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.
Some form of neuropathy affects 1 person in 400.
The causes of nerve pathology include:
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.
Homeopathic. Specific remedies to be given 4 times daily for up to 2 weeks while constitutional help is being sought:
Loss of muscle tone is a common neuritis symptom: The affected nerve keeps the muscles from staying toned.
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.
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.
For some individuals burning may become so bad that they feel like the area is on fire, exacerbated by certain movements and activities.
When the vestibular nerve (connecting the inner ear to the brain) is affected, dizziness or vertigo can result.
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.
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.
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