Neuropathy, troubles pertaining to nerves, is also commonly known as diabetic neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, although other people may have neuropathy symptoms of tingling and numbness of the fingers, toes or legs, inability to experience touch without pain, and possible feelings of cold, burning or pain in the fingers, hands, feet or legs. Because of the pain, there may be a reduced sense of balance and coordination. The person may also experience pain and cramping in muscles.
It has been shown that 60% of all diabetics have neuropathy. In diabetics the cause is excess sugar in the blood, whether consumption of sugars is high or there is poor blood sugar control. Contributing factors may include medications and vitamin deficiencies.
Peripheral neuropathy can have the same symptoms, yet the causes may be somewhat different from diabetic neuropathy. The leading causes of peripheral neuropathy are statin drugs (for cholesterol), some blood pressure meds as well as some antibiotics, including a leading factor of Vitamin B deficiency, specifically B-1(thiamine) and B-12 (in the form of Methylcobalamin).
Other less common causes of neuropathy may be hypothyroidism (low thyroid), infections, auto-immune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, or even some types of cancer.
Modern medicine may use opiate pain relievers (addictive and dangerous), anti-depressants, or anti-convulsion medications. These medications, while somewhat effective to alleviate symptoms of neuropathy, often don’t address the cause and may add to the toxic burden on the liver.
Natural solutions for neuropathy include examining a person’s medications, with their doctor, to look for drug causes or other more serious conditions. Most commonly, there is a vitamin deficiency and a lack of blood sugar control (diabetics).