Neuritis/Neuropathy http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C167021.html Conditions that suggest it | Contributing risk factors | It could instead be... | Treatment recommendations 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: 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. 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. Conditions that suggest Neuritis/Neuropathy: Symptoms - General Neuritis (confirmed) Risk factors for Neuritis/Neuropathy: Environment / Toxicity Heavy Metal Toxicity Arsenic and lead poisoning can cause neuritis. Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness) Infections Tuberculosis Metabolic Acidosis 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 Deficiencies of several B-vitamins (B1, B2, pantothenic acid, B6 and B12) can cause or contribute to neuritis. Organ Health Diabetes Type II Neuritis/Neuropathy could instead be: Autoimmune Sarcoidosis It is often difficult to diagnose Sarcoidosis as signs may mimic diabetes, hypopituitarism, optic neuritis, meningitis, tumors, or other neurologic disorders. Recommendations and treatments for Neuritis/Neuropathy: Diet Alkalizing 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 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 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. KEY Weak or unproven link Strong or generally accepted link Proven definite or direct link Likely to help GLOSSARY Alkaline A solution having a pH greater than seven. Chronic (Chronicity) Usually referring to chronic illness: Illness extending over a long period of time. Cobalamin (B12, B-12, Cobalamine, Vitamin B12) Essential for normal growth and functioning of all body cells, especially those of bone marrow (red blood cell formation), gastrointestinal tract and nervous system, it prevents pernicious anemia and plays a crucial part in the reproduction of every cell of the body i.e. synthesis of genetic material (DNA). Diabetes Mellitus (Diabetes, Diabetic, Diabetics) A disease with increased blood glucose levels due to lack or ineffectiveness of insulin. Diabetes is found in two forms; insulin-dependent diabetes (juvenile-onset) and non-insulin-dependent (adult-onset). Symptoms include increased thirst; increased urination; weight loss in spite of increased appetite; fatigue; nausea; vomiting; frequent infections including bladder, vaginal, and skin; blurred vision; impotence in men; bad breath; cessation of menses; diminished skin fullness. Other symptoms include bleeding gums; ear noise/buzzing; diarrhea; depression; confusion. Hemorrhage Profuse blood flow. Metabolism (Metabolic, Metabolize, Metabolizes, Metabolizing) The chemical processes of living cells in which energy is produced in order to replace and repair tissues and maintain a healthy body. Responsible for the production of energy, biosynthesis of important substances, and degradation of various compounds. Nervous System A system in the body that is comprised of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, ganglia and parts of the receptor organs that receive and interpret stimuli and transmit impulses to effector organs. Neuritis Nerve inflammation, commonly accompanying other conditions such as tendonitis, bursitis or arthritis. Neuritis is usually accompanied by neuralgia (nerve pain). Neuropathy A group of symptoms caused by abnormalities in motor or sensory nerves. Symptoms include tingling or numbness in hands or feet followed by gradual, progressive muscular weakness. Pantothenic Acid A B-complex vitamin necessary for the normal functioning of the adrenal gland, which directly affects growth. It is also essential for the formation of fatty acids. As a coenzyme, it participates in the utilization of riboflavin and in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Riboflavin (B2, B-2, Vitamin B2) A B-complex vitamin that acts as a coenzyme that activates the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It is essential for cellular oxidation and necessary for healthy skin and eyes. Shingles (Herpes Zoster) A severe infection caused by the Varicella-Zoster virus (VZV), affecting mainly adults. It causes painful skin blisters that follow the underlying route of brain or spinal nerves infected by the virus. Also know as herpes zoster. Syndrome A condition defined by a cluster of related symptoms or disorders. Thiamine (B1, B-1, Thiamin, Vitamin B1) A B-complex vitamin that acts as a coenzyme necessary for the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, which is burned in the body for energy. It is essential for the functioning of the nervous system. Vascular Relating to the blood vessels of the body. The blood vessels of the body, as a group, are referred to as the vascular system. They are composed of arteries, veins and capillaries - arteries that pass oxygen-rich blood to the tissues of the body; veins which return oxygen-depleted blood from the tissues to the lungs for oxygen; and the capillaries that are the tiniest vessels and are between the arteries and veins. Vitamin B6 (B6, B-6) Influences many body functions including regulating blood glucose levels, manufacturing hemoglobin and aiding the utilization of protein, carbohydrates and fats. It also aids in the function of the nervous system.