Neuropathy and Me Time

Me Time

Distraction seems to be the ruling force behind your day. Cell phones, computer, instant email, chats and text messaging. Now add to the mix a packed calendar with events others have seemingly filled for you.

Then there are kids, pets, and parents. Maybe a very needy family member. Doctor’s visits. Errands. The Car.

Actually, your list may be a whole lot bigger.

Before you know it, months and years start screaming by. This year is just about at the half way mark. Has everything you looked forward to on New Years Eve happened, or are they at least in progress?

What do YOU think about First Thing In The Morning?

Well, like most people this chronic sense of time crunch sets the stage for less health, not more. This behavior can make dealing with neuropathy or any illness much harder than it needs to be.

One of the first things we do in successful neuropathy treatments is ask patients to commit to better self-care. Why? Because we know from experience in hundreds of cases when neuropathy patients invest more time in them, the end result is less pain, more energy, and deeper personal resources to pull from.

But how can we do this? Where do we begin?

It all starts with quiet time, first thing every day. This means no computers, tablets or phones. Meditation, prayer or simply sitting quietly with a note pad. And if you really want to have the best chance of beating your health problems including the pain of neuropathy, you’ll do exactly the same thing at night.

You see, surveys tell us that as a world, we are no longer disconnecting. We simply will tend to let other peoples demands pull on us without a break. Worse yet, people now let their phones and “friends” rather than their inner voices or spirit guide them.

Don’t let this be you. Shut off the TV, phone and computers at least an hour before bed. Spend the first part of your day on the “Me” list.

So, what are YOU going to do to make this a healthier day?

Take 2 minutes with Mal Duane and I in this recent clip from “Beating Neuropathy and Chronic Pain”

The Second Step in Neuropathy Treatment Success

The Second Step

During our last time together, we talked about the very first step in dealing with neuropathy and really any major life challenge. Pain is something nobody welcomes into his or her life.

You heard Mal Duane and I talk about a different approach to neuropathy treatment patients than you may have expected.

And I bet you don’t hear it from your friends who do not suffer neuropathy, and maybe even your own doctors.

Simply, we spoke about regaining a sense of control. Taking some really very basic steps. You see, so much of modern health care is still about what can doctors do for us, when instead we should be asking ourselves daily “Am I doing my part and what else should I be doing?”

Or not doing.

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So if regaining control is the first step, “action” is the second step. A game plan in any of life’s accomplishments, backed up by great coaches and cheerleaders is so important to us, whether we admit it or not.

Action is what allows us to actually maintain the control we start out with! And it could be the simplest step!  For example, today, it’s no more soda. Next week is cutting the poor foods out of our diet. Even if these steps have to be taken to be one by one.

Think about that. Don’t you feel better with each good thing you do just for you, just because it’s the right thing to do?

But we can’t have one without the other. Intention without action is wasted life energy. To do so is inviting failure.

And I know that’s not what you want from your neuropathy treatments.

PS I really do thank you for your kind comments following our last articles and videos.  It really is great to see you engaged here and over on Facebook too! It’s also so good to see so many of you putting into place what we talk about every week when it comes to your self-care!

Dr John (:

The Very First Step In Neuropathy Treatment

Ever Feel Out Of Control With Your Neuropathy? You are NOT alone!

So often in the clinic we get to meet and care for people who are or have been seriously ill for quite some time. Sometimes they are in the middle of dealing with an illness, sometimes recovering and getting their lives “back on track”.

Neuropathy patients frequently ask me “What’s the fastest way to get better Dr Hayes?”

And what I have found is this. Simply establish a state or feeling of Control. On a regular basis. Now this can be moment to moment in crisis. But I can tell you that those neuropathy patients that make this part of their daily routines get better faster, sleep better, worry much less and generally regain that crucial sense of being in control.

Now of course much of what we face in illness is seemingly random. But recovering, just like dealing with problems in any area of life is about taking control of what you can, and releasing or letting go what we cannot.

But how do we do that? It can seem to be overwhelming!
What I have found to be very helpful for my patients and also myself of course is meditation.

Recently, I had the opportunity to interview the bestselling author of “The Alpha Chick” Mal Duane. Mal and I talked for some time about regaining a sense of control as it applies to dealing with chronic pain.

You can listen and watch a brief clip of that wonderful interview here too.

You see, too often in our crazy world we forget that our answers come from solitude, from doing less, not more! Now this can be relaxation, exercise, and hobbies too.

But meditation can put you in contact with your deep inner reserves that can help you beat neuropathy and vastly improve the condition of your health.

Some of our next articles will focus on meditation and your pain and neuropathy treatment success.

Let us know if you find this discussion helpful, as you are the reason we do what we do!

Neuropathy Treatments That Really Work!

Neuropathy Treatments That Really Work

Peripheral Neuropathy is the word your health care professionals use for the often condition that affects those parts of the body outside the brain and spinal cord.

Along with other forms of long standing pain, neuropathy is a major source of aggravation and loss of work. Billions of dollars a year are spent dealing with the devastation it can bring.

Twenty million plus people suffer from this condition, with several thousand new patients every year. And if we count the people who suffer from daily pain, that number well exceeds one hundred million.

There are many causes. The most serious are those inherited diseases. The most common problems though also bring along the complications of their causes like diabetes or cancer.

And here lies the secret answer to better helping our neuropathy patients! The best treatments target the problems that the underlying disease has caused!

I know you understand how miserable life with neuropathy can be because you are reading this article. Maybe it’s for yourself, maybe it’s for someone you love very much.

You have seen just how miserable it can be! For some, its loss of sleep and being able to do the things they love. For others, the prospect of facing yet another day or sleepless night of pain, tingling numbness and burning is terrifying.

You just don’t know what to do!

Recently, even major medication trials have been stopped because of poor neuropathy treatment results.

That is just why we are going to spend time in this next series of articles talking in detail about some real solutions to this huge problem.

But most importantly, real simple things you can do to help take charge of your health.

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Soft tissue work in Chemotherapy Neuropathy and Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

 

Dr Brian Petrie recently shared the studio with me and discussed the addition of a muscle work technique called Graston in the neuropathy treatment clinics. As we have written about earlier, soft tissue work in chemotherapy neuropathy and diabetic peripheral neuropathy can enhance results when properly applied by a NeuropathyDR Clinician.

Watch as Dr Petrie describes this in detail…

Chemotherapy Neuropathy “Cure?”

Cancer is one of the most persistent scourges of modern medicine.  Not only are the various types of cancer extremely dangerous, but the methods to combat them, including chemotherapy, can be aggressive to the point of heavily impacting a person’s health and quality of life. Hundreds of thousands of cancer patients in North America alone receive chemotherapy every year, and many of them experience damage to the peripheral nervous system—chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy, or CIPN.

Like most neuropathy, chemotherapy-caused neuropathy shows up in the form of pain, numbness, tingling, and loss of temperature sensation, most commonly in the extremities.  Other symptoms, while less ubiquitous, are still common: loss of bladder control, constipation, loss of body awareness, and difficulty walking or standing.  Sometimes the condition is chronic, and will be a factor in the rest of a sufferer’s life.  In many cases, however, the pain and discomfort from chemotherapy-caused neuropathy can be effectively managed, allowing a cancer survivor to lead a normal, active life.

So what can you do to help protect yourself from chemotherapy-caused neuropathy?  First, report any unusual sensations, pain, or numbness to your doctor or a qualified NeuropathyDR® clinician.  Like any neuropathy, the sooner we identify a problem, the better we will be able to control your symptoms.  Let your chemotherapy provider know you might be experiencing a complication; in some cases, they may decide to postpone treatments to help your nerves recover.

Second, take steps to protect your peripheral nervous system, which is already under strain from the chemotherapy.  Wear gloves when performing manual labor.  Make sure your clothing and shoes do not rub against your skin and cause abrasions (loose clothing can aggravate neuropathy symptoms).  Work with a NeuropathyDR® clinician to develop a diet and exercise regimen that will contribute to overall nerve stimulation and health.  Perhaps most importantly, make sure to abide by your cancer doctor’s orders—managing the underlying condition is the most important factor in treating any kind of neuropathy.

Our patient, Joanne, knows firsthand how hard chemotherapy can be on the nervous system.  Joanne is a cancer survivor who, when she came to us, had been recovering from the effects of her chemotherapy for five years.  Along with most of the common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, Joanne complained of severe pain in her lumbar back, extreme stiffness in her neck and shoulders, and weakness in her legs.  Joanne’s pain, especially in her feet, was intense to the point of affecting her daily lifestyle.  She was taking medication for pain, but the medicine was marginally effective at best.

Our treatment plan for Joanne involved a combination of manual therapies to her spine, as well as  2 forms of electro-stimulation to her feet and hands.  We treated Joanne three times a week for five weeks; in only four weeks, Joanne was commenting that her symptoms had subsided dramatically. Immediately following each treatment, Joanne noticed a reduction in her pain level.  The pain and numbness in her feet subsided a whopping 65-70%!

In a thank-you note Joanne wrote us a long time after the completion of  the clinic portion of  her NeuropathyDR® treatment plan, Joanne told us she had been able to stop taking her pain medications and was feeling fine, almost entirely pain-free.  Her strength had begun to return, and her mobility improved as well.

Cold, burning and tingling, scaling skin and loss of sensation are unfortunate but treatable!

Joanne is a success story we are proud to have to our credit.   To be entirely honest, not many patients show the level of improvement we saw in Joanne in such a short time.  Even so, it goes to show that not only is there hope for cancer survivors who live with neuropathy pain, but in some cases the recovery can be swift and dramatic.  Everyone who experiences neuropathy can learn to manage their symptoms, and our treatment methods are highly effective.  If you suffer from CIPN or any other kind of neuropathy, contact us!  NeuropathyDR® can answer your questions and put you in touch with a specially-trained clinician who can help you get back to living at your best!

 

http://www.chemocare.com/managing/numbness__tingling.asp

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chemotherapy-neuropathy/MY01327