Stem cell treatment for peripheral neuropathy - any good?

Posted by nightgig @nightgig, Sep 25, 2018

I just attended a very convincing presentation of stem cell treatment for peripheral neuropathy. It showed that the symptoms can virtually disappear in a month or so. If its so good, why can't I find anything that the Mayo Clinic is doing? Also, the Mayo website says that 'some medications are possible causes of peripheral neuropathy, but doesn't say which ones! The presentation today said the culprit was statin drugs. I have been taking statins for 20 years or more. Should I stop?

@usernameca

I don't like to be the one to say this, but my understanding is that stem cell treatment has never cured any illness. I guess those in the know feel that the benefits of trying it are going to suddenly blossom in to success. But as of today, stem cell therapy is unproven, but that doesn't stop people from promising miracle cures in some countries. I read on Quora.com that someone asked the question, "Does stem cell therapy work?" One response was, "The short answer is no. We do not have a good enough protocol to safely inject stem cells and control their differentiation in vivo."

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This was dr Shane Shapiro at Mayo in Florida. They used stem cells in the knees. For knee injuries.

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@johnbishop

Hello @nightgig, welcome to Connect. There is a lot of evidence available on statins and other drugs that are linked to neuropathy. Here are some links to more information on drugs that cause neuropathy. I have small fiber peripheral neuropathy but only have the numbness and no pain. I did tell my doctor I would not take statins when she wanted me to take them to lower my cholesterol levels. I said I would work on lowering the numbers by changing my diet.

The implications of statin induced peripheral neuropathy
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103035/

Statin Neuropathy Masquerading as Diabetic Autoimmune Polyneuropathy
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/28/8/2082.1

Medication Induced Neuropathy
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11910-003-0043-8

I have not seen any evidence of the successful stem cell treatment for peripheral neuropathy. The last meeting of the Minnesota Neuropathy Association had a speaker William Hoffman of the U of M Medical School who gave an update on stem cell treatment and how far along it is relating to peripheral neuropathy. I attached the notes I took at the meeting along with some links I added with additional information on the speakers references.

There is also a consumer update from the FDA:

FDA Warns About Stem Cell Therapies
https://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm286155.htm

@nightgig can I ask what type of peripheral neuropathy you have and what you are doing for treatment now?

John

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I have the pain on the tops of my feet like electricity is shooting in my upper feet then shooting up my leg then sometimes very painful. I had gone to a seminar on Stem Cells. The name of the place is CoreMedical , Vitality Healthcare center for regerative medicine. They are located in Pittston. PA. Dr. Neil H. Riordan. PA, PhDis a scientist and developer of regenerative medicine therapeutics, with more than ,70 peer ,-reviewed publications and more than 40 patents and patent applications. I have an appointment on January 6th for a medical screening to determine if I am a candidate for Regenerative medicine. I am in need to find a way to make myself pain free.

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@fran18

I have the pain on the tops of my feet like electricity is shooting in my upper feet then shooting up my leg then sometimes very painful. I had gone to a seminar on Stem Cells. The name of the place is CoreMedical , Vitality Healthcare center for regerative medicine. They are located in Pittston. PA. Dr. Neil H. Riordan. PA, PhDis a scientist and developer of regenerative medicine therapeutics, with more than ,70 peer ,-reviewed publications and more than 40 patents and patent applications. I have an appointment on January 6th for a medical screening to determine if I am a candidate for Regenerative medicine. I am in need to find a way to make myself pain free.

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Hi @fran18, Welcome to Connect. Thank you for sharing. Please let us know if it works for you. I've never read about a successful treatment of using stem cell therapy to repair damaged nerves. Hope it works for you.

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I went to a stem cell presentation by CoreMedical, also. The presenter was not a doctor or scientist, and he did not provide any kind of good scientific explanations for how it works. The CoreMedical doctor is just a chiropractor. Everything I have read after the presentation is that there are many so-called stem cell clnics springing up to try to make money off of the name. The research says it may work, but it could also have many bad side effects like cancer. They just haven't done enough research yet. You can try if you want, but I would be very careful. I made an appointment with CoreMedical, but then cancelled after reading more about it. Good luck.

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