Peripheral Neuropathy Patient Reviews Bellevue Chiropractor
Hello I am Dwight Altenburg I'm a 62 yearold male and I had a background of pain symptomsmy feet for the last 10 years. I didn'trealize that the pains would be so long going and sustaining so I dismissed them and blamingthings such as the wearing heavy boots shoes that I wore through my occupation of workingfor the fire department for the last 40 years. The pain was worsethe evenings, it washot, very tingling, but I used to try to dismiss it. My wife would say to put ice packs onmy feet. And I said that I tried that but I doesn't help. So I started reading aboutsome of the foot symptoms and the sort of pain that was causedthe feet and I hadno idea that it was Peripheral Neuropathy.
I read that Peripheral Neuropathy can be relatedto diabetes. I was diagnosed with diabetes 7 years ago. I went to the medical sand was put on mediions for 6 months andthat time I opped at least 57 lbs. Istarted to exercise and it all seemed to help a little. I would play with my nutrition anddiet trying different things. I tried low carbohyates, I went and got eduionalclasses from Evergreen , I really became serious about wanting to improve myhealth so that I would be around for my grandchilen. I had gotten really scared about some of thesymptoms that diabetes can cause and I didn't want to have that so I decided to give mybest go. The painmy feet seemed to improve
after losing the weight, for at least a coupleof years, but I started to notice it more again as I started to exercise. It seemedthat the exercises I was doing, walking or riding a bicycle might play into it but whenI was away from those exercises for a week or so it didn't seem to go away any more.I received an adsthe Newspaper about neuropathy and how the Bellevue Pain could alleviatethe symptoms. I identified with those symptoms that were occurring to me and wanted to tryand stop this and nip thisthe butt like I did with my diabetes. So
I went through this pain program of Polzin's. I went through 10 weeks and I would say that my feet have returned toat least 90% normal feeling. I can feel my foot on the gas al again. I can feel hotand cold differences more so than other parts of my body. The prickling and so forth hasgone away. At night I used to have to sleep with the covers and blankets pulled up offmy feet so they wouldn't affect them. It was just so annoying that it would take meso much longer to fall asleep. Now I'm finding that it doesn't bother me when the sheetsare touching my feet and I do not have to put my feet outside of the covers. I'm feelingmuch more of an improvementall those areas.
I'm feeling very happy for it and I'mvery happy that I came to the Bellevue Pain Institute. I look forward to the home upkeep.I hope that others will be able to do this and be successful at it as well.
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.