Small Fiber Neuropathy Symptoms Diagnosis and Treatment
Small fiber neuropathy is really an interestingcondition because it consists typically of just burning, numbness, pain of the feet,sometimes the hands later on without necessarily having any abnormalities on your EMG or nerveconduction study. So what I tell patients and actually residents or students who trainunder us is that a normal nerve conduction study does not exclude a neuropathy. And wewill confirm this by doing additional testing, specifically the nervous the the examinationat the bedside asking patients about their symptoms, for example, loss of sensation tocool or or hot temperatures, loss of pain sensation and also doing skin biopsies wherewe look at nerve densities in the skin both
from the calf and the thigh as well as doinga special test that looks at sweat function both in your foot in in the legs as well asthe feet to gauge the level of small fiber nerve damage. Small fiber neuropathy typicallywill progress unless the underlying cause is identified and reversed. Diabetes of coursebeing the most common cause is always screened for. But once the more common causes are excludedand the focus becomes on excluding any underlying secondary disease process but also controllingpain because if patients' symptoms of pain are generally controlled they tend to do prettywell and really have no other major functional deficits. I've really become interested overthe years is how interconnected neurology
and rheumatology are and one thing I oftendo on patients who have unexplained small fiber even autonomic neuropathy is have themsee rheumatology or get evaluated for connective tissue disorders like lupus or Sjogren's orsarcoid and sometimes even if we are not directly involved in treating the patients, this canbe the first sign of an underlying connective tissue disorder that can then be brought tothe attention of rheumatology and addressed from their standpoint.
Acupressure Therapy Acupressure for Diabetes
So you have been diagnosed with diabetes.Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, depending, you can get a lot of help with things like acupressure.Hi my name is Mark Brinson, I'm a of oriental medicine and an international speaker.When someone is diagnosed with diabetes you have to separate between Type 1 and Type 2.Type 1 diabetes usually happens in youth and the pancreas completely shuts down in someproduction. It is a little more difficult to deal with. It definitely needs insulinandor medication. Type 2 diabetes is what most people experience that needs a littlebit of self help. Type 2 is diabetes insipidus and it usually starts around the age of 30and it has to do with diet, weight, and exercise
and it is characterized by weight gain orblood sugar problems. Some of the best things that you can do in addition to the acupressurethat I am going to give you is make sure that you are following a good eating schedule,about every three hours, that you are also getting in adequate portions of proteins,carbohydrates, and simple sugars that's with limiting the simple sugars. Now the as faras acupressure goes a few of the points that are great for that. One is located just onethumb width under the umbilicus or under the belly button and it is a small point calledchihi that is good for overall energy in the body but also can stimulate digestive functionas well and help you to process your food
a little bit better so overall energy andhelp you process food. Another one is a point that is just below the knee, there is a littleprominence there and just lateral or to the outside of the leg in the belly of the musclethere is a point called stomach 36 that is good for digestive function of all types.The one last point that you may want to use is on the inside of the leg about one handwidth above the prominence of the ankle. This is spleen 6, it is the meeting point of allthe yin channels and you'll find that there is a nice little hollow that your thumb cansink into at that point and it can stimulate overall digestive function as well. I woulduse these in combination. They can help to
increase your metabolism and make our insulinproduction go a lot more smoothly and always remember this is specifically tied to yourdiet and your exercise program as well. My name is Mark Brinson wishing you healthand happiness in your life.
About Diabetes Nutrition Amputation Diabetes
Well diabetes has a significant negative effecton circulation. It reduces blood flow. It reduces the ability of the body to get nutrientsto the cells and if the cells are starving for nutrients, then they're going to die.It significantly impairs thinking and cognition because it affects circulation to the brain.The other way it affects circulation, is that it dramatically increases the risk for formationof plaque within the arteries; the arteries that feed the brain as well as the arteriesthat feed the heart. So, the chances that one might develop a coronary artery diseaseor heart attack are five times greater than someone who does not have diabetes. The chanceof losing a limb are very, very high when
one has diabetes because it impairs circulationwhich means it is impairing the ability of the body to repair any kind of damage andalso to reduce or kill any sort of organism that has invaded the foot or the hand or anotherlimb.