Peripheral Neuropathy – Ventura

Effective Method Eliminates or Reduces Peripheral  Neuropathy Symptoms …Without Drugs or Surgery!   Why Suffer Any More?

Whether you know it or not, today is actually a defining moment in your life.

 Please take a moment to answer the following questions about the sensations you are feeling in your back, legs or feet:

  • Does your back, legs and/or feet hurt when you walk?
  • Do you ever have legs and/or feet, or arms and/or hands that feel numb?
  • Do you have pain or numbness in your back or hips that radiate into your legs, feet or toes?
  • Do you ever have burning pain into your legs and/or feet?
  • Do you ever have any prickling or tingling feelings in your legs or feet?
  • Are your feet too sensitive to touch such as bed sheets touching them?
  • When you get in the tub/shower are you unable to tell the hot water from the cold water with your feet?
  • Have you experienced an “asleep” feeling or loss of sensation in your legs or feet?
  • Are your symptoms worse at night?
  • Does it feel like you are wearing socks even though you are not?
  • Have you ever had electric shock-like pain in your feet or legs?
  • Do you get muscle cramps in your legs and/or feet?
  • Do you ever have any sharp, stabbing, shooting pains in your feet or legs?
  • Do you have weakness in your arms or legs?
  • Do you have trouble with your balance because you can’t feel the ground you are walking on?

If so, you may have a disabling disorder called Peripheral Neuropathy.

Neuropathy affects every part of your life——-Walking, Sitting, Sleeping, your ability to enjoy relationships,  socialize and so much more! It may come and go….and  besides interrupting your sleep, it can even make your arm or legs feel weak at times.  In a word, your quality of life is affected!

If you have tried “everything”(Physiotherapy, Lyrica, Neurontin, Gabapentin, or other pain medications) and you are not getting the results you want, or even worse than that, if you were told by your doctor “You’re going to have to live with it”, then this may be the most important information you have ever read.

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Understanding Neuropathy is the first step to gaining freedom from this condition.

Peripheral Neuropathy is a term used to describe when the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord, called peripheral nerves have been damaged.  These nerves are part of the vast communcations network that transmits information from the brain and spinal cord, also known as the central nervous system, to every other part of your body.  This damage can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the extremities.  It usually affects the feet and legs, although the hands and arms can be affected, as well as organ systems.

Peripheral neuropathy comes in a few different forms, ranging from mononeuropathy, which is quite common, to polyneuropathy, which can be more serious in many cases because of the wider range of afflicted areas.

In mononeuropathy, only one nerve is affected, making it easier to diagnose.  Polyneuropathy has far-reaching and much more serious consequences. Although the different terms (peripheral neuropathy or polyneuropathy) are used interchangeably, the meaning remains the same.  Damage has occurred to some part or parts of the nerves outside of your brain and spinal cord.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

Neuropathy can have many different symptoms, depending on which group or groups of nerves are involved (motor, sensory, or autonomic).  Symptoms that commonly result from this include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle loss
  • Inability to grasp objects
  • Painful cramps or muscle twitching
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Burning sensation
  • Extreme sensitivity to touch or pressure
  • Sharp, stabbing or lightening bolt pain
  • Lack of balance, and coordination
  • Bone degeneration
  • Unusual sweating or complete inability to sweat
  • Changes in skin, hair, and nails
  • Abnormalities in blood pressure, heart rate or pulse
  • Sensation of wearing a glove or stocking.

Peripheral Neuropathy usually starts with numbness, prickling, or tinging in the toes or fingers.  It might spread up the feet to the legs, or it might affect the hands with gradual damage spanning up the arms.  Damage can cause burning, freezing, throbbing, or shooting pain that is worse at night.

The pain can be either constant or periodic, but usually the pain is felt equally on both sides of the body – in both hands or in both feet.

Often, people suffering from peripheral neuropathy will lose their balance and coordination because of the loss of specialized receptors located on nerve endings found in muscles, tendons, joint, and the inner ear.  One of the most common complaints we hear from our patients suffering from neuropathy is they feel unstable, and they tend to fall.  This is very frustrating and embarrrasing for them – not to mention dangerous.

Here’s What Makes Peripheral Neuropathy so Dangerous!

Peripheral Neuropathy is so bad because it sort of sneaks up on you.   Unlike other diseases, Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition that slowly eats away at you.  It is just like a poison (especially with diabetes), doing its damage to nerves slowly.  So slowly, that at first, when it’s already done some damage, you won’t even notice it.  As time progresses, you’ll begin to experience some frequent and repeating symptoms.  As it gets worse, many people feel an awful, painful sensation in their legs and feet all the time; day and night.

As mentioned above, Neuropathy can make you unstable and Neuropathy sufferers are susceptible to falling.  Falls are the leading cause of death among the elderly.  87% of all fractures in the elderly are due to falls.  One out of five seniors will die within 5 years following a hip fracture.  A loss of balance is a major risk factor for Neuropathy sufferers.

Most forms of chronic Peripheral Neuropathies are degenerative and progressive.  In other words, if left untreated; they will likely get worse over time; even possible foot amputation.  The thing that we hate to see the most is someone who has let their condition progress to the point of having ulcers or sores on their feet. Don’t let this happen to you!

“ I’ve noticed since I’ve been in Dr. Alff’s Neuropathy program that I have increased my ability to know my balance. I am much more confident now that I won’t fall down or have to look for something to grab onto if I am up on a 3-step ladder, or trying to get something off a high shelf. Before Dr. Alff’s program, my feet would be throbbing and painful at the end of the day if I had been up on them for a long period of time.  When I would get in bed and try to sleep, I couldn’t sleep because of the throbbing.  Now I don’t have that problem any longer and I can now get a good sleep each night!  I’ve also noticed that I have more feeling in my legs also.  I feel so much more secure!”    Art P., Ventura

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

A Neuropathy diagnosis is mysterious and elusive.

If you’ve got Neuropathy from Diabetes, you’re not alone.  In fact, the American Diabetic Society says that over 4 million Americans have diabetes and it is estimated that between 40-50 percent of these people will experience some form of nerve damage or peripheral neuropathy from their diabetes.

This is serious stuff, and if you are suffering from any of the neuropathy symptoms we mentioned above, you may be an unknown and completely innocent victim of diabetes yourself.

If your Neuropathy is not caused by Diabetes, most medical doctors will tell you the cause is idiopathic, which means that its origin is unknown.  Usually that is because the doctor doesn’t read or understand the scientific literature, or they are just too busy to research the cause of your particular type.  Also, we find many medical professionals being influenced by Big Pharma propaganda, which includes manipulated research produced by pharmaceutical companies. It is concerning that the pharmaceutical rep, who is educating your doctor on this wonder drug they are pushing, has a degree in marketing, rather than chemistry.  Needless to say, this is troubling.

The reality is that there are a number of causes (over 100!) leading to peripheral Neuropathy that we do know about.  The problem is that the causes of Neuropathy are rarely simple or easily identifiable.  You see, Neuropathy is very seldom caused by just one factor.  There are usually two, three, or more factors that have contributed to the onset of your condition.

Some of the more common causes (besides Diabetes) are:

  • Medications
  • Chemotherapy/Radiation
  • Surgeries or other physical injuries
  • Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, etc.)
  • Environmental chemicals and toxins (MSG, aspartame, pesticides, etc.)
  • Malnutrition/nutritional deficiencies caused by:
    • lack of nutrients in food and/or processed food
    • inability of digestive tract to absorb nutrients eaten due to acid reflux, gluten intolerance, food sensitivities, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, colitis, IBS, or other digestive disorders.

New Evidence has correlated Metabolic Syndrome with small fiber damage leading to Neuropathy!

Metabolic Syndrome, also known as metabolic syndrome X, or Pre-Diabetes, is the name applied to a group of risk factors that raises your risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes.  It is becoming more prevalent in the United States with each passing year.

Researchers have found that one thing is for certain:all of the risk factors associated with metabolic syndrome are related to central obesity (extra weight around the middle) and insulin resistance.

Studies have shown that many of the cases of small fiber Neuropathy with symptoms of tingling, pain and loss of sensation in the feet and hands are due to a glucose intolerance (a sugar-handling problem) found before a diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes has ever been reached.

More Medications Are Not The Solution

Often times, the doctor you see for Peripheral Neuropathy spend their day dealing with infections, flu, fractures, and so on, and only have a limited amount of minutes to spend with you. 
They almost always recommend prescription anti-seizure drugs.  Their training is based on the premise that we should wait until something goes wrong with your health, and treat the problem with symptom-masking drugs or old-fashioned methods like surgery.  Intervention, not restoration. 
If your symptoms get better from taking medications, they’re happy.  For some diseases, like a bacterial lung infection, for example, medication is necessary.  It gets rid of the symptom and the cause of the problem.

Unfortunately, for most disorders, like Peripheral Neuropathy, the medication probably given to you simply covers up the pain, numbness or discomfort. While this may be necessary for temporary relief of severe symptoms, using them long term is no way to live.  Sure, you feel better temporarily, but you will probably experience the symptoms as soon as the medication wears off.  Some of the more common drugs given for Peripheral Neuropathy are not approved and regulated by the FDA directly for Neuropathy. This is called “off label use”, meaning the drug you are being given is used for a different medical condition that what was originally approved by the FDA.   Drugs used for the treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy include anti-seizure medications, pain pills, and anti-depressants – all of which have huge side effects.

Getting Rid of the Symptoms for Some is OK…but Getting Rid of the Cause is Better!

What will your feet, toes, or hands feel like and be like 6, 9, or 12 months from today?

Listen!  You may not have to live with this!  You do have other options!  Yes! There is Still Hope! You may not have to be on sleep inducing drugs to keep the pain under control!  You may not have to get used to the numbness and tingling! You should not be so quick to give up.

“I have been a Type II Diabetic for the last 30 years and in the last 10 years, my feet have grown numb. I was lucky enough to hear about Dr. Alff and his Neuropathy program in Ventura.  So, even though I live in Encino and have to drive an hour each way to see him I decided to begin his program.  I have never had such a beautiful experience! In this program of his, I am absolutely getting feeling back in my feet!  It’s the first time in 10 years that I am able to wear regular shoes!  Before this I have had to wear shoes with a one-inch thick pad on them or tennis shoes. Now, every day my feet are feeling better !   The changes in my feet and my life are amazing along with my ability to move around.”     –Patrick L., Encino

As sad as this is to say, many medical doctors would rather see you continue to suffer than to refer you to a natural alternative health doctor like me, who may end your misery…without drugs or surgery.  A doctor like me, who might stop the problems without drugs or surgery by finding and restoring the CAUSE of the problem to its normal state!

I guess it doesn’t matter that Pfizer, the maker of Neurotin, was fined $430 million in 2004, and also $142.5 million in 2010 for recommending Neurontin be used “off label” to treat neurogenic pain, as it’s approved use by the FDA is only as a seizure medication.

They’d rather see you exist in a fog of pain and lose the quality of your life, because THEY can’t help you.  As hard as this is to imagine, many doctors feel that if THEIR practice of medicine cannot eliminate a condition…then you “just have to learn to live with it!”

It really is disgusting, but the traditional wing of the health care profession is fighting very hard and is not too anxious to give up the ownership of the health care industry they used to have.  Profits before your health.

Sad but very true. But that’s the old days.  The past.  Now, you have the option of possibly ridding yourself of your discomfort quickly and painlessly!  Like our patient, Carolyn, did:

“I contacted Dr. Alff because I have Peripheral Neuropathy. I saw my personal physician a few months ago and brought this to his attention.  He told me there wasn’t anything they could do for it. He told me if it got painful he could give me some pills to take, but I didn’t want to go that route. After only a few weeks of treatment at Dr. Alff’s office, the tingling and numbness in my feet has greatly subsided!  I am very happy I came here; I feel much better!”

Anyway, after treating literally hundreds of patients for chronic pain, we have created a Comprehensive Neuropathy Treatment Program that dispels the myths you have been told, reveals the hidden causes…and most importantly, explains one of the latest, proven, non-surgical methods that most general practitioners, physical therapists, chiropractors, diabetes doctors, and even medical neurologists do not know about, are not even trained to provide you!

This information is not based on any theories or conjecture.  No, it’s based on many years of research and most importantly, results.  There are methods that exist than can reduce or eliminate the symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy without ever needing medication or surgery!

Now don’t think that non-drug or non-surgical methods are “old fashioned” or “low tech”.  No way.  What we’re talking about is a very sophisticated natural protocol to treat the problems you have developed and can’t get rid of.

There’s something you’ve got to keep in mind.  We are dedicated to changing the lives of Ventura County Peripheral Neuropathy sufferers.  This is what we do.  We are here to help pull you out of the “downward health spiral” in which you may be trapped.

We’ve got tons of experience of naturally, and sometimes even quickly, ending the misery of pain and extremity malfunctions under our belts.

“I have had Peripheral Neuropathy for the last 20-30 years and within the last 6 months, the situation was getting worse! I was told by three, maybe four, physicians that absolutely nothing could be done….I had given up!  I had nothing to lose by consulting with Dr. Alff, but I was somewhat skeptical that he could help me after what the M.D.’s told me. I started Dr. Alff’s comprehensive Peripheral Neuropathy Program.  I can now say that I have noticed a definite improvement!  It’s terrific!! I would like to thank Dr. Alff and his staff.  I am grateful!”    Patrick, Ventura

What Makes Our Unique Approach to Neuropathy so  Successful?

It all starts with diagnosing the problem correctly…we need to see if you do, indeed, have Neuropathy. If we feel you possibly could be helped, we will need to perform a thorough, in-depth evaluation and examination to diagnose your nerve function.

If you do have Neuropathy, we need to determine the cause of it and if it is small fiber or large fiber Neuropathy, or both.  With that information in hand, we design a specific course of action customized just for you (Did you know there are over 100 + causes of Neuropathy so everyone has a different solution too!).  So your treatment needs to address the cause of your Neuropathy and not just the pain.

Another patient, Bob, has had great results with our help and says:” I contacted Dr. Alff, D.C. after  having symptoms of tingling, burning and pain in my hand, leg and foot.  My M.D. & Neurologist had no idea how to help me. I am 100% better than I was before I saw Dr. Alff and I haven’t felt this good in years!  His staff is the most courteous staff at a Doctor’s office I’ve ever known.   If you have pain, if you have burning, if you have tingling, I most sincerely recommend Dr. Alff.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! ” 

When you have Peripheral Neuropathy or something that causes similar symptoms, and you want natural treatment, rather than drugs or surgeries, you should be calling us!

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”. For change to be of any true value, they’ve got to be lasting and consistent.”  – Tony Robbins

If you’re interested in checking this out further, you may be wondering what’s the best way to get the information you need to be able to make an educated decision on what to do.

Well, we have two FREE and non-threatening ways to do this that you’re going to like!

  1.  Every month, I give a free Neuropathy Seminar where I review the 5 critical steps to reducing or eliminating your Neuropathy symptoms. Just call us at (805) 648-7987 and we will see if you quality to attend, OR…
  2. If you decide that you don’t want to wait and want to come right in, all you have to do is make an appointment for a FREE, no obligation consultation.  This is simply a chance for you to meet us, for you to look us over with our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment systems, and see if our services can benefit you.

If after the free Seminar, or free Consultation, you feel we want to move ahead, we will get you scheduled for a comprehensive Clinical Neuropathy Evaluation.  This Evaluation is a series of several exam tests which are painless and quantify the degree of nerve damage you may have, as well as determine:

  1. Whether you have Peripheral Neuropathy and what may be the cause of it in your specific case.
  2. If you are risk for your Peripheral Neuropathy getting worse.
  3. Is there an underlying condition which could be causing your symptoms that needs to be accessed by a medical specialist.
  4. If you are high risk for falling which is a major cause of preventable death of people over 65 years old.
  5. Whether or not your condition is too far progressed for treatment, even with proper care.

So, if you’re experiencing symptoms, have been treated with little or no improvement, or want a second opinion to compare what we have to say about the care you’re currently receiving, please CALL US RIGHT NOW, AT (805) 648-7987.

Our appointment calendar and seminars are always booked solid, so don’t procrastinate.  If you’re concerned, make that call to us now.  What have you got to lose?  Why not finally get better?

P.S.  Polyneuropathy does not have to be something that you are forced to live with.  Neuropathy may be reversible!  The most fulfilling part of what we do is being able to help people recover from Neuropathy and return to their normal lives.  Some of our patients had previously given up the activities that they loved the most, such as gardening, golfing, playing with their grandchildren, horseback riding, or just taking a stroll through the mall. After undergoing our comprehensive treatment program for Neuropathy, they were able to return to their favorite activities. Ultimately, it’s about  Quality of Life.

Remember…You May Not Have to Live With Neuropathy

*Source:  National Institute of Neuropathy, et al

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