Treating Neuropathy and Nerve Pain in the Feet
Let me start with I'm a diabetic. I developedneuropathy, which basically you lose all sensation in the feet, but it's over a period of time.It was very painful. I would have sensations in my feet like I was standing on fire, walkingon glass. Last October it got so bad that I couldn't sleep at night. Then I met Bullard, because he's just a great physician. I wouldn't think twice, I'd recommendhim to anybody. Very compassionate, very thorough, I can't say enough about Bullard. He'sjust a great physician and I don't know if there's anything he couldn't do hecould probably move mountains if he wanted to!Glen, probably one of the biggest questions
people are asking you is what'd we do, what'shappened. Of course, you had a tremendous improvement in your pain and the tinglingand the numbness. Easiest explanation is, to tell everybody, that this big nerve here,which is on the inside part of your left foot, was getting strangled. There was a noose aroundit. What we did is we went in and loosened the noose, and that allows that nerve to beginto function and work like it's supposed to.Now, the sensation is coming back, it's something that's going to take time butI can feel more. My quality of life has greatly improved since I had the procedure done by Bullard. There's no other physician
that I would recommend.Glen, in the next couple weeks, what we're going to do is make sure that the swellingis improving, hopefully begin to transition you out of your compression socks, becauseI know it's kind of hot right now, and then look at making sure that your shoe gear andthings like that are where they're supposed to be, fitting you well, protecting your feetand stuff. Ok? Very good. Thank you, I appreciate it, havea good weekend! You do the same. Alright, see ya.
Eva Feldman MD Tutorial Profile
gt;gt; Eva Feldman: So when I completedcollege I had the dilemma whether I wanted to go straight into medical school or whetherI also wanted to do research because when I was in college, I got very excited about thebrain and had, again a professor who told me that he felt that in the next centuryall the major advances in medicine and in research we're going to be in thenervous system particularly in the brain. So when I finished college, I decidedoh maybe I'll get a PhD and a M.D. And so I started my graduatestudies first and I began in a neuroscience program atthe University of Michigan.
Fell in love with the brain completely and whenI started medical school there was no doubt from the very first day inmedical school, I said I was going to be a neurologist and I loved every day of it. One of my passions as a neurologistis also to be a neuroscientist. So I'm very privileged to have a fairlylarge laboratory that I work in with about 30 young people who do research with me. And we've become very interested overthe last 5 years in using stem cells in regenerative medicine particularly inneurodegenerative diseases in neurology.
Lou Gehrig's disease is onepassion that we have. We're also interested in Alzheimer's disease,Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease. So from our basic findings in the laboratory ofhow stem cells can promote nerve regeneration and protect nerve cells from dying, we'veactually begun a al trial using stem cells in patients with Lou Gehrig's disease. So it's very exciting because what I do in mybasic science laboratory I can then transition over to my al practice and ALS or LouGehrig's disease is one of the disorders that I am familiar with and I take care ofhundreds of patients with that disorder.
And so I'm able to serve as a bridgefrom the basic science to the . I can go to the and tell my patients whatI've learned in my basic science laboratory. I can go back and tell my basicscientists what my patients have taught us and they teach us so much. And so stem cells is one of the majoravenues I see translating in the near future from my laboratory to a realal and therapeutic, I hope, option for patients with Lou Gehrig's disease.