Hypoxia-What it Means-What are the consequences in Neuropathy

Hypoxia is a word used to describe loss of oxygen. This is a condition where in whole body or part of the body is deprived of an adequate amount of oxygen. It often occurs at what are called neuronal junctions (synapses),  an area in the human body where nerve cells communicate with each other.

The neuronal junction is where nerve impulses pass through. This is a form of electrochemical communication of nerve cells. Theoretically, if a patient is suffering from neuropathy because of hypoxia, the neuronal gap between cells widens and this widening is theoretically considered to be responsible for the common symptoms experience by the patients such as the burning sensation, tingling and shooting pain.

it appears that hypoxia may be a factor in neuropathy and chronic pain. The shrinking of the synaptic junctions due to the demineralization of the synaptic fluid that causes the gap between nerve cells to widen may be another factor. The widening of the gap between cells makes is hard for normal signals to propagate.

The causes of Hypoxia may be due to many situations that patients experience throughout their lives. you’ll learn that among the reasons behind the loss of oxygen could be due to trauma, chemotherapy, diabetes or mechanical such as compression on a peripheral nerve. This compression can happen in the median nerve found at the wrist (carpal tunnel), in the sciatic nerves such as that at the hip and lower back, (sciatica) as well as in the ulnar nerve at the elbow (cubital tunnel).

Anyone who suffers from these condition often times feels devastated. Because the pain greatly affects their quality of living, patients often try to use pain medication to reduce the pain and discomfort. Unfortunately, pain medications do not cure the condition. They mask it. Eventually, some drugs can lead to a more serious complications with side effects such as mental confusion or intestinal problems.

The good news is, advancements are beening made in the treatment of neuropathy.

Patients can now undergo better treatments, rather than just settling with reducing the pain and discomfort that they have.

There are combined methods of treatment that are now used to help patients.  Our clinicians find these approaches are holding the most promise.

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