It was the second consultation of the day when I met Tom and his wife. For approximately 10 years plus, he has been defeated by Peripheral Neuropathy (PN), more specifically, Idiopathic PN as many are diagnosed when the medical community can't find a cause. After seeing his diagnostic imaging and the absence of diabetes and chemotherapy, two other well-known causes of PN, it was clear that Tom's PN was discogenic in nature. In the 16 years I have been practicing, I don't think I have ever seen a neuropathy patient that was truly idiopathic.
He described the constant burning and pain in his feet and back and weekly falls with shoulder and head injuries over the years. "I went to this specialist and that specialist, drugs and more drugs with never any improvement. Lyrica, Gapapentin, Neurontin etc" "I can't do the things I use to do and work has been impossible lately." Tom went on to explain that walking downstairs causes excruciating pain in his back and feet. The only way he gets down stairs is by positioning himself sideways and supporting his weight on the railings, one step at a time. The process is arduous and exhausting.
A few sessions into our two month program, Tom was walking down his stairs, straight with very little discomfort. His wife explained her experience of watching him move down the once time consuming task to one of ease. "He was prudent and apprehensive until halfway down when his confidence went through the roof. I was nervous he was going to fall as his hands left the handrail." This has been the case since he started our program. Tom's daily pain was at an 8, with spikes through the day up to a 9 or a 10 (on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the most severe pain) when he first came to see us. His daily discomfort is now down to a 2 or 3.
Tom has been in our program now for approximately 3 weeks now and his quality of life is better than it has been for over ten years. "I can't remember the last time I slept through the night without getting up with back, leg and foot pain."
Dunsky Rehabilitation and Spine Center treats Peripheral Neuropathy without drugs, without surgery and with non-invasive therapies and procedures that address the root cause and not just mask the symptoms.
-Dr Joshua Dunsky, DC