Peripheral neuropathy has several causes, including chemotherapy when neurotoxic chemotherapy drugs damage nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (the “peripheral” nerves). This nerve damage cannot be reversed however in some cases, symptoms reduce over time. Symptoms range from tingling and warm feelings in mild cases, to pain, weakness, inability to feel the ground, and numbness in more severe cases . Peripheral neuropathy can be quite debilitating.
Looking at all causes, there are approximately 30 million people in the United States with peripheral neuropathy. Since there is no cure, the goal of treatment is to reduce the pain so that you can increase quality of life. But, there is no good solution. Drugs like gabapentin sometimes help as do some topicals like Blue Emu and Camphor. Antiquated electrical stimulation technology has also been somewhat effective for limited, temporary relief.
Several research articles indicate that electrical stimulation is effective in reducing the pain of peripheral neuropathy because nerves communicate via electrical signals. Unfortunately, that technology hasn’t changed since it was invented, 25 years ago.
Eisana is developing a patent pending, state-of-the-art electrical stimulation device for hands and feet to lessen the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.