Happy Feet, Again

Therapy alleviates painful symptoms of neuropathy without medication.

Mike Merino is an Army veteran who spent many years in the restaurant business, owning and operating eateries throughout the Tampa Bay area. Toward the end of his career, Mike shifted his focus and became a journalist, writing primarily for the Tampa Bay Times.

Mike Merino

Mike Merino

“One day, I was having a debate with a friend, and he said, You never get off the fence. Make a decision; be on one side or the other,” Mike remembers. “That prompted me to start making decisions about all kinds of issues: politics, lifestyles, all forms of human interaction.

“I started writing letters to the editor, and for whatever reason, the newspaper was publishing them. Before I was done, more than 200 of my letters to the editor were published, and I won Letter of the Day, Letter of the Year, all sorts of accolades.

“Eventually, I came up with a story and submitted it to the paper. The editor liked it so much, he said, If you keep coming up with stories, we’ll keep printing them and paying you for them. Over about a two-year period, I wrote more than 30 stories for the Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Tribune.”

Before he retired completely, Mike also worked at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa for 10 years. Toward the end of his tenure, Mike developed a painful condition in his feet.

“My feet felt very cold, and they were numb and tingly,” discloses Mike, now 69. “It was painful to be on my feet for long periods. I couldn’t walk around the block without pain. I could stand, but my balance was seriously impaired. At one point, my discomfort rated an eight or 10 on a scale of one to 10. My neurologist at the veterans’ hospital diagnosed the problem as peripheral neuropathy.”

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects more than 20 million Americans. It is the result of damage done to the nerves that run from the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to the rest of the body. 

Common causes of peripheral neuropathy include diabetes, certain autoimmune diseases and inflammatory infections. Mike’s neurologist could not determine the cause of his neuropathy.

“Once I retired, my neuropathy really accelerated and became severe,” Mike reveals. “I tried LYRICA® and other similar medications in an attempt to ease the pain and numbness. But, in reality, there’s no cure for neuropathy at this time. 

“My condition became so bad that the neurologist ran out of things to do for me. He tried every treatment, every concept, every prototype in his arsenal with no results. At that point, I took it upon myself to search for an alternative for dealing with my peripheral neuropathy.”

Mike began researching new therapies for neuropathy and discovered a leading-edge technology called Sanexas electrotherapy. It’s a noninvasive form of electric cell signaling therapy, or ECST, which uses pulsed energy waves to treat painful areas of the body.

“Initially, I found the Sanexas equipment, the actual machine, then I read all the research that’s been done on Sanexas electrotherapy,” Mike recounts. “I reached out to the main company (RST Sanexas) in Nevada, which directed me to Dr. Lupo. They told me he has the Sanexas equipment in his office.”

Robert C. Lupo, DC, is a chiropractic physician who offers primary, chiropractic and holistic care at his Tampa-based practice, Physical Medicine Center. Dr. Lupo provides Sanexas electrotherapy for neuropathy as part of his specialty services. 

Harmonic Vibrations 

“Mike came to us complaining of coldness, tingling, numbness and pain in his feet,” Dr. Lupo recalls. “Those symptoms are consistent with neuropathy, and I ran some tests to confirm the diagnosis. Those tests revealed that Mike was a good candidate for our Sanexas electrotherapy protocol.”

Traditional treatments for neuropathy include medications such as gabapentin, LYRICA and antidepressants, but Dr. Lupo says those treatments only mask symptoms. They don’t treat the underlying problem.

Mike Merino

Mike Merino

“With Sanexas electrotherapy, we can repair the damage done to the nerves by whatever causes the neuropathy,” Dr. Lupo asserts. “And we do it without medications. That’s especially important given the concern we all have with the overuse of pain medications.”

In addition to treating chronic pain and discomfort, Sanexas electrotherapy can also relieve symptoms associated with conditions such as fibromyalgia because it decreases inflammation, increases blood circulation and heals the body’s damaged nerve pathways.

It does this through a form of natural electric nerve stimulation that goes beyond transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) by using electronic signal energy waves produced by a digital UHF generator.

“The energy waves stimulate the body at the cellular level by delivering energy to the affected areas of the body in varying wavelengths that include low-frequency and middle-frequency signals,” Dr. Lupo divulges.

“That’s what allows this system to affect the nerve cell membranes as well as the surrounding tissue and produce a harmonic resonant vibration that promotes repair and healing. And it does this without causing any discomfort for the patient.

“Most importantly, it allows patients to decrease their reliance on pain medications and greatly increases their mobility. That in turn allows some to begin exercising again, which leads to a much better overall quality of life.”

Sanexas electrotherapy is painless, and benefits include the normalizing of pH levels, which helps with food digestion and the destruction of germs in the gut. It also stimulates the production of serotonin.

“Serotonin is a chemical in our bodies that is sometimes called the happy chemical,” Dr. Lupo observes. “It contributes to happiness and well-being and eases most kinds of pain, so the increase in serotonin is just another positive result of this treatment.”

Many patients also report sleeping better and having less anxiety after beginning Sanexas electrotherapy treatments. Studies show that more than 80 percent of patients gain enough relief to resume normal activities.

“Positive Results”

Because Mike’s neuropathy was so severe, Dr. Lupo planned a course of Sanexas electrotherapy that included treatments twice a week for at least one year. Mike has received six months of treatment so far and experienced a noticeable change in his symptoms.

“I’ve already received positive results from the treatment,” Mike confirms. “My feet used to be ice cold. I’d have to wear double socks at night just to keep them from freezing. That has subsided greatly. 

“The tingling and numbness in my feet have also decreased significantly. As a result, my walking and standing have improved. I can now walk around the block if I want to, but at 69 I’ve got to keep my activity level at a low roar. And instead of an eight or 10, my discomfort has been reduced to a four.

Mike says he has faith in the leading-edge technology. 

“I believe Sanexas electrotherapy will ultimately give me the best results of any device or treatment for neuropathy that’s in the marketplace today,” he shares.

The retired restaurateur and journalist also has faith in the physician who treated his peripheral neuropathy. 

“Dr. Lupo is incredibly knowledgeable and always explains what he’s doing to me,” Mike enthuses. “I always describe to him how I reacted over the weekend following a treatment, and he works very closely with me on a one-on-one basis to try to understand my condition.

“Not everybody has severe peripheral neuropathy or the intense issues that I had. The best time to treat neuropathy is at the beginning, at the onset of symptoms. I urge people to go to Dr. Lupo and sign up for Sanexas electrotherapy as quickly as possible once they begin to feel symptoms. 

“For people who have any type of neuropathy pain, numbness or tingling in their feet, I highly recommend Sanexas electrotherapy. And I absolutely recommend Dr. Lupo.” 

Lucrative Profession 

Eight years ago, Jeff Barnhart retired from his position as a tugboat captain. Throughout his career, Jeff was based in Tampa. He traveled with the boat for three weeks at a time and was then off-duty for three weeks, an arrangement that lasted nearly 35 years.

Jeff enjoyed the free time his job afforded him. He liked the salary as well.

“The best thing about being a tugboat captain is the money,” admits Jeff, 75. “It’s a lucrative profession. I got the job through my brother, who was in the Merchant Marine. I started out as a deckhand and worked my way up.

“My boat was an ATB, an articulated tug and barge. It was about 600 feet long and attached itself to the big barges. I mostly picked up oil barges and took them to different locations. We went everywhere, from Canada to Costa Rica. Before I retired, I had a run from New York to Texas.”

Since retiring in 2013, Jeff has worked a few hours a day doing general maintenance for the housing community where he lives. For fun, he often plays golf and pickleball, but those activities became difficult a few years ago after Jeff developed uncomfortable issues with his feet. 

“There was awful tingling, burning, pain and tightness in my feet,” Jeff elaborates. “Those symptoms advanced over a period of two to three years and made it hard for me to walk, so I had to give up golf. My pain hovered around a five or six on a scale of one to 10.”

Seeking an explanation for his discomfort, Jeff visited a neurologist who told him his problem was peripheral neuropathy. But Jeff suffered with none of the common causes of the condition.

“The neurologist told me that in 30 percent of cases doctors have no idea what causes the neuropathy,” Jeff reveals.

Eager to rid himself of the pain and tingling, Jeff underwent LED therapy, a treatment that purports to improve neuropathy symptoms through increased blood flow to the affected limbs by exposing them to infrared or red light.

“The LED lights didn’t really do anything for me,” Jeff reports. “Then I saw an article in Florida Health Care News about Dr. Lupo’s treatment, so I called, made an appointment and began Sanexas therapy soon after.” 

Back on Course 

Jeff has been receiving Sanexas electrotherapy treatments twice a week for the past six months. He says he feels no pain during the treatments, only “a little tingling,” and noticed a difference in his symptoms not long after beginning the therapy.

“After three months, there was less pain, burning and tingling in my feet,” Jeff enthuses. “And two months ago, I started golfing again. Instead of a five or six, my pain level now is maybe a two or three. Our goal is to decrease it even further. 

“Right now, I’m about 75 percent recovered. But I’m still in treatment, so I expect to recover even more. I’m very satisfied with my treatment so far. I highly recommend Sanexas electrotherapy. And I recommend Dr. Lupo and Physical Medicine Center as well.”

© FHCN article by Patti DiPanfilo. Mike Merino photo by Jordan Pysz. mkb
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