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At Advanced Medical of Nashville, we use our blog space to share insights about nerve pain, neuropathy, and other painful conditions. We also post regular blog articles to educate our patients and readers about our all-natural pain relief treatments for nerve damage, sciatica pain, joint pain, and chronic knee pain. Follow our blog to learn more about our doctors and our innovative, non-invasive pain treatments, as well as tips for improving your health and managing your pain at home. Give our neuropathy treatment center a call to schedule a consultation and get on the path to healing and living a pain-free life.

  • If you suffer from stabbing pain… fire ants crawling up your legs burning… or the unbearable numbness that comes with neuropathy and want a natural way to reverse it… then this will be the most important article you’ve ever read. You may be wondering… How can we do this when your doctor has told you there is no way to reverse neuropathy? That you’d have to suffer and manage the pain with dangerous drugs like Gabapentin or Lyrica. Here’s the story: Over the years, we’ve become one of the nation’s most effective neuropathy clinics. We have treated thousands of neuropathy patients…

  • I want to share a story with you about a patient I recently met. She had a knee replacement. She’s a younger patient, in her 50’s and it was the first thing she’d ever had wrong with her. She never took any medications, never had any issues… until she had that knee replaced.  And in her own words… “It’s the worst decision I’ve ever made.” Why? Well, two years post surgery and she’s not been able to walk. Shes developed severe nerve damage in the entire leg. She says it feels like her leg is on fire the entire day. Her foot is completely numb and…

  • Why are stem cells better than steroids? Let’s break it down. The reality is, the two of them are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Cortisone shots may help with pain for a couple days or weeks, but the short term relief is not worth all the negative side effects. What are some of those side effects? Research shows that cortisone breaks the joint down more. We’re seeing patients who get these shots have far more issues in the future than they did from the initial injury. Not only that, but these steroid shots can cause: · Increased appetite…

  • Not all steroids make you stronger. Some commonly prescribed forms of this powerful class of drug might actually make you weaker, especially when it comes to your bones. With strong anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressant properties, corticosteroids (the legal kind of “steroids,”) have been prescribed since the 1950s to treat more than a dozen acute and chronic conditions as both prescription and over-the counter drugs. When it comes to serious and potentially debilitating side effects, the method and duration of corticosteroid delivery matters. Some examples of commonly prescribed systemic corticosteroids: Systemic corticosteroids:  Prednisone Prednisolone Hydrocortisone Dexamethasone Because they are absorbed throughout the…

  • What is the number #1 cause of peripheral neuropathy? Diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are at risk of developing the debilitating condition. Approximately 60% of people who have diabetes will develop some form of peripheral neuropathy. So, if you have diabetes, you have a strong chance of developing peripheral neuropathy. Why is that the case? Diabetic neuropathy has several factors that contribute to the disorder. For instance, diabetics suffer from high levels of blood glucose that they have to fight to control. These high glucose levels cause chemical changes in their nerves, which impairs the nerve’s ability to transmit…

  • April 16, 2019

    What Is Arthritis?

    Arthritis is very common. 1 in 3 people over the age of 30 and 1 in 2 over the age of 50, suffer from this debilitating disease. Essentially, it’s a progressively worsening joint pain that leads to decreased range of motion. For anyone with arthritis, this often means a reduced ability to exercise and perform daily activities. This results in making us feel a lot older than we really are. What are the different types of arthritis? While there are many kinds of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common form. Osteoarthritis is when wear and tear lead to declining mobility…

  • Even when properly used, corticosteroids start one problem that leads to more problems. That’s what happened to journalist and nonfiction author, Caitlin Kelly. Here’s the story: When nothing else worked for severe osteoarthritis pain in her left hip, her orthopedic surgeon prescribed a course of corticosteroids. Since anything longer than a course of 90 days would put her at a high risk for GIOP (Glucocorticoid-Induced Osteoporosis,) they decided to do a short round of injections. But, shortly after treatment began, Kelly says she experienced different, excruciating pain. “It was agony to take even a few steps.” Kelly was told of…

  • What are the symptoms of peripheral nerve damage? Because there are nearly 100 forms of Neuropathy, or progressive nerve damage, symptoms are related to the type of nerves affected. Motor nerve damage is most commonly associated with muscle weakness. Other symptoms include painful cramps, fasciculations (uncontrolled muscle twitching visible under the skin) and muscle shrinking. Sensory nerve damage causes various symptoms because sensory nerves have a broad range of functions. Damage to large sensory fibers harms the ability to feel vibrations and touch, especially in the hands and feet. You may feel as if you are wearing gloves and stockings…

  • If you are one of the 20 Million (+) Americans who suffer with Neuropathy, you are likely very familiar with its negative impact on your sleep. Neuropathy is a progressive nerve disease that usually affects the hands and feet, and eventually works its way into your core and your digestive system. If left untreated, Neuropathy will continue to progress into other areas of the body. Because most people experience symptoms in their hands or feet, those warning signs are what keep them up at night. These symptoms can include: Burning Tingling Sensitivity Itching Sharp Pain Electric Pain “Fuzzy” Dull Pain…

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