Inflammation of a nerve, or neuritis, may be limited to one nerve, or affect several, when it is referred to as multiple neuritis. If it is a purely motor nerve there may be cramps to begin with and then weakness; actual paralysis is not common when a single nerve is damaged, but does occur, as in facial, or Bell’s paralysis. There may be also marked wasting of muscles concerned. If the nerve is purely sensory there maybe pain, sometimes referred to the nerve-endings, tenderness along the source of the nerve, tingling, numbness, and loss of the sense of touch and of temperature and pain.
When a mixed nerve is affected there is a combination of such effects, and there may be interference with the skin glands, causing dryness, glossiness of the skin, and other trophic changes. Neuritis in a single nerve may be due to injury, cold, inflammation in adjoining parts, or some constitutional disorder, such as influenza, syphilis, rheumatism or gout.
Poisoning a source of neuritis:
Multiple neuritis, which usually affects the limbs and occurs on both sides, is due to some kind of general poisoning. This may be lead, alcohol, arsenic, or, more rarely, a similar poison; or it may be the poison of some infectious disorder, such as diphtheria, influenza, malaria, typhoid fever, leprosy, and so on. In other instances the cause is a poison due to some disturbance of metabolism, as in diabetes, anemia, and beri-beri, which last is a disease caused by a vitamin defect.
These various poisons show a certain selective tendency. Thus diphtheria commonly affects the nerves of the soft palate, and lead involves motor fibers but spares sensory. Alcoholic neuritis is more common ia women and in those who drink alcohol regularly than in those who have bouts of alcohol-drinking: or are regular users of beer or wines. Foot drop is common and occasions a high-steppage gait to clear the toes from the ground. Painful cramps are also common. Mental symptoms may also appear, as explained under the heading Mental disease. Arsenical neuritis may follow a large dose of the drug, but is usually due to a prolonged ingestion of minute doses.
Recovery from neuritis may take from one or two months to many, and is sometimes incomplete. In some forms, such as diphtheria and beri-beri, there is a danger to life.
The treatment of neuritis must include that of the cause, but, apart from this, is much the same in any instance. Rest is very important, and unless in slight cases is best taken in bed. Hot fomentations assist resolution of the inflammation and relieve pain, though aspirin, phenacetin, or similar drug is, or sometimes opiates, may be required. When the acute stage has passed, massage should be begun.
In some cases special methods, such as diathermy, light-therapy, and electrical stimulation are of great service. See: Nerves.. Sciatica..
Application and treatment:
Standard treatment regimen via water pans is the recommended treatment. A thorough course of detox frequencies should be an integral part of every session, and total sessions of 45-60 minutes duration is suggested. Immediate relief can be expected, if conductivity and toxicity has been overcome.
Inflammation of the nerves is one of the disorders which respond so well to frequency therapy, that it is not uncommon for a single treatment to remove symptoms permanently. See: Sciatica..