Beating Peripheral Neuropathy
by John P Hayes Jr., DC, DABCO
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time a comprehensive outpatient drug free treatment for peripheral neuropathy has been so effective.
The first patient is an 80-year-old female who presented to me with a long history of diabetes. She’d been diabetic for about 10 years. She was suffering so badly from peripheral neuropathy that she had been unable to sleep for four years. She was complaining primarily of burning, tingling, very significant sleep disturbance, and a complete loss of sensation in the left great toe.
When I did her sensory examination, I found she had a complete loss of sensation to light touch and vibration at her left great toe. She also had decreased sensation to touch along the lateral aspects of both feet, the dorsum of both feet, and also some decrease in vibration, but not the total loss that was shown at the left side.
Using this new protocol, four sessions into her first one-month trial in the office she started to experience sensation in her great toe.
Five weeks later, she was discharged with a home treatment program.
It’s important to note that after the second week of treatment, she was sleeping through every night except for one with almost no PN symptoms. She had absolutely phenomenal results. Needless to say, I was blown away.
A short time later, there presented in my office one of the most challenging and sad cases I ever seen in my entire life. This particular lady is a 53-year-old woman who presented with her husband in a wheelchair.
At age 47, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Her cancer was treated. During her cancer care, she was treated with Cisplatin, which is a very potent neurotoxin. When we did her examination, obviously she had a very difficult time ambulating because of the complete loss of sensation from her hips to her toes.
When we did her sensory examination, she had no light touch from the hips down. Her feet were ice cold. Her legs were pale. She had no vibration at all anywhere distal to the iliac crest.
I decided that this would be a very good test case to take in. I’m certainly glad I did, because five weeks into treatment, I helped her walk down the hall without assistance. It was absolutely unbelievable. This woman has been in a wheelchair for four years.
The last one is another very amazing chemotherapy patient. This lady is a 54-year-old accountant. Unfortunately, she had colon cancer at a very young age. She was treated with mixed chemotherapy. Her treatment included radiation, chemotherapy, colostomy, and ultimate reversal of a colostomy. Following the cancer treatment, she was left with peripheral neuropathy involving both hands and feet.
She presented to the office as a patient with a stocking-and-glove type of neuropathy, complaining of tingling and sleep disturbance. At the time of her initial presentation, she was also taking Lyrica, which did give her some softening of her symptoms but not alleviation.
After beginning the treatment protocol she started to get the sensation back in her feet. At two weeks, not only had her peripheral neuropathy symptoms improved, but also her skin temperatures and textures have improved.
In addition to having restoration of sensation to her feet, she is now having restoration to her hands.
These cases are nothing short of miraculous. Previously, treating peripheral neuropathy patients hasn’t been really successful. Often, it’s been hit or miss. We’ve had some pretty good results in the past with nutrition therapy, but I’ve never seen the resolutions like we’re seeing in these cases.