Neuropathy is any strange or unwarranted sensation in the extremities. It is most often described as a burning, numbness or tingling in your feet or hands. Many patients also say it feels like you are wearing socks even though you are barefoot, or it’s like you’re walking on cardboard. It can be at specific times, like when your laying down to go to sleep for the night, or all the time or even associated with certain activities, like standing or sitting for long period.
Neuropathy is frequently associated with diabetics, in fact 54 percent of our neuropathy patients are diabetic. Therefore 46 percent of our neuropathy patients are not diagnosed diabetics. However, we have also found patients with neuropathy from chemo and radiation therapy, chemical poisoning, back and spine problems, peripheral vascular disease, arthritis and even with no other problems.
I have found that each patient’s neuropathy is unique. Each person is so different and has symptoms at different times and has tried different treatments with different levels of effectiveness. So, to help, I have personally developed a 14 Step Neuropathy Protocol (as of this writing) which reviews your neuropathy to make sure no treatment option is overlooked.
The 14 Step Neuropathy Protocol is specific and scientific which cuts through all the noise and clutter surrounding neuropathy. This protocol includes many therapies including physical, electo-stimulation, Far-infrared, Laser Light waves, magnetics, temperature gradient, plus diet and supplement management, acupuncture, ceramic impregnated materials, topical medications and as a last resort oral medications.
Finding the right one or combination of two or three therapies and treatments is the only effective way to deal with neuropathy. Not everyone has to undergo each therapy or treatment. The Basic Neuropathy questionnaire used along with medical history and the physical exam determines the next logical step as outlined in the 14 Step Neuropathy Protocol.
Your next step is to see a doctor who understands the particulars of your neuropathy. Find a doctor prepared to review different treatment option available and to work with you as your treatment progresses and your response to the different therapies and treatments changes.
Dr. Bonnie Sanchez is a board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine. She is dedicated to exploring all alternatives before recommending surgery or prescribing medication as a last resort. She has been in private practice since 1990 and has offices in both Hillsborough (813) 645-1993 and Pinellas (727) 824-5100 Counties.
By Dr. Bonnie Sanchez