Fluoroquinolones and Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy, this is an often devastatingconditionwhich people develop pain and numbnesstheir hands and feet. Basicallythey're told on the evening news that they should be taking this or that mediion sothat they can get through life. That's treating the smoke and ignoring thefire. Those medicines that you're seeing advertised don't treat the neuropathy, they only treatthe symptoms. But what's causing peripheral neuropathy? Well we know thatAmerica,one of the biggest causes of peripheral neuropathy is being diabetic, which is clearly relatedto the foods that you eat by and large. Becoming a type 2 diabetic amatically increases yourrisk for having peripheral neuropathy and
fact being devastated by it. This is adisease that effects 115 Americans. Let's take a look. So again this is 115 Americansâ€”thisis 20 million Americans afflicted by this disease, that aside from diabetes, we're toldthe cause is unknown. Well maybe that's not exactly true. Last month,the journal Neurology,an incredible study was published describing a relationship between what are called fluoroquinolones,and the risk of developing a peripheral neuropathy. You may not know what fluoroquinolones are,but chances are you may have actually been exposed to fluoroquinolone. These are antibioticsused for treating things like upper respiratory
infections and even urinary tract infections.Things like Levaquin and Cipro are commonly usedwalks. If you have a urinarytract infection, you may have received these mediations. Well, here's what the study showedus: So this is a study publishedSeptember2014 that looked at men between age 45 to 80 years of age followed for a 10 year periodandthis group there were over 6,000 cases of peripheral neuropathy. And they comparedthese individuals to about 25,000 aged match controls, and what they found was that riskfor developing this devastating condition called peripheral neuropathy was doubled inthose individuals exposed to this class of
antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. And whatthe researchers also told us is that, and I quote, quot;Fluoroquinolones have been shownto neurotoxic. Oral fluoroquinolones have also been associated with reported cases ofpsychosis and seizures, which similar to peripheral neuropathy have been shown to be acute eventsoccurring within days of fluoroquinolone use. In light of strong evidence of unnecessaryprescribing of oral fluoroquinolonesthe United States, ians must weigh the riskof PN against the benefits of prescribing FQ when prescribing these ugs to their patients.quot; We've got to practice medicine under the dictumof quot;above all do no harm.quot; One of our most
well respected peer journals is nowtelling us that the use of these mediionsâ€”these fluoroquinolone antibiotics is associatedwith doubling of the risk of peripheral neuropathy. A disease which often is not treatable. Sokeep thatmind the next time you think you need an antibiotic for this or that problem,discuss this study with your treating physician. I'm David Perlmutter.
Neuropathy Numb Feet Poor Balance TheVillagesNeuropathy
When you originally presented to the officeyou presented with numbness, tingling, loss of sensation, and poor balancethe lowerextremities and feet due to peripheral neuropathy. We treated you here the Davis neuropathy program,how did you respond to the treatment, and what's been your experience here at Davis? I've been very well satisfied and I've had much improvement. At 91 years oldit's kind of hard to fix an old body, but I feel like it's been fixed to a certain extent.I have to take into consideration how my body is aging. And how do you feel as far as yoursleeping and balance? I'm sleeping much better now than I was and I'm feeling much better.I take the vitamin supplies and the exercises,
home exercises helped a lot which I hope tocontinue to do. Well congratulations on your results and we're very very proud to haveyou here as a patient. Thank you very much.
Neuropathy Weaknesslegs Back Pain Relief Balance Restoration Jim Testimonial
Currie: This is Jim Miller. He's a patienthere at Arkansas Spinal Care Neuropathy Treatment Center. And he's doing really well,as you can see. Jim, before you came here, how many years had it been since you couldn'twalk without your walker? Jim: About three years. Currie: About three years. Okay, and nowyou're starting to walk without that walker. Jim: Yeah. Currie: And do me another favor. Turnyour head for me. How far could you turn your head when you first camehere?
Jim: Not none this way. And after one treatmentI could turn my head that way, so I'm thankful for that. Currie: Awesome. What have you been doingat home? Jim: Playing with my tractor. I've been ivinga tractor. I couldn't even get on it when I started. Currie: Thank you, Jim.