Why is nerve health so important? This intricate network system in our body is, more often than not, taken for granted.
Truth be told, we almost always do the “caring” when we start sensing (pun intended) that something’s off. This was especially true for me. I was around five years into my virtual assistant career when I started experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Before I get ahead of myself, let us first look into what Peripheral Neuropathy is.
Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder affecting nerves, impairing them in their function of transmitting information and potentially affecting millions of people worldwide.
Dr. Rizaldy Pinzon is a half-Filipino neurologist from Bethesda Hospital in Indonesia. His current research is on the field of Diabetic Neuropathy. His most recent article published this year on the Asian Journal of Medical Science is entitled, “Management of Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms with a fixed dose combination of High Dose B1, B6, and B12: A 12-week prospective non-interventional study in Indonesia.”
Nenoin clinical study-a giant leap for taking care of peripheral neuropathy sufferers treated with a combination of three neurotropic B vitamins.
Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
- Increased or decreased sensitivity to vibration/touch
- Muscle weakness
- Burning pain
- Electric-like pain
Who Are at Risk?
- Chronic diseases like Diabetes
- Genetics – those with family members who suffer from neuropathy
- Environmental toxins, e.g. Smoking
- Nutritional deficiencies, e.g. Vitamin B deficiency
- Side effects of some medications
- Other unexplained causes
Dr. Pinzon mentioned during his talk that those who spend prolonged hours on the computer also are at risk, naming Carpal Tunnel Syndrom (CTS), being one of the manifestations of Peripheral Neuropathy. In the last 11 years that I’ve been doing various virtual assistant tasks, I’ve experienced hints of CTS, but thankfully, it did not progress to a full-blown one. But there was a season when I used to experience numbness around my upper extremities that wake me up in the middle of the night. It was something I never want to go back to ever again. Losing sleep also meant, feeling sluggish throughout the entire day. So when Dr. Pinzon talked about quality of life, I sure get what he meant.
Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy may either be acquired or hereditary. Dr Pinzon enumerated some acquired causes: Vascuilities, Infection, Trauma, Autoimmune, Metabolic, Infiltrative, Neoplasm, and Demyelinating.
Early detection and treatment are crucial as well as effective treatment options, which relieve patients from their symptoms without having to suffer from significant side effects.
Dr. Pinzon further explained that Neuropathy and neuropathic pain is fairly common and its early diagnosis and treatment is crucial to experience quality of life and arrest the progression of the disease.
The Study Method
The method that Dr. Pinzon used was a prospective, open-label, non-interventional single arm 90-day study of 411 patients in 8 centers in Indonesia. The treatment was a fixed dose combination of Vitamin B1 (100mg), B6 (100mg) and B12 (5000μg), taken once a day after meal.
I had my nerve checked during the Nenoin Study Press Conference at the Merck Nerve Care Forum, and I am plenty thrilled to have scored a low 2.2! Normal levels is from 0-15.
My Vitamin B Complex supplementation over the years have since benefited my overall health. I no longer experience the tingling sensation nor numbness I used to when I was still Vitamin B deficient.
Neurobion, the nerve care expert from Merck Consumer Health was first launched in the Philippines in July 1972 and is now the world’s no. 1 in neurotropic B vitamins combination products.
Neurotropic B vitamins are vitamins exerting their benefits on the health of the nervous system. They have an important role in nourishing enriching and helping to regenerate nerves in those who suffer compromised nerve health or peripheral neuropathy.
Thanks to those who spearheaded this landmark study, offering relief to Peripheral Neuropathy sufferers.