The Cause of Your Neuropathy, is it Unknown

I’ve been talking to people about their neuropathy for 12 years.  I recently offered a quiz to help people to know what can make the neuropathy worse, or what will slow down building healthy nerves when taking supplements.  (Here is the quiz, if you are interested – Quiz 

One thing that I get often is that the cause of their neuropathy (nerve damage) is unknown.   Not only does that bother me as they could be doing something everyday that creates more nerve damage, but I don’t understand why the cause can’t be found.

So, on that note, here is an article where all the causes of nerve damage is listed.

Causes of Neuropathy (Risk Factors)

And here are some articles on some of the major causes   Article on Causes of Neuropathy

If you, for any reason, no of another cause, please tell me.  I want to research it and put it on this list

Worried About Taking Vitamin B6

Some people have asked about the vitamin B6 they are taking as a result of using the Nerve Support Formula. This question is one that people ask about any B6 in any formula.

The Linus Pauling Institute found that adverse effects have only been documented from vitamin B6 supplements and never from food sources.

Therefore, safety concerning only the supplemental form of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, also called pyridoxine hydrochloride) is discussed here.

Although vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is excreted in the urine, long-term supplementation with very high doses of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) may result in painful neurological symptoms known as sensory neuropathy.

Symptoms include pain and numbness of the extremities and in severe cases, difficulty walking. Sensory neuropathy typically develops at doses of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) in excess of 1,000 mg a day.

However, there have been a few case reports of individuals who developed sensory neuropathies at doses of less than 500 mg of Vitamin B6 daily over a period of months.

None of the studies in which a neurological examination was performed reported evidence of sensory nerve damage at intakes below 200 mg of pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) daily.

To prevent sensory neuropathy in virtually all individuals, the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine set the tolerable upper intake level for pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) at 100 mg/day for adults.

Please let me know if this answers any questions you might have had on this subject.

Does Neuropathy and Nerve Pain Feel Worse in the Holiday Season?

Have you noticed it yourself?  Whatever it is that you were doing that was helping, doesn’t seem to work.   What changed?   Is it the weather?

Have you noticed that your diet changes after Thanksgiving?   Thanksgiving is an  eating holiday followed by pies, desserts and Christmas cookies. Most religions have holidays at this time of the year and celebrate the same way – with food.

Are you now eating more often with friends and attending parties (with friends and at work)?

So what does this have to do with neuropathy?

Here is an article that will give you a good idea.  Burning B Vitamins Doesn’t Help Neuropathy

What is Marijuana? Does it help?

Ever since marijuana was legalized, I’ve received a lot of emails regarding its use especially for neuropathy pain?  It is almost as if it isn’t really a drug and it will help their problem rather then medical drug pain killers.

My first response is that a problems with evaluating this drug are the inconsistent dosing and quality-control issues.  

It is a drug and like all drugs has side effects.

Here is something put together by the Foundation for a Drug Free World that I found informative

The Truth About Marijuana

 

 

 

What can Vitamin C do for Your Nerves?

Sorbitol (a form of sugar) travels to certain parts of the body where it builds up. These parts of the body are:

– the lens of the eye where it forms a white milky film called cataracts and

– the sciatic nerve (the big nerve that runs down your leg) where it can cause nerve damage (nerve pain).

Evidence indicates that taking 2,000 mg a day of vitamin C may reduce the production of sorbitol and help strip sorbitol out of the body.

Most of the vitamin C sold in the US is ascorbic acid by itself, a whole food or food based Vitamin C is what is needed.

You can read more about Vitamin C

Sensory Neuropathy – Sensory Nerves Damaged

There are three types of nerves – sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves.

Nerves carry information to and from the brain. It is the communication system of the body. The brain sends out commands to the body via the nervous system. The brain gets information from the body via the nervous system.

Every nerve in your peripheral system has a specific function, so the symptoms will depend on the type of nerves affected.

Nerves are classified into:

Sensory nerves that receive sensation, such as temperature, pain, vibration or touch, from the skin

Motor nerves that control muscle movement

Autonomic nerves that control functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, digestion and bladder

Read More:  Sensory Neuropathy

Inherited or Genetic Neuropathy

There are specific types of neuropathy that are considered inherited.  But genetic is a matter of the DNA and this can be altered not only by what you inherit but by what can affect the DNA. Chemicals, radiation and toxins can also produce damage to the DNA either by breaking the strand or rearranging the sequence of the genes.

There are also conditions that are considered hereditary neuropathy.

Read:  Hereditary Neuropathy