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 Americans—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 mediions—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.

What Is Vertigo Why Do We Get It

You might think vertigo is a problem thatpeople have when they're afraid of heights.or are Jimmy Stewart. Nope! Vertigo is all inyour head.specifically, your ears. Hey guys, Lissette here for Dnews. Vertigois one of the four main egories of dizziness it's a subjective experience that makesyou feel like you've lost a sense of your surroundings. But there are some very realcauses behind it some cases, vertigo can even lead to nausea, vomiting and youreyes to twitch from side to side. There are two types of vertigo: peripheralvertigo and central vertigo. Central vertigo is a neurological problem usuallythebrain stem or cerebellum which can be caused

things like multiple sclerosis, stroke, andtumors. But the most common by far, and what we'll be focusing on here, is peripheralvertigo. Because, as a 2002 studyThe British Journal of General Practice reports, at least93% of patients with vertigo, are those with peripheral vertigo.which has a lot to dowith problemsyour ears. Your ears are super important for keepingyour balance and navigating the world. They help you orient yourselfit. In your innerear, there are these tiny hairs called stereocilia, that line a pouchlike structure called thesaccule. And interspersed between these hairs, is a sticky goop called glycoprotein thatholds tiny crystalsplace. These guys are

made up of calcium carbonate, and move wheneverwe move, which causes them to bang up against the hairsour ear. When the hairs sensethe crystals moving, they send signals through nervesour ears to our brain that giveit information about our vertical and horizontal movement essentially, these crystals tellour brains where the heck we're going and help us keep our balance. On top of these nerves, crystals, and hairs,we also have fluidour ears. Like the crystals, the fluid moves when we move and that'spicked up by our hairs which send information to our brain. Our brain uses the informationcoming from both ears to figure out whether

we're stationary or moving, and how we areoriented! Vertigo occurs when somethingthis systemgoes wrong. The spinning sensation or dizziness is your brain trying to figure out what theheck is going on. It's getting cues that don't make sense. And a number of differentconditions can cause this. In the cases of vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis, partsof your ear become inflamed, usually because of a viral or bacterial infection. When oneof your two ears is inflamed particularly the ear's nerves it causes your brainto get imbalanced information so you can end up with vertigo. Meniere's disease, althoughit's not well understood, it's thought

to be caused by too much liquidyour ear,which causes the same dizzying symptoms. And researchers think migraines can cause vertigobecause they cause changesour vascular and nervous systems, which affect parts ofour ears. Finally, one of the most common causes of vertigo benign paroxysmal positionalvertigo has to do with the crystals. Sometimes these crystals fall out of place possiblydue to a head injury or because the goop that holds themplacethe inner ear becomestoo weak. When they fall off, these crystals can end upplaces where they don't belong,like the middle ear, and cause our brain to receive signals that don't make sense toit. They throw everything off!

Luckily, this one can often be fixed by simplyfollowing a set of head movements that move the crystals out of where they don't belong.Invented by John Epleythe 1980's, this noninvasive procedure can be effectivein up to 90% of these vertigo cases. Other causes of vertigo can be treated with mediion,althoughmore extreme cases surgery may be necessary. As nasty as that sounds, some people do undergothese procedures, because vertigo can be horrible. It can last anywhere from hours to monthsat a time and can be debilitating. On top of that, just moments of Vertigo can causea lot of harm. If we lose our balance and

Vertigo Treatment with Simple Exercises BPPV Ask Jo

Hey everybody it's Jo. Do you everhave that feeling that the room is spinning and you're not unk? You probably have Vertigo,but the positional vertigo which is benign. So it's really important to go to your to get it checked out if something's going on because it could be a symptom of somethingmore serious. If you've been diagnosed with BPPV, I'm gonna show you some exercises toget that a little bit better for ya. So first exercise is a BrandtDaroff exercise. Basicallyyou're gonna do this five times, two times a dayeach position there's gonna be a30 second hold between. The first movement you wanna do is go down to one side and turnyour head at a 45 degree angle so it's just

going to be going down like this, my head'sat a 45 degree angle, and I'm upholding this for 30 seconds. You might get a little dizzy,feel a little yucky, but if you hold it for the 30 seconds the dizziness will probablygo away. Then you're going to come back up into the seated position, wait 30 more seconds. Again you're probably going to be a little dizzy, that' spinning's going on, but it should go away. And then go to the other side againwith your head at a 45 degree angle holding that for 30 seconds. Now the couch that I'mon is a little bit squishy you probably want something a little bit firmer, but if youcan hold that 45 degree angle of your head while you're lying down that's fine. Thenyou're gonna come back up for that final 30 second

hold. Doing that five times, two times a day.The next thing I wanna show you is some gaze stabilization exercises. And this just retrainsyour brain to not have that dizziness when you move your head quickly. So there's somepretty simple exercises, the first one is actually just moving your eyes back and forth.So your just gonna look side to side, a nice smooth motion, ten times back and forth. Afteryou've gone back and forth, you're gonna look up and down still trying to keep your headin one spot. Now remember this might make you a little dizzy and if it does that's okayit's reproducing those symptoms, but the more you do the less it'll be. Then looking atone corner and back down to the other corner,

going up and down, and then the opposite cornerup and down. After you done the moving the eyes, now you're going to actually move yourhead. Take a spot that you can focus on you can use your finger you can put somethingon the wall like an quot;Xquot; or an quot;Aquot; or any letter of the alphabet that you want, but now you'reactually moving your head so you're focus on one spot. Keep your eyes on that one spotmoving your head side to side, then moving it up and down, trying to keep your eyes onthat spot the whole time it's gonna wanna move, but really try to focus on that spot,then going at an angle, one way and going at an angle the other way. Trying to keepyour eyes focus on that one spot the whole

time. If you have any questions leave themin the comment section. And if you'd like to check out my other tutorials go to AskJo Don't forget to follow me on Facebook and remember, Be safe. Have fun. And I hope youfeel better soon.