Which Hand Is Worse?

Researchers from Canada have found patients with clinically diagnosed carpal tunnel syndrome may not always have their diagnosis confirmed upon electro-diagnostic testing.

The results were based upon a review of tests on 252 patients, who were evaluated and then diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

The level of agreement between patient symptoms and the testing was only about 68% in determining which hand presented the more severe carpal tunnel syndrome.

This finding alerts the physician that a possible coexisting non-neurologic pathology could be present and a prompt regional musculoskeletal examination be performed.

Commonly the disorder is due to the simple fact that the carpal tunnel is smaller in some people than in others, causing it to get irritated and damaged more easily.

Some other contributing factors could include:

  • trauma or injury to the wrist that cause swelling, such as sprain or fracture
  • over active pituitary gland
  • hypothyroidism
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • mechanical problems in the wrist joint
  • work stress
  • repeated use of vibrating hand tools
  • fluid retention during pregnancy or menopause
  • a cyst or tumor in the canal
  • finally in some instances no cause can be found

The report highlights the necessity of a thorough investigation when a patient exhibits symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome to be certain that the proper treatment is provided.

For your convenience the paper itself can be accessed here from the Wiley Online Library.


Neglected Tropical Diseases

Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)  have been highlighted in the Gates Foundation annual letter.

An overlooked aspect of NTDs is their neurologic manifestations. A recent research report in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences brings these little-known effects to the forefront.

The neglected tropical diseases with neurological symptoms include:

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  1. Buruli ulcer
  2. Chagas disease
  3. Cysticercosis
  4. Dengue
  5. Dracunculiasis
  6. Echinococcosis
  7. Filariasis
  8. Soil-transmitted Helminthes
  9. Leishmaniasis
  10. Leprosy
  11. Onchocerciasis
  12. Rabies
  13. Schistosomiasis
  14. Trachoma
  15. Foodborne Trematodiasis
  16. Human African Trypanosomiasis

Although tropical diseases are most commonly associated with high fever, severe headaches, joint and muscle pain, rash, mild bleeding, ulcers, etc., they also may affect a person’s nervous system.

The lead author Farrah J. Mateen, from the Massachusetts General Hospital, writes,

The NTDs have been reported to affect every level of the neuraxis.
NTDs may cause nervous system involvement through a variety of pathogenic mechanisms.
For most NTDs, only limited data is available on treatment of neurologic manifestations.

The neurological complications from the neglected tropical diseases make the hardship on the victims even more severe, because the effects of nerve damage can be permanent, even after the initial cause of the disease is terminated.

As an aside, because these tropical diseases are rarely witnessed in the more affluent countries, they can contribute to the poverty of areas with minimal healthcare facilities by impacting child growth and intelligence along with reducing the work and productivity of adults.

Diabetes, vitamin deficiency, alcoholism, auto-immune diseases, medications, along with a myriad of other possible factors are leading causes of neuropathy in the United States, this research report illustrates many other alternative diseases can be responsible for neuropathies.

Magnesium For Nerveneuropathy

The One Essential Mineral For Nerve Growth

Researchers have found magnesium supplements have actually aided in regrowing damaged nerve cells.

They performed scientific tests where mice were split into three groups and fed low, normal or high-magnesium diets.

The mice given food with magnesium supplements displayed marked improvement in

  • neurobehavioral abilities
  • electrophysiological functions
  • enhanced signs of nerve regeneration
  • reduced deposits of inflammatory cells
  • less Schwann cell loss (the material that insulates nerve fibers)

Listen also to the story of Dr. Herbert Mansmann Jr. who was a diabetic with severe peripheral neuropathy.

He was able to reverse the neuropathy and nerve degeneration with a year of using oral magnesium preparations at very high doses.

“For example it took me 6 tabs of each of the following every 4 hours, Maginex, MgOxide, Mag-Tab SR and Magonate to get in positive Mg balance.

I tell people this not to scare them, but to illustrate how much I needed to saturate myself. Most will only need 10% of this amount (still about three grams).

I was doing an experiment on myself to see if it helped my diabetic neuropathy.

It worked so I did it for one year, and I have had significant nerve regeneration.”

massage with magnesium oilBesides taking magnesium supplements orally, a heavenly massage with magnesium oil can supply the body with the needed amount of the mineral by absorbing it through the skin.

Most people do not even know they are magnesium deficient until the shocking facts about how our foods are robbed of magnesium and much of what we eat can delete our bodies’ supply of this vital mineral.

Some of the causes are:

  • Lack of magnesium-rich foods, such as dark green  vegetables, peas, beans, nuts, seeds, halibut, scallops, oysters and tofu in our diets
  • Drinking, purified mineral-free water from bottles
  • Some diuretics lower magnesium levels
  • The antibiotic pentamidine removes magnesium via the urinary system
  • Alcohol in large quantities causes a scarcity of magnesium in the body
  • Even excessive amounts of  fluoride will deplete this mineral

It’s no wonder that the modern eating and medication lifestyle can lead the body into a magnesium-starved condition.

Finally a Japanese study on 1990 hinted that low calcium/magnesium intake with excess amounts of aluminum  and manganese are associated with the incidence of amyotrophic  lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Two Japanese reports of ALS showed significantly higher concentrations of  aluminum in the CNS and in 6 other cases of ALS patients compared with 5 neurologically normal people, it was found that aluminum concentrations in the  precentral gyrus, internal capsule, crus cerebri and spinal cord were significantly higher in the ALS patients compared to the controls.

Meanwhile magnesium concentrations in 26  central nervous system regions were markedly reduced in the ALS  cases and the calcium/magnesium ratios were significantly increased in  ALS patients.