Understanding How Drug-Related Effects May Trigger Neuropathy

When it comes to fighting aggressive medical conditions, the treatments often need to be as aggressive as the diseases themselves. Such is the case when it comes to treating certain cancers, infections, and HIV/AIDS, which require strong, systemic medicines that can lead to a host of unwanted side effects, including peripheral neuropathy.

Here at St. Luke Integrative Medical Center, we specialize in treating neuropathy, whether you develop it as a result of diabetes, injury, or because of drug-related effects. Our goal is to offset the discomfort and pain that neuropathy can cause, which are most unwelcome if you’re also fighting off a potentially life-threatening medical problem. With innovative technology, we help our patients in Huntsville, Alabama, regenerate their damaged nerves, allowing them to move freely again.

To better understand how drug-related effects may trigger neuropathy, and what we can do about it, read on.

The side effect

Peripheral neuropathy has long been associated with diabetes, but for those who undergo chemotherapy or treatment for HIV/AIDS or drug-resistant infections, the risk for developing nerve damage is a clear and present danger. In fact, 30-40% of all cancer patients have chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, and one-third of HIV/AIDS sufferers develop the condition.

To fight back against these incredibly aggressive diseases, it calls for a response in kind in order to halt the progression. As part of the battle, your doctor may prescribe certain medications and treatment protocols that constitute more of a slash-and-burn approach, annihilating anything in their path, which includes both the disease, but also your healthier systems.

Your circulatory and nervous systems are often the first to feel the effects as they struggle to fight the primary problem and defend themselves against the toxins that certain medications contain. The drugs most commonly associated with peripheral neuropathy include:

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it represents the main offenders when it comes to developing peripheral neuropathy.

The signs of neuropathy

If you’re engaged in a battle against a serious disease or infection, it can be hard to parse out what’s related to the medical condition and what’s related to your treatment protocol. When it comes to figuring out whether you’ve developed neuropathy, the signs are fairly easy to spot: If you’re experiencing pain, numbness, tingling, or loss of sensation in your extremities, the odds are that your nerves are damaged.

These symptoms typically strike the outlying extremities first, meaning your hands and feet, and slowly work their way up your arms and legs.

At the first signs of neuropathy, you should seek help in order to stem the destruction. This can be tricky since your medications are necessary to fight off your disease, but your doctor can make some necessary adjustments to help combat further nerve damage.

The damage done

While adjusting your medication can stop the forward progress of your neuropathy, it leaves your existing neuropathy unanswered, which is where we come in. Since neuropathy is our primary specialty, we’re equipped with the latest technology and science to help repair your nerves and relieve your discomfort, without the use of more drugs, which mask the problem.

Our approach is one that tackles your neuropathy from many different angles using a local pharma-nutrient infused analgesic spray combined with highly advanced bioelectronic technologies, which we administer through a vasopneumatic electrode system (modern soft-cupping procedure).

Alongside this treatment protocol to regenerate your nerves, we also turn to an overall wellness program to get you moving about without the limitations that can accompany peripheral neuropathy. Using a custom-designed wellness program for human bio-system balance and new exercise technologies to strengthen your limbs, our goal is for you to regain normalized standing, walking, muscle coordination, and general balance.

This combination approach provides a powerful tool that helps you gain the upper hand on your peripheral neuropathy, taking this complication out of the picture so you have the strength to fight off your primary enemy.

To learn more about drug-related peripheral neuropathy, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool found on this website to book a consultation.

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