Pamamanhid, tusok-tusok, and pangangalay. If you’ve experienced any of these, you’re not alone. 99% of Filipinos in Metro Manila also experience at least one of the three common symptoms of nerve damage or neuropathy.
These were the startling findings from a 2020 consumer study conducted by P&G Health among 240 Filipinos in Metro Manila aged 35 to 65 years old on the symptoms of neuropathy. The survey also revealed that seven out of ten respondents did not know what neuropathy was, and were more familiar with its common name, nerve damage.
Neuropathy is a clinical condition where there is damage to the nerves caused by deficiency of B vitamins. It is most common among those who perform repetitive movements for a prolonged period, and put stress on their arms, hands, legs, or feet. It is also frequent among those with diabetes and other degenerative diseases. Genetics and lifestyle could be predisposing factors.
Neuropathy among Filipinos
Majority of respondents started experiencing the symptoms of neuropathy between 36 to 40 years old. Around 94% felt pangangalay or muscle weakness, 90% had that tusok-tusok sensation or tingling, 94% had pamamanhid or numbness on their hands and feet, while 85% experienced all three.
Most of the respondents who had their fair share of the symptoms dismissed these, thinking that these were caused just by tiredness or being overworked.
To relieve their symptoms, most of them did stretching exercises, went for a massage, or took a pill, usually painkillers. Some of them even explored home remedies such as drinking herbal teas. However, 90% of the respondents said that none of what they tried stopped the recurrence of symptoms. There were also those who tried generic B-vitamins, but only 51% said it helped in resolving the discomforts they feel.
Without relief for their symptoms, the respondents had difficulty doing tasks at home, simple chores became much harder to do, and their performance at work were even affected.
This emphasizes the importance of early detection and diagnosis of neuropathy. Under normal conditions, nerves repair naturally through nerve regeneration (Hoke, 2011). However, this is only possible if less than 50% of the fibers of the nerve tissue is damaged. Otherwise, this is called “point of no return” by experts.
Dealing with Nerve Damage Symptoms
Thankfully, neuropathy or nerve damage symptoms can be handled by consulting medical experts and knowing which products work best in stopping the recurrence of the discomforts it brings. In the study conducted, respondents were also asked if they have tried Vitamins B1+B6+B12 (Neurobion), and 76% of those who have tried using it said that it was helpful in resolving the symptoms they experience.
Clinically proven Vitamins B1+B6+B12 (Neurobion) helps relieve nerve damage and regenerate the nerves. Through the years, Vitamins B1+B6+B12 (Neurobion) has been promoting nerve care awareness among Filipinos. Its goal is to help Filipinos protect their nerves and have the #NerveToServe so they can continue caring for themselves and for others.
Remember, nerve damage can be properly dealt with if you take action on an early onset. Give your nerves the care that they need so that you can do the things you need to do and achieve your goals.
Keep your nerves in check with Vitamins B1+B6+B12 ()! For updates, visit the brand’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NeurobionPhilippines/ and the official website at https://www.neurobion.com/en_PH/home.html.
If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
 This 2020 consumer study organized by P&G Health was conducted amongst Filipinos in Metro Manila aged 35 to 65 years old in order to determine the current knowledge of the target market regarding Neuropathy.
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