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I recently visited with one of my neuropathy patients that asked me why his pain medications did not “cure” his neuropathy. The answer is rather simple. Pain medications do not treat the cause of the neuropathy. They only treat the symptoms. I have said before that the CAUSE of neuropathy is generally a lack of blood flow and nutrients to the nerve. The most common meds used in neuropathy do nothing for the blood flow to the nerve.

Most neuropathy medications mimic a neurotransmitter called GABA that is a calming or relaxing chemical in your brain. It calms nerves down by blocking these special calcium channels.  It calms the nerves in your brain so you don’t feel your nerve pain. It does nothing for the blood flow of the nerve.

The most common types of drugs for neuropathy are a “GABAergic anticonvulsant and depressant of the central nervous system” (thank you Wikipedia). They mimic that same GABA that we talked about earlier. This time, they work as an overall calmer of the brain. Again, we are dumbing down the brain so you can’t feel the pain. It does nothing for the root cause of neuropathy! The side effects of these anticonvulsants include: weight gain, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, edema, movement disorders, sexual dysfunction, suicide and cancer.

Last but not least are the opioid drugs. They come with names like: morphine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and fentanyl. These drugs are called narcotics, which is derived from the words numbness and sleep. They work by firing your brain’s dopamine receptors to make you feel good, to the point that you don’t care that your feet and hands are on fire. The problem here is clear. They are addictive and destructive. Wars are fought over these drugs. They are bad. President Trump recently called the Opioid crisis a “Health Emergency”.

The bottom line is that medications only deal with the symptoms of neuropathy. They never get to the root cause of the issue.  Cures are only found when the root causes of the problem are addressed. This is one of the reasons why I am fully on board with NerveReverse. It addresses the root cause of the neuropathy problem. With Vitamin D, key B vitamins and Alpha-Lipoic Acid, you truly get ingredients that address the immune components, blood flow, and vitamin deficiencies that are causing your neuropathy.

Yours in health,

Dr. W