M.G, a 39 y.o woman presented on 05/11 with symptoms of neuropathy. She reported "often tripping over her own feet" and bad balance because:
- she couldn't feel her left leg below her knee,
- cramping and pain in both of her feet, and
- lack of normal sensation that "tells your brain where your feet are."
She reported a feeling like walking on a rock. And when walking downstairs, she would step down, then lower her other foot to that step, and repeat like this all the way down. M had been very active and an athlete for 18 years when younger, but now she said she had to look at her feet to see what position they were in prior to lifting or doing anything off balance to ensure they were in a stable position, because she could no longer rely on what used to be normal sensory information. One of her goals was to be able to go hiking again, as she'd become afraid to do so due to her unstable footing.
Her initial exam on 05/11 included the TCSS sensory assessment, and revealed M had experienced a 32% loss of normal nerve function. Quite significant for such a young woman! She began treatment here with the goal of nerve restoration. Ignoring or medicating her symptoms was not helping her, so we had to provide what her nerves needed to reconnect and to heal. Approx 2 months later, on 07/13, a re-assessment was performed. M's 32% nerve deficit was cut to 11%! In other words, her nerve function, or "connectivity" had been restored 21 percentage points! Six weeks later in early September, M reported to the office all smiles. “Yesterday, I went for a long hike, by myself, on very rough and uneven terrain with "lots of tree roots and hills", and made it to the base of a fire tower. I hesitated for a moment, then I climbed to the top of the fire tower!” We are so excited for the progress MG has made, and she continues to heal.
Kim R.'s Story
Kim R, a 60 y.o. woman, presented on 4/16/20 with concerns about a "pins and needles" feeling in both feet and all her toes. The symptoms had begun approximately 2 1/2 years ago and was diagnosed as progressive diabetic neuropathy. Her condition was worsening, and included occasional burning in her feet, so bad that some nights her "burning feet" would wake her up. She reported that sometimes while walking she'd feel a sharp pain in her foot as if she'd stepped on a thumbtack. She was taking Gabapentin as prescribed by her doctor, but Kim was aware that this was an attempt to try and ease her symptoms, but was told "nothing could stop or reverse her neuropathy." Until now.
We began with the TCSS 5-point sensory assessment, which revealed Kim's neuropathy had stolen 51% of her normal nerve function!
Beginning our nerve restoration protocols, giving the nerves what they need to heal, we re-assessed her condition on 07/23. 14 weeks into the protocol, Kim's nerves had healed (reconnected/restored) by 32 percentage points!! Instead of operating at a mere 49% of normal, her nerves were now working at 81%!! On 09/15, Kim further described her progress, saying her remaining symptoms were now a feeling of some tingling in the 2nd toe of her right foot just a couple times per week.
R.W., a 55 yo male, presented with complaints of diabetic neuropathy of 2-3 years duration. He described the condition as progressively worsening. He used to be able to relieve his symptoms by getting off his feet, but now even at night while lying down he experienced shooting pain to his knees and feet. R experienced pain, numbness and tingling symptoms in both shins/calves and feet to his toes. The neuropathy had gotten so bad that he couldn't even feel an infection in his right big toe, and it progressed to where he had to have that toe amputated!
This is neuropathy! A complex set of symptoms ranging from extreme numbness to extreme burning pain, often at the same time. R's job involved a lot of standing, and by the end of his workday he would be in agony. He said it also felt like a rubber ball or a club was stuck under his feet when he walked. The Gabapentin he had been prescribed was helping with his symptoms (which he described as a 10 out of 10 when he didn't take the pills) but his condition was worsening nonetheless. He reported it was now even interfering with his marriage. The pain and limitation of his feet would interfere with plans, outings, and other relations. R just wanted to be able to work and walk without pain, and wanted his "normal" life back.
On his initial assessment, 03/25/20, the TCSS 5 point sensory exam showed he had lost 71% of his normal nerve capability! R legs and feet were functioning at a mere 29% of normal. No wonder he was so miserable! Care protocols to heal and restore his peripheral nerves was begun to see if his was not a hopeless situation. Just a few weeks later, R stated, "something good is happening"... he said he was already noticing much less pain, and that some of his feeling was coming back. Notably, as he walked across the floor of our treatment room one day, he commented, "I can feel the carpet again!". Amazing the things most of us take for granted!
Approximately 7 weeks into his care, we reassessed his condition with the TCSS, and this revealed still a 53% deficit, but an improvement of 18 percentage points... clear evidence R's condition had not progressed too far to begin to revive his nerves!! What this jump in 18% of nerve function felt like for R? He reported at that time that his pain was no longer constant, and that he felt approximately 50% better overall!