Peripheral neuropathy, this is an often devastatingcondition in which people develop pain and numbness in their hands and feet. Basicallythey’re told on the evening news that they should be taking this or that medication sothat they can get through life. That’s treating the smoke and ignoring thefire. Those medicines that you’re seeing advertised don’t treat the neuropathy, they only treatthe symptoms. But what’s causing peripheral neuropathy? Well we know that in America,one of the biggest causes of peripheral neuropathy is being diabetic, which is clearly relatedto the foods that you eat by and large. Becoming a type 2 diabetic dramatically increases yourrisk for having peripheral neuropathy and
in fact being devastated by it. This is adisease that effects 1 in 15 Americans. Let’s take a look. So again this is 1 in 15 Americansâ€”thisis 20 million Americans afflicted by this disease, that aside from diabetes, we’re toldthe cause is unknown. Well maybe that’s not exactly true. Last month, in the journal Neurology,an incredible study was published describing a relationship between what are called fluoroquinolones,and the risk of developing a peripheral neuropathy. You may not know what fluoroquinolones are,but chances are you may have actually been exposed to fluoroquinolone. These are antibioticsused for treating things like upper respiratory
infections and even urinary tract infections.Things like Levaquin and Cipro are commonly used in walk in s. If you have a urinarytract infection, you may have received these mediations. Well, here’s what the study showedus: So this is a study published in September2014 that looked at men between age 45 to 80 years of age followed for a 10 year periodand in this group there were over 6,000 cases of peripheral neuropathy. And they comparedthese individuals to about 25,000 aged match controls, and what they found was that riskfor developing this devastating condition called peripheral neuropathy was doubled inthose individuals exposed to this class of
antibiotics called fluoroquinolones. And whatthe researchers also told us is that, and I quote, quot;Fluoroquinolones have been shownto neurotoxic. Oral fluoroquinolones have also been associated with reported cases ofpsychosis and seizures, which similar to peripheral neuropathy have been shown to be acute eventsoccurring within days of fluoroquinolone use. In light of strong evidence of unnecessaryprescribing of oral fluoroquinolones in the United States, ians must weigh the riskof PN against the benefits of prescribing FQ when prescribing these drugs to their patients.quot; We’ve got to practice medicine under the dictumof quot;above all do no harm.quot; One of our most
well respected peer review journals is nowtelling us that the use of these medicationsâ€”these fluoroquinolone antibiotics is associatedwith doubling of the risk of peripheral neuropathy. A disease which often is not treatable. Sokeep that in mind the next time you think you need an antibiotic for this or that problem,discuss this study with your treating physician. I’m David Perlmutter.
Tingling Feet and Hands An Early Warning of Neuropathy
Tingling or numbness affecting your feet mayseem like a trivial symptom of no real importance. However, in this tutorial, I will explain whythis symptom may be very important with regard to your health in general and why you shouldnot ignore it. Tingling hands, feet, or hands and feet isan extremely common and bothersome symptom. Such tingling can sometimes be entirely innocentand temporary. For example, it could result from pressure on nerves when your arm is bentunder your head as you fall asleep. Or it could be from pressure on nerves when youcross your legs for too long. In either case, the quot;pins and needlesquot; effect which isusually painless is soon relieved by removing
the pressure that caused it. In many cases, however, tingling in the hands,feet can be severe, occurring at irregular times or continuously day and night. It alsocan accompany other symptoms. such as pain,Â itching, numbness, and muscle wasting. In such cases,tingling may be a sign ofÂ nerve damage. SuchÂ nerve damageÂ is known by s asÂ peripheralneuropathyÂ because it affects nerves distant from theÂ brainÂ and spinal cord, often inthe hands and feet. There are more than 100 different types of peripheral neuropathy.Over time, peripheral neuropathy can worsen, resulting in decreased mobility and even disability.Â
In fact, diabetesÂ is the number one causeof peripheral neuropathy, accounting for well over a third of cases. InÂ diabetic neuropathy,tingling and other symptoms often first develop in both feet and go up the legs, followedby tingling and other symptoms that affect both hands and go up the arms. About twothirdsof people with diabetes have mild to severe forms ofÂ nerve damage. In many cases, thesesymptoms are the firstÂ signs of diabetes. So here is the main point I want to make,tingling and numbness in the feet may be the first signs that you have a serious peripheralneuropathy and that you may have diabetes. Diabetes puts you at risk of heart attack,stroke, kidney failure, blindness and a long
list of other serious complications. So thattingling you have could be your only warning sign of a serious complication developingelsewhere in your body. Don’t ignore this symptom and please get a check up. Well I hope you have found this tutorial interesting.Do please remember to subscribe and that way you will be the first to see my next tutorialon leg health and venous disease. My name is Haroun Gajraj, thank you for watching.