FDA Approved Cutting Edge Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy
For Me, the Damage Can Be Treated - my 2nd PN Lens
If you also suffer the disabling torment of Peripheral Neuropathy, like I do, you may also be surprised to learn that there is a possibility of healing. (2012)
Effective treatment for my pain utilized an electrical device, chiropractic, and nutritional supplements. The device is known for helping damaged nerves in the hands and feet mend and re-grow, in some cases, like it did for me.
In healthy bodies hand and foot nerves signal the brain that the right index finger has a sliver at the inside of the first knuckle, for instance. The same nerves alert toddlers when fireplaces are hot by sending nerve impulses from the extremities along circuits all the way up to the brain.
I had Peripheral Neuropathy for more than a decade, having had the toxic chemo drug Taxol over a decade ago. None of my cancer treatment team, nor primary care providers, nor my neurologists, had given me any hope of treatment or recovery. I have embarked upon a course of treatment, with the intention of healing those damaged nerves.
Meet the Chiropractor who effectively treats me. Dr. Joy Aardappel 10/24/12
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image credit: my photograph.
Here's the Device for Home Use
The ReBuilder is no longer sold on Amazon, but it can be purchased right from the company at ReBuilder.com. It works for me on Peripheral Neuropathy. It is FDA Approved. It is similar to the TENS unit that is commonly prescribed for back pain, but the TENS blocks pain signals, and the latter implement opens up nerve circuits for nerve healing, according to the manufacturer and .
This unit is about the size of a box of baking soda. It sits on the table or next to me on the sofa, and fits in a purse, large pocket, or backpack. A set of specially designed "booties" connect to the unit, and provide the electrical stimulation. Hand "mittens" are for PN in the hands and they connect via cables to the base unit.
Original Medicare may pay its standard 80%. after using it for the required 30-60 day trial period. Then the patient revisits their prescribing physician, to evaluate the success of the device, and if receiving benefit, the plan may cover part of the cost.
Insurance companies and the patients may save over the course of time, in the reduction of prescription medication costs. Many plans require no rental period, but purchase the ReBuilder outright, like I did.
Like the Device I Used for Nerve Healing
When treating my severe Peripheral Neuropathy, this device was unavailable, but if I were buying a unit today I would save money without compromising effectiveness by choosing the Ultima Neuro. The new Ultima Neuro Neuropathy Treatment System has all the bells and whistles of the device I used and at a fraction of the cost. It contains conductive socks, wrist cuffs (I used gloves) and also has knee sleeves so you can treat not only hands and feet (as I did), but also troublesome knees.
I am a patient who used the ReBuilder and I base all my conclusions on that treatment and my research into the Ultima Neuro. I am not qualified to advise you on your medical treatments. I state my opinions only for the purpose of providing information on my personal experience. This is not meant to substitute for the advice of a medical doctor. I recommend that you consult with a qualified medical doctor, an allopathic neurologist, or a chiropractic neurologist and base your device selection on their advice.
Pain is not visibile; it makes no sound; it leaves no traces,
but in the lines of our faces. ©2011LeslieSinclair
Fierce Pain Like no Other
surprisingly different experiences
Most of us know what pain is, so when we think about it, we may remember a headache, cut, toothache. These are, for the most part, signals from a healthy nervous system. But, most of us do not know what it feels like to experience the specific type of discomfort stemming from a damaged nervous system.
I stuck my hand through the broken panel of a french door, as it was slammed shut on me by an angry sibling, when I was a teen, permanently injuring the nerve in my little finger. No big deal - right? Wrong! Every little poke or pinch of that finger results in screaming-through-the-roof-type sensations.
That stabbing burn, contrasted with what I now suffer from Peripheral Neuropathy (PN), definitely ranked low on the scale of intolerable pain. Full blown PN jabs are off the scale! Let's rank the lower level, called paresthesia, at an arbitrary #1, for purposes of comparison, with a bruise at #2, a muscle cramp #6, and a toothache #9.
Let's accept that each number increases the amount of pain tenfold. Paresthesia is defined as similar to the sensations of waking from having slept on your arm until, we say, it's asleep. Mild PN may feel like multiple firings of all the involved nerves at the same time, as if there are sparklers going off deep inside your peripheral pores, at the same time as they also fire on the skin's surface.
At the extreme end of the scale are a bizarre assortment of sensations that beg definition. Many other people must do as I have done - their best to discount the initial feelings, since they have always been so healthy. But it's persistent and stealthy, and it takes a toll on any person.
This stinging interferes with sleep. Sleep used to be one of my great pleasures, after an active day. I was accustomed to spending most of the day on my feet, since I'm a visual artist who prefers standing to work. In spite of time spent standing and walking, I was spared foot pain.
It was particularly perplexing to suffer the first foot jabs. it burned like as if my feet had walked through fire, and the burning went on and on. Sleep became an element of dread.
Not one to take aspirin or acetaminophen, I asked my doctor what to do. The neurologists I subsequently visited only prescribed Neurontin to mask the pain, telling me that the nerve damage from chemo was permanent - no way to treat PN.
So I suffered from both the pain and the side effects of drowsiness and slowed thinking, and from actual tiredness from actual loss of sleep - from taking the drug prescribed to mask the hurt.
It wasn't long before I could no longer tuck my covers into my bed because I had to have the freedom to stick my hands and feet out into the air-conditioner cooled air - both winter and summer - periodically during the nights. By then I experienced dysesthesis, the full blown state of PN pain with all its bizarre elements:
1. alteration of a sense, most often - touch.
2. a disagreeable atypical sensation brought on by what would be unremarkably ordinary stimuli.
A particularly troubling phenomenon of these episodes, that can't be masked by a nerve pain Rx or anything else short of a narcotic painkiller, is their spontaneity. No specific causes can be identified for most of the unbearable breakthrough episodes.
This intense pain always lies beneath the surface, when I finally fall asleep. The only trigger I can identify for breakthrough hand pain is that keyboarding ups the ante.
image credit: This lovely drawing was done in 1952 by Santiago Ramon y Cajal and is in the public domain.
Weekly updates on my progress using the ReBuilder!
I Bought The Device - 1st Week Using It
It is really three devices in one. The main setting is for the nerve impulse treatment for peripheral neuropathy.
The second mode is for muscle stimulation. The third mode is the same as a TENS unit. So, even when the pain subsides and it's not necessary to use the device daily, it can still be used for additional types of treatments.
Top shows the socks, while the gloves are at the bottom.
Day 1: the device arrived in the morning. I turned it up until I felt strong pulses in my hands, then turned it down so I didn't feel them. After 30 minutes hands were tingling, but feet felt nothing. PM: 30 minutes, still felt nothing in feet. Hands burned more during the evening.
Day 2: 30m AM; still no pulses in feet, but hands felt electrical impulses at level 1.5, so turned to level 1. 30m PM: hands feel flared up, but nothing in feet.
Day 3: 30m AM; nothing in feet, but hands feel inflamed, at level 1.5. PM same as yesterday.
Day 4: 30m AM; hands feel no pain, set dial at level 2; PM realized that the left dial (set at level 2) is for hands, and that is the reason I feel the charges in my hands. But I have neglected to notice the right dial, which is connected to the electrodes connected to the socks, so no impulses had been going to my feet! I set the right dial to level 2 for 30m.
Day 5: 0m AM; hands feel so good (lack of burning or tingling) that I didn't connect the hand electrodes, but set feet dial to level 2.5. No hand or foot pain all night. I cut Gabapentin dose down to 3-400mg tablets/dy (down from 4-800mg tablets/dy earlier this year).
Day 6: 0m AM; hands and feet feel so good in the morning that I dispensed with AM treatment. PM 30 m at level 3.5 for both hands and feet.
Day 7: 0m AM; hands and feet felt pain-free all night, and still free in the morning and all day. PM 30 m at level 3.5 for feet. 3-400mg Gabapentin (OK'd this with neurologist last week).
Along with using the apparatus, I continue to take specialized supplements that my chiropractor prescribes, and to receive chiropractic treatments.
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