Peripheral neuropathy is a painful condition that affects the extremities, most commonly impacting the toes, fingers, feet and hands. It is a type of nerve pain (otherwise known as neuropathic pain) that causes damage and dysfunction to the nervous system, leading to hyper-sensitivity.
As a pastoral health services practitioner with more than thirty years of experience in the field, Dr. Dorian Quinn LAC, PScD has faith in the human body’s powerful and beautiful ability to heal. Through his pastoral health services LAc license and work with Simple Wellness Clinic, he helps patients put their bodies back in balance.
Peripheral neuropathy manifests in many different forms—Dr. Dorian Quinn has seen witnessed just about all of them in his practice. Though symptoms manifest differently from one individual to the next, the most common include numbness, loss of balance and extremely sharp or “shooting” pain.
Other common warning signs of the condition include:
- Burning sensations
- “Electric” or “burning” pain
- Slower reflexes
- Loss of muscle articulation
- Loss of feeling
The exact cause of peripheral neuropathy is still in question. Although research is still being conducted, doctors do have a general sense of what triggers it. While diabetes is known as the most common cause of neuropathy, many other causes do exist. A few of the most common include the following:
- Inflammatory infections
- Auto-immune diseases
- Abnormalities in the body’s protein
- Chronic alcoholism
- Kidney failure
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
Dr. Dorian Quinn points out that peripheral neuropathy may also occur as a side-effect to another medication. Chemotherapy drugs, HIV drugs, and statin drugs for cholesterol have all been linked as potential causes of the condition.
Searching for an Underlying Cause
Before treatment can occur, a medical professional must first conduct a thorough assessment in order to establish that the patient’s pain is indeed caused by peripheral neuropathy. Generally, the process will include searching for a history of diabetes, checking for vitamin deficiencies, and taking note of any surgery or other trauma that may be causing pain.
A full assessment will also likely include an MRI scan, blood tests, pain questionnaires, and a consideration of all previous treatments.
Once a medical professional has performed extensive testing and investigation to ensure that the patient’s pain is indeed neuropathic pain and not a pain caused by another underlying condition, it’s time to move forward with the treatment process.
As mentioned before, peripheral neuropathy is a type of nerve pain (otherwise known as neuropathic pain). Generally speaking, most traditional doctors will turn to medication known as “anti-neuropathic medications” as a go-to for all types of neuropathic pain.
The most common include anti-epileptics, antidepressants, and antiarrhythmic medications. Most medical professionals prescribe a small dose with the intention of slowly escalating the prescribed amount until a balance is reached between the pain and the treatment.
Dr. Dorian Quinn on the Drawbacks of traditional treatment and holistic alternatives
While traditional medicine may sometimes be successful in curbing painful symptoms, they do generally have their own side-effects that some patients find particularly disruptive. For that reason, many have found that non-traditional treatments and holistic alternatives like the ones offered by Dr. Dorian Quinn at Simply Wellness Clinic are especially valuable. Often, these services are used in conjunction with traditional and are not intended to replace state regulated services or services offered by any other certified professional.
As a part of Dr. Quinn’s doctrine, he believes that the human body holds amazing healing powers. In his practice, he seeks to tap into those healing powers through pastoral health services in order to reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. If you’re experiencing pain due to this condition, Simple Wellness is standing by to help you jump feet first into the healing process.