Ted is a patient who has suffered from peripheral neuropathy in his right calf and foot since 1987. Ted today is 77 years old and in good health but for the lack of sensation, and some pain, from the peripheral neuropathy bipap machine. Let me tell you a little about Ted and his methods. Ted was also an avid bowler, competing in the Nationals, and in 2004 he quit because he was losing his ability to move his feet and control his balance. He competed at the national level so the progression of the peripheral neuropathy was something that limited his competitive abilities and he lost that competitive edge to win at that level of competition.
Ted was a pharmaceutical sales rep. over 35 years ago and always had a keen interest in the way our body works chemically. His pharma training helped him understand the intricacies of chemical actions in healing and disease. But Ted is a true “doubting Thomas”. Over the years Ted has always shown an interest in helping himself by understanding what is going on with his body, and not accepting anyone’s advice without seriously questioning the logic, positive and negative outcomes, if he chooses to abide by the recommended treatment of his physicians. The plural is used as Ted does not go see one doctor, but several, when he has an issue. He listens to general practitioners, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, Chiropractors, physical therapists, etc. and then compiles his own understanding of the health issues and forms his own opinion for his personal treatments.
Ted was originally diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy in 1987 by a neurologist after an extensive nerve conduction study. In 1986 Ted had visited Duke Medical Center as he had noticed a small tremor that was not visible to others, but he knew of it. Ted was a certified marksman in the U.S. Army and National Guard so he continued his marksmanship contests. It was the need to stay totally still and slowly squeeze the trigger that alerted Ted something was not right.
Ted came to us because he was losing sensation in his right calf and foot. This was causing an issue because Ted is a sole surviving spouse. He lost his wife to cancer about 20 years ago and is self dependent. Ted is very independent and drives his car whenever he has to and it was becoming dangerous for Ted and other drivers because, due to the lost sensations in his foot, he was no longer able to discern by feel if his foot was on the brake or gas pedal. Ted overcame this by simply looking down at his foot to see which pedal it was on. Ted was very concerned, that after 25 years, the neuropathy was going to limit his ability to drive and take care of himself.