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The most common method your doctor will recommend to treat your neuropathy is with prescription drugs that may temporarily reduce your symptoms. These drugs have generic names such as Gabapentin, Amitriptyline, or Lyrica and are primarily antidepressant or antiseizure drugs. These drugs may cause you to feel uncomfortable and have a variety of harmful side effects. Peripheral neuropathy is a result of damage to the nerves often causing weakness, pain, numbness, tingling, and the most debilitating balance problems. This damage is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow. As you can see in Figure 2, as the blood vessels that surround the nerves become diseased they shrivel up which causes the nerves to not get the nutrients to continue to survive. When these nerves begin to 3) How much treatment will your condition require? adding water to a plant and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper. The treatment that is provided at Compass Medical Center has four main goals: 1) Increase blood flow 2) Stimulate small fiber nerves 3) Decrease brain-based pain 4) Stabilize the nerve cells The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage then your condition can been treated. The treatment to increase blood flow utilizes a specialized low-level light therapy (not to be confused with laser therapy) using light emitting diode technology. This technology “die” they cause you to have balance was originally developed by NASA problems, pain, numbness, tingling, to assist in increasing blood flow. burning, and many additional The low level light therapy is like symptoms. watering a plant. The light therapy The main problem is that your will allow the blood vessels to grow doctor has told you to just live with back around the peripheral nerves the problem or try the drugs which and provide them with the proper you don’t like taking because they nutrients to heal and repair. It’s like make you feel uncomfortable. There is now a facility right here in Grand Junction that offers you hope without taking those endless drugs with serious side effects. (see the special neuropathy severity examination at the end of this article). In order to effectively treat your neuropathy three factors must be determined. 1) What is the underlying cause? 2) How much nerve damage has been sustained? NOTE: Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is nothingthat we can do for you. The experienced providers at the Compass Medical Center can do a neuropathy severity examination to determine the extent of the nerve damage. This neuropathy severity examination will consist of a detailed sensory evaluation, physical examination, diagnostic testing, and a detailed analysis of the findings of your neuropathy. Call our office today to make an appointment to determine if your neuropathy can be treated: 2478 Patterson Road Grand Junction, CO 81505 (970) 628-0055 All major health insurances accepted 23154-1 including Medicare.