Hypoxia and Sensory Neuropathy

Published: 15th July 2010
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In all neuropathy cases, regardless of the caused, the common link appears to be Hypoxia. This is one amazing discovery that I've learn while working with Dr. David Phillips.

Hypoxia is a word used to describe loss of oxygen. This is a condition where in whole body or part of the body is deprived of adequate amount of oxygen. It often occurs in the area of the body where nerve cells exchange impulses or what is called neuronal junctions.

The neuronal junction is where nervous impulses pass through. This is a form of electrochemical communication of nerve cells across a gap. In theory, when a patient is suffering from neuropathy due to hypoxia, the neuronal gap between their cells widens and therefore considered to cause some of the common symptoms experience by patients such as numbness, burning sensation, tingling and shooting pains.

According to Dr. Phillips, "Neuropathy and chronic pain is characterized by pain, numbness, loss of tactile feedback, and poor tissue perfusion. These symptoms may indicate that oxygen is not getting to all the cells causing dysfunction." In his work, it is said that 90% of neuropathy and chronic pain is a result of the minimal transmission of nerve signals between nerve cells because of there is not enough oxygen which is needed to support nerve cell metabolism. So it appears that hypoxia is the main factor for neuropathy and chronic pain. The shrinking of the nerve cell due to the demineralization of the synaptic fluid that causes the gap between nerve cells to widen is also considered to be another factor. The widening of the gap between cells makes is hard for normal sensations to circulate.

The cause of Hypoxia may be attributed to many situations that patients experienced throughout their lives. As you read further from Dr. Phillips, you'll learn that among the reasons behind the loss of oxygen in the body could be due to trauma, or compression on a peripheral nerve. This compression can happen in the median nerve found at the wrist, in the sciatic nerves such as that at the hip and lower back, as well as in the ulna nerve at the elbow.

Suffering from any of these conditions can be devastating for anyone. To manage the pain and discomfort, patients would often turn to pain medications. Unfortunately, pain medications do not cure the condition. It merely masked it. Sooner or later, it may eventually lead to complications with more severe side effects such as mental confusion and intestinal problems.

The good news is, great advancements are now available in the treatment of neuropathy. Patients can now undergo better treatments than just settling with reducing the pain and discomfort that they have. There are combine method of treatments that are now used to help patients.


Dr. John Hayes, Jr. is an Evvy Award Nominee and author of "Living and Practicing by Design" and "Beating Neuropathy". His work on peripheral neuropathy has expanded practice building to MDs, PTs and DPMs. Register your information at http://perfectpracticeweb.com to get a free CD and information packet on his unique services. Peripheral neuropathy doctors and patients will find more at http://neuropathydr.com

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