A SIMPLE WAY TO DETERMINE
HOW SEVERE YOUR NEUROPATHY IS!
SMALL FIBER NEUROPATHY AFFECTS THE NERVE ENDINGS AT THE SKIN LEVEL, MOST GENERALLY STARTING IN THE FEET. WHEN THESE NERVE ENDING ARE DAMAGED, THEY CANNOT FUNCTION NORMALLY. YOU HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF NERVE ENDINGS IN YOUR CHEEK ON YOUR FACE AS YOU DO IN YOUR BIG TOE, YOU SHOULD FEEL EVERYTHING THE SAME. THIS SIMPLE TEST BELOW USING A METAL HANDLED KNIFE LIKE FROM A FLATWARE SET AND A HAIRDRYER WILL HELP TO DETERMINE IF YOU HAVE SMALL FIBER NEUROPATHY. IF YOU DO, I CAN HELP.
First take the knife and hold it by the blade end in your hand and touch the handle end to the side of your face just in front of the ear on both sides of your face, it should feel cool, hold for three seconds. Don't hold it to long as your skin will warm it up. If they feel the same you can use either side of your face for this simple test, if not use the side that felt the least cool. Now touch your face again with the handle end and quickly touch the top of your foot at the instep, does it feel the same or is it a lot less? Now touch on top of your toes? If it feels significantly less cool. Chances are you have small fiber neuropathy. You might want to set the knife a side for a while and try it again to make sure the knife did not warm up from your skin.
Now, take a hairdryer, set it on low heat and low fan, turn it on and blow the warm air on the side of your face just in front of your ear on the same side that you used for the knife for 3 seconds. Now blow it on the top of your foot at the instep and on the top of your toes again for 3 seconds. Do they feel the same or is there a significate difference in the intensity of the heat?
If there is a significant decrease in your ablility to feel these two sensations in your feet in comparison to your face the chances are you do have a small fiber neuropathy. Published research studies have shown that the treatment we provide can reverse this nerve damage and maintain the results.