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.
Neck and Back Pain Arm pain numbness into tips of fingers neuropathy Steve Testimonial
Interviewer: Today is April 23, 2014, andwe'reArkansas Spinal Care and Neuropathy Treatment Center. Sir, what is your name? Steve: Steve Williamson. Interviewer: All right, Steve, so tell mewhat brought you here. What conditions were you suffering with before you came here toArkansas Spinal Care? Steve: I had back and neck pain and numbnessand pain going down my right arm and everything. Interviewer: How far down your right arm didit go? Steve: All the way to the tips of my fingers.
Interviewer: Was it bad? Steve: Yes, it was. Interviewer: Tell me about it. Explain howit felt and how often you dealt with it. Steve: Well, the tips of my fingers were sonumb I couldn't pick anything up or hang onto it. I'd be opping it all the time. The painin my arm, it would just be miserable, especially if I was iving or just trying to sit anelax. And all that's gone. Interviewer: Back, leg, arm, everything? Steve: Leg and arm, yeah. I camealso whereI fell on the ice and hurt my ankle pretty
bad, and it's completely well now just fromthe laser treatments. Interviewer: Yeah, that day when you camein and you said that you twisted your ankle, I said, quot;Well, we'll just do some laser treatmentson that.quot; After one or two treatments, how long did it take you before that laser helpedthat ankle? Steve: Oh, I'd say probably about four treatments. Interviewer: About four treatments. Steve: Then that's when I really noticed thepain going away. It would feel better after each treatment. It really would.
Interviewer: Like remarkably better, or justa little bit? Steve: No, remarkably. It would take a lotof the pain away. By the next day, it might be hurting again, but then after about thefourth or fifth day, the pain started easing up quite a bit. It's gone now. It's completelygone, and I feel great. Interviewer: Awesome. Thank you. I'm sureyou went to a lot of different s. Most of my patients have been around the blocka time or two with healthcare. What else have you tried to help with this, and what didthey tell you? Steve: I went to the first about it,the family . They'd done a MRI and said
that I had some kind of swellingand aroundmy spinal cord or whatever and that's what was causing my painmy arms and the numbness.They referred me to a Seracy SP, which that told me I needed to havesurgery. I didn't want surgery, and that's when I came here. Interviewer: Okay. Steve: And I'm glad I did. Interviewer: Thank you. Overall, what haveyou seen with my other patients? Because you've been here, you know how they've done. Whatwould you say about the experience here in
the and the overall results? Steve: I would say I had only heard probablya couple people say that they're not sure if it's working or not. Everybody else thatI've talked to or seen, it's just done remarkable for them. There's a few of them that I justcouldn't even believe with my own eyes, just how they comehere. And then now they'vewalked out of here and they're doing even better every day that I see them now. Interviewer: Awesome, Steve. I appreciateit. What would you say to somebody who needs this care and this program?