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Vitamin Injections & Why They Help With Neuropathy

There are several ways to increase the efficacy of electroanalgesia as it is used for neuropathic ailments. One of the easiest ways is with the addition of high-quality nutrients. These nutrients consist of vitamin injections into the affected areas, just under the skin, prior to the use of the electroanalgesic device. Adding the vitamin injections to the electrical cell signaling treatments can increase the overall effectiveness of the treatments, increase recovery, result in faster healing, and alleviate pain.

What then is in the vitamin mix that can give these excellent results? The mix varies from clinic to clinic but not by that much. My clinic uses vitamin B12 (hydroxocobalamin & cyanocobalamin), a vitamin B-complex, alpha-lipoic acid, vitamin C, L-carnitine, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), lidocaine, and sodium bicarbonate. These components are mixed together in sterile water. Once mixed, they are injected just under the skin. Let’s talk about what these individual vitamins do.

Sodium bicarbonate is used as a buffer. The pH of the material can be on the acidic side, by adding sodium bicarbonate, we can alter the pH to more neutral or just slightly basic, thus causing no harm to the tissues. Lidocaine is a local anesthetic that can numb nerves and block their ability to send signals to the brain. These signals include pain, tingling, and burning. This neve blockade then allows the nerve cells to better uptake the signals from the electroanalgesia device, making treatment more effective. Vitamin B12 is necessary to protect the myelin sheath of nerves from damage. This vitamin is often not ingested through the diet leading to a deficiency and thus damage to the nerve myelin and degeneration of the spinal cord. Peripheral neuropathy can be caused by vitamin B12 deficiency alone. Vitamin B6 functions in facilitating neurotransmitter and myelin synthesis. It also helps with controlling the stimulatory effects of glutamate. 

Vitamin B-complex is needed because several B vitamins require other B vitamins for increased absorption. Vitamin C is also often needed for vitamin B absorption but also has other nerve-related functions. Vitamin C also supports the structure of nerves and helps with neurotransmitter modulation. L-carnitine improves pain and helps regenerate nerves in patients with neuropathy. Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant (can help prevent cancer) and helps decrease sensations like pain, tingling, and prickling, all common in neuropathy. Finally, vitamin B1 (thiamine) gives the nerve energy so that they can function. A lack of vitamin B1 can lead to nerve pain.  I know that we discussed a lot of dense material in this section. Needless to say, the injections given with the electroanalgesia devices can be significantly beneficial for healing and regeneration. In an upcoming post, we will discuss what dietary changes can be made to ensure that you are getting the required nutrients from your diet, including supplements. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at referrals@orionpain.com. 

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