Neuritis/Neuropathy

Neuritis/Neuropathy: Overview

Neuritis is the inflammation of a peripheral nerve or nerves often accompanied by degenerative changes in nervous tissue.  A neuropathy involves either a cranial nerve or spinal nerve.  At times, several different groups of nerves in various parts of the body may be involved.  This condition is known as polyneuritis or polyneuropathy.

Incidence; Causes and Development

Some form of neuropathy affects 1 person in 400.

The causes of nerve pathology include:
  • Mechanical from injury, pressure, overworking a part of the body
  • Vascular (blockage of a vessel or hemorrhage into nerve tissue)
  • Infectious as in shingles, diptheria, polio, tetanus, or leprosy
  • Toxic from heavy metals like arsenic, mercury and lead; chemical poisoning from organo-phosphates, drugs or alcohol; vaccination as in Guillain Barré syndrome
  • Metabolic from acidosis, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of neuritis that arise from the involvement of sensory nerves include tingling, burning, pins-and-needles sensations, stabbing or even loss of sensation.  If motor nerves are involved, symptoms may range from a slight loss of muscle tone to paralysis with muscle wasting.  Since neuritis is regarded as a condition that results from a number of disorders, rather than a disease in itself, treatment is directed first at the underlying cause.

Treatment and Prevention

Homeopathic. Specific remedies to be given 4 times daily for up to 2 weeks while constitutional help is being sought:
  • Nerves flare up after exposure to cold, affected part of body feels congested as well as numb: Aconite 30c
  • Attack brought on by dry cold, person feels chilly, exhausted, restless burning or searing pains: Arsenicum 6c
  • Attack brought on by cold or damp, pain violent and lacerating, and better for application of heat especially if person is suffering from facial neuralgia: Colocynth 6c
  • Pain worse after sleep: Lachesis 6c
  • Pain alleviated by heat and pressure: Magnesia phos.  6c
  • Neuralgia affecting rib cage or located above right eye: Ranunculus 6c
  • Pain above left eye, made worse by movement: Spigelia 6c

Neuritis/Neuropathy

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Signs, symptoms & indicators of Neuritis/Neuropathy:

Symptoms - Muscular

Some/great loss of muscle tone is often a sign or symptom of Neuritis/NeuropathySome/great loss of muscle tone
Loss of muscle tone is a common neuritis symptom: The affected nerve keeps the muscles from staying toned.
Specific/severe muscle weakness is often a sign or symptom of Neuritis/NeuropathySpecific/severe muscle weakness
Symptoms of neuritis include a weakness in the muscles and a wasting away of muscle tissue.  Without proper nerve stimulation the muscles are no longer healthy and cannot be effective.

Symptoms - Nervous

Paralysis not due to physical injury is a sign or symptom of Neuritis/NeuropathyParalysis not due to physical injury
Paralysis is one of the more severe symptoms of neuritis.
(Recent) loss of sense of touch is often a sign or symptom of Neuritis/Neuropathy(Recent) loss of sense of touch
Nerve damage or swelling can make it impossible for nerve impulses to get through.  This numbness may only affect a small area or may travel along the entire nerve, and it may be temporary or permanent.
Numb/burning/tingling extremities is often a sign or symptom of Neuritis/NeuropathyNumb/burning/tingling extremities
For some individuals burning may become so bad that they feel like the area is on fire, exacerbated by certain movements and activities.

Conditions that suggest Neuritis/Neuropathy:

Mental

Dizziness may suggest Neuritis/NeuropathyDizziness
When the vestibular nerve (connecting the inner ear to the brain) is affected, dizziness or vertigo can result, especially in association with diabetes.

Musculo-Skeletal

Organ Health

Vertigo may suggest Neuritis/NeuropathyVertigo
When the vestibular nerve (connecting the inner ear to the brain) is affected, dizziness or vertigo can result.

Risk factors for Neuritis/Neuropathy:

Environment / Toxicity

Heavy Metal Toxicity often increases risk of Neuritis/NeuropathyHeavy Metal Toxicity
Arsenic and lead poisoning can cause neuritis.

Infections

Metabolic

Acidosis often increases risk of Neuritis/NeuropathyAcidosis
A contributing cause of neuritis is chronic acidosis, that is, excessive acid condition of the blood and other body fluids.  All the body fluids should be alkaline in their reaction, but when the acidic wastes are continuously formed in the tissues over a long period due to a faulty diet, it can result in an overly acid state.  Stress and over work lower the tone of nervous system and contribute towards acidic neuritis.

Nutrients

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement often increases risk of Neuritis/NeuropathyVitamin B-Complex Requirement
Deficiencies of several B-vitamins (B1, B2, pantothenic acid, B6 and B12) can cause or contribute to neuritis.

Organ Health

Neuritis/Neuropathy could instead be:

Autoimmune

Sarcoidosis is very occasionally misdiagnosed as Neuritis/NeuropathySarcoidosis
It is often difficult to diagnose Sarcoidosis as signs may mimic diabetes, hypopituitarism, optic neuritis, meningitis, tumors, or other neurologic disorders.

Recommendations for Neuritis/Neuropathy:

Diet

Alkalizing Agents/Diet often helps with Neuritis/NeuropathyAlkalizing Agents/Diet
An alkaline diet can reverse the effects of an overly acidic diet which may be contributing to nerve irritation and inflammation.
Therapeutic Fasting often helps with Neuritis/NeuropathyTherapeutic Fasting
In severe cases, a short juice fast for four or five days with carrot, beet, citrus fruits, apple and pineapple may be used to hasten the recovery process prior to an alkalinizing diet.

Vitamins

Vitamin B-Complex often helps with Neuritis/NeuropathyVitamin B-Complex
All vitamins of the B group have proven beneficial in the prevention and treatment of neuritis.  The disorder has been helped when vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and pantothenic acid have been given together.

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