurologic function and metabolic screening must be completed. During this evaluation Dr. Kirshner will check eye movements, strength, balance and reflexes. He will evaluate your oxygen uptake and check for metabolic imbalances. Additional blood tests may be ordered to complete your diagnostic picture. These will include tests for autoimmune conditions – conditions in your body where antibodies are produced to destroy your own body tissue including the outer layer of the peripheral nerves and the nerves themself.
To prevent further nerve degeneration, these 6 priorities must be handled in any peripheral neuropathy case:
• Sugar handling
• Food sensitivities
• Oxygen uptake