Peripheral Neuropathy Frequently Asked Questions Answered Here

Peripheral Neuropathy

 What could you accomplish if you could get out of bed every morning, feeling the floor instead of burning, electric pain like walking on tacks? What if there wasn't a need for a lifetime of pills, or amputation? Sometimes, for some people, there is.

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Peripheral neuropathy is an illness that affects peripheral nerves, the nerves that provide feeling and blood flow to the hands and feet. It manifests itself as weakness, numbness, or pain and circulation problems in the hands and feet.

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Can you cure neuropathy?

Peripheral nerves do regenerate. Simply by addressing contributing causes such as exposure to toxins, vitamin and hormonal deficiencies, diet and exercise issues, stress on the nerves and circulation, most neuropathies can be reversed, if it’s not too late.

Can I have neuropathy without diabetes?

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Because most diabetics have some neurological damage, there's a myth that only those with diabetes are susceptible to peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy has many causes and affects people of all ages and genders.

What are the warning signs of neuropathy?

Common neuropathy symptoms include pricking like walking on tacks, "pins and needles" feelings, burning sensations, "electric shock" pain, itching, sensitivity to touch or temperature, or other unusual sensory issues that don't appear to be linked to the environment. Weakness, numbness, and loss of balance are also common.

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Is peripheral neuropathy serious?

Nerve fiber damage may have a variety of symptoms, from minor to severe and even life-threatening. The symptoms are determined by the kind of nerve fibers that were damaged, as well as the degree and type of harm. Symptoms can take days, weeks, or years to show up.

What foods should I avoid with neuropathy?

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Foods that cause inflammation in the digestion tract (gut) aggravate neuropathy symptoms and have been linked to an increased risk for degenerative and all auto-immune diseases.

  • Dairy
  • Fatty meats
  • Grains
  • Sugar 

Artificial sweeteners, flavors, preservatives, tobacco and alcohol

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AGEs of Neuropathy

Because they all contribute to Advanced Glycation End (AGE) products that cause inflammation, hormonal and metabolic imbalances that impair healing.

End products of glycation (AGEs) are hazardous byproducts produced when protein or fat combine with sugar in the circulation. This reaction is known as glycation. Foods that have been exposed to high temperatures, such as grilling, frying, or toasting, are frequently high in these compounds.

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Animal-based foods that are high in fat and protein, like red meats, are prone to AGE formation during cooking. Sugar and highly processed, prepackaged meals are also rich in AGEs. And the use of simple sugars, especially fructose, has been linked to the epidemic of metabolic disease over the last three decades.

Symptoms and Causes of Neuropathy

Eating “right” has never been more important. Food sensitive people are no longer an awkward minority. Nearly everyone has some food sensitivities now, but they might not know it because the commercials have a magic pill for all the warning signs.

Nausea, heartburn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea... are not signs of a bismuth deficiency. They are a warning of bad food choices leading to premature AGE ing, and all inflammatory degenerative disease including neuropathy.

What triggers neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, and exposure to toxins. The most common causes of neuropathy are diabetes and side effects of medications.

Which drugs may cause neuropathy as a side effect?

Too many drugs list neuropathy as a side effect to show here. But knowing the conditions treated with those types of medications may improve awareness. This is only a partial list, so if neuropathy develops only after any new medication, it could be from the medication.

Alcohol abuse medication, arthritis and autoimmune diseases, blood pressure, cancer, COPD/emphysema, heart disease, gout, HIV, infection, seizures... Plus, more than one medication at a time increases the risks of adverse side effects.

Can peripheral neuropathy cause panic attacks or depression?

There is a significant connection between neuropathy pain, anxiety, and sadness. Each of the three might contribute to the other two. Many persons suffering from chronic pain develop feelings of depression and anxiety. Depression and anxiety frequently co-occur with pain and each can amplify the other.

Why does neuropathy hurt worse at night?

Researchers are investigating whether the body's daily hormone cycle (circadian rhythm) might be to blame. The body releases less of its powerful anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol, in both men and women, at night so symptoms often increase at night.

Another theory is called pain gating. Moving around, during the day, creates a lot of feedback from the body, distracting the brain’s perception of pain. Essentially closing the pain gate in the brain. And the more joints in proper Alignment, Balance and Coordination, the stronger the pain gating.

What happens if neuropathy goes untreated?

Without addressing the underlying causes of neuropathy, damage to the skin, blood vessels and nerves usually progresses. The damage can lead to amputation and even death.

Is peripheral neuropathy a disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) classifies neuropathy as a handicap. When determining eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, the SSA consults the Blue Book, which is a medical handbook. Peripheral neuropathy symptoms that might qualify you for financial aid are listed in Section 11.14 of the Blue Book.

Does drinking more water help neuropathy?

Water is more important than food in any diet, especially for those who are looking to relieve pain of any kind. To minimize inflammation and avoid activating pain receptors, it's critical to hydrate oneself daily. Three liters or quarts a day for most women and four for most men.

How should I sleep with neuropathy?

Position your head, neck, and spine in a straight line when you sleep. Tilting or turning the spine while sleeping stresses the body and does not allow for decompression and vital recovery of stress hormones. Sleep on back rather than side or stomach to reduce overnight stress by up to 75%.

Is walking good for neuropathy?

Walking, if possible, may help neuropathy by improving circulation in the legs and feet. Advanced home therapies may be required to make safer, less painful walking possible.

Neuropathy Experience

My father's legs were black with peripheral neuropathy the last time I saw him alive. He was a smoker, and the medicines he needed to breathe damaged his blood vessels, nerves, and skin, causing them to die.

The doctors informed us that they were doing everything possible for him. They thought so, but they were mistaken, and our misplaced trust in them resulted in my father's death. They treated his symptoms rather than support the repair of blood vessels, nerves, and skin.

He lived on the other side of the country, and I had not seen him for a few years. Even though we talked every weekend, he never told me how bad it was getting. Even when I visited that last time, he never let me know, but I could tell, he knew it was the last time I would see him.

I am so grateful for that last visit but deeply disturbed that I couldn’t do more.

About Peripheral Nerve Damage

Sciatica and radiating arm pain, numbness and weakness are all a type of neuropathy caused by pressure on the nerve going down the leg or arm. There is no drug that can take physical pressure off a nerve. Some anti-inflammatory medication may reduce the symptoms, temporarily, but at some point, you have move whatever is pressing on that nerve off that nerve. And it’s possible to speed up the healing, with supplements and home therapies once the pressure on the nerve gets reduced. But it’s nearly impossible to recover from any kind of nerve pressure without the physical release of that nerve pressure.

While surgical decompression remains the most popular method of reducing nerve pressure, it comes with many unnecessary complications, expenses, and risks. In over thirty years of practice, only a few of my sciatica or arm pain patients needed surgery, even when almost all of them were told that surgery was their only option. The rest of them, including myself, recovered completely without surgery. So, I had a lot of experience with treating peripheral nerve damage, but nothing prepared me for seeing my dad, literally on his death bed.

Peripheral Neuropathy Learned The Hard Way

I never want anyone to go through that. Because even then I knew that there was more that could have been done. But I had no idea how bad he got and what I did know about peripheral neuropathy, at that time, was too little too late.

So, I found out more and more over the next decade about how advanced peripheral neuropathy centers were saving life and limb.  For most people in those centers, it was their last hope. And now I share those lifesaving protocols with all my neuropathy patients every day.

Results vary, and we never share patient information. But you can search Dr. Thomas Polucki and read the reviews on Google, Healthgrades, and WebMD to see what some of our patients say about their experience working with us.


Talk to the doctor one-on-one about your challenges and what you want to get back to once better. Set realistic goals with time frames and agreed upon outcome assessments.

And if, in agreement, we move forward to the functional exam and then coauthor a step-by-step plan to achieve your recovery with expert guidance. If we cannot find agreement, we refund the reservation fee and proceed no further. Who else does that?

The outstanding success rate of our patients depends on working exclusively with people who trust and commit to their recommendations.

Nobody ever said to a heart surgeon “Cut me open, split my ribcage and then I’ll decide if I want you to do anything more.”

Quantified Functional Exam

Measures feedback from all the different nerve types affected by peripheral neuropathy. So, we have a baseline score and depending on the type of damage, determines the best rehabilitative support care. If necessary, we’ll discuss further tests to uncover underlying causes.


Treatment Sampler

Our streamlined approach towards assisted stretch, medical massage, and no twist or crack chiropractic adjustment might take hours, in three different offices, and cost hundreds of dollars anywhere else. But now you can get all the relieving, relaxing and restoring benefits from all three all in one stop, and in less than 10 minutes.

Also by adopting the proven methods of supporting the repair of blood vessels, nerves, and skin with specific nutrition and advanced physical therapies our neuropathy patients experience better results than most.

Home therapies are available for purchase to maximize treatment results and top shelf nutritional supplements help support blood vessel, nerve, and skin health. (separate fees)

Anti-inflammatory Diet Program

Quick, Easy and Delicious... These online recipes reduce the most common source of inflammation. Helping to avoid indigestion, joint, muscle and nerve pain, fatigue, brain fog, and mood swings without medication. Giving your sprains and strains a chance to heal. Feel lighter, move easier, think clearer in just days of following these simple, delicious, and satisfying anti-inflammatory recipes.

Stretch and Move

In just a few minutes a day, you can reduce pain, improve flexibility and stability. Regardless of your work or play, these online stretching tips help you reduce tension and stress every day. We take you step by step through each movement, and in just a few minutes a day, anywhere, anytime you can stretch your healthcare dollar further.

What You Get

So, these services, in our office would normally bill at $671 and that’s a value because comparable services would cost several times that anywhere else. But that would still be worth every penny to wake up feeling great, thinking clearly, full of energy, moving through your day free of pain and drug side effects that get in the way of your life. And maybe even reduce the risk of surgery from ongoing degeneration that is never addressed even with the best pain management.

Instead, you’ll have a simple plan to get better and stay better. And if you read this far, you know that you want and need something different than what you have been doing, to get what you really want. And for a limited time, you get it all for the regular checkup fee of just $79 to save your spot.


No doctor can guarantee results. And I don’t. But if I’m not confident I can help you, during the consultation, we don’t go any further and refund your $79 reservation fee.

You may reschedule an appointment with 24-hour’s notice but due to high demand, cancellations within 24 hours or no-show appointments forfeit the reservation fee.

So only request an appointment if you can make it a priority. Fair enough?

Internet, insurance, and government restrictions change with little and no notice. We may be forced to remove this post, its contents and offers without notice. So, if you are ready, NOW is a good time to request your appointment. Haven’t you already suffered enough?


What’s Next

When you enter your contact information (never shared, federally protected) in the Request Appointment form and click the submit button, our friendly scheduler will contact you as soon as possible. Confirming your appointment with a $79 reservation fee that holds your appointment and may be applied to the services listed above in this limited time special offer.

So, submit the form, you will then receive the HIPAA compliant request, on a secure link, for your relevant information to make your first visit quick and easy. Once that information is uploaded, your appointment is confirmed. And we’ll look forward to seeing you at your scheduled appointment.

Limited Time Offer

To get your guaranteed consult, and if we can accept your case, your functional examination. Plus, if you Request Appointment Now, you also get the assisted stretch, medical massage, no twist or crack chiropractic specific adjustment treatment package. And the online pain-relieving diet and stretch classes. A total value of $671 for just the $79 reservation fee. Plus, if we discover, during the consultation that we can’t accept your case, you get your $79 reservation fee refunded, but keep the online diet and stretch program. A $98 value just for letting us see if we can help you.

But we may be forced to remove this offer at any time. So, Request Appointment Now!

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