“But, I only Have A Little Neuropathy…”

Saying I have a little neuropathy is just like saying I’m a little bit pregnant.

One of the things we see fairly frequently in the neuropathy treatment clinics is when patients present with the early onset of neuropathy symptoms.

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This could be due to things such as chemotherapy, statin medications, or perhaps even “pre-diabetes” now called metabolic syndrome.

Now there are cases of course where neuropathy is not long term.

This usually occurs in younger patients, who have been exposed to poisons or medications that eventually are stopped.

Unfortunately, for many adults neuropathy is a very different situation. For most of us saying I have a little neuropathy is just like saying I’m a little bit pregnant.

In order to have affective neuropathy treatment it is critical to identify correctable factors early on. This would include things such as obesity, certain medications, and lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking. Likewise, it is also very important to begin the most appropriate neuropathy treatment as soon as possible.

You see one of the things we know beyond the shadow of a doubt is that when patients begin neuropathy treatment early and seriously the long-term results are far better.

In the clinic we can find patients who treat their neuropathy early are less debilitated, and return to better function much more easily.

So what can you do? First of all, do not be a “minimizer”. When you experience symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness or burning, have them thoroughly checked out as soon as possible by a licensed healthcare professional.

Next, help your clinicians help you by fully revealing your family history, medication usage and other factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption et cetera.

Lastly, learn the importance of good homecare programs. NeuropathyDR homecare programs can speak your progress as well as improve your neuropathy treatment results, often times dramatically.

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The Importance of Great Shoes in Neuropathy Treatment

  The shape of your feet changes with age, swelling, as well as peripheral neuropathy.

Are your shoes supporting your feet properly?

One of the issues we see very frequently in the neuropathy patient is fitting shoes comfortably.

It is very easy to take for granted the role that proper footwear has on your level of comfort. That is of course unless you suffer from peripheral neuropathy.

There are all a whole host of other conditions that occur with neuropathy that can slow down or complicate recovery. This includes common things such as flatfoot or having conditions like plantar fasciitis.

There are however some very simple things you can do. Number one, visit a traditional foot and shoe store and have your feet properly measured.

The reason for this is the shape of your feet changes with age, swelling, as well as peripheral neuropathy. Muscle changes, which accompany neuropathy, are responsible for this.

The neuropathy patient should take advantage of the expertise of their clinician too. Ask questions about the most appropriate footwear for you. Learn some basics about proper shoe construction such as the shape of the last and the strength of the heel counter.

Sometimes, “diabetic” shoes better holds inserts, which your clinician may prescribe. These may also allow for better circulation and less neuropathy pain.

We find that many neuropathy patients have excellent relief by wearing running shoes most of the time. The reason for this is the combination of shock absorption and breathability is helpful for many patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.

This is one area where consulting the properly trained neuropathy treatment specialist can be of huge benefit!

Do not ignore your shoes!

These are in fact the foundation of your daily recovery homecare programs and are very important in getting you active again, back on your feet!

You will also find our recent radio show on http://beatingneuropathy.com and the associated videos on http://YouTube.Com/NeuropathyDoctor very helpful.

Recover faster from your neuropathy treatment by wearing the very best shoes you can find!

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The Problem with Treating all Neuropathy Patients the Same

Sometimes, peripheral neuropathy accompanies other medical conditions.

Recently, I had the opportunity to read an article written about neuropathy treatment. This article was written directly for neuropathy treatment patients.

Now maybe you even saw this yourself. It has been widely publicized as a neuropathy treatment solution in a bottle.

As I read through the article I couldn’t help but think of the patients I’ve seen in my clinic that have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, when in fact they have another serious underlying health problem.

Unfortunately, this is not at all uncommon. I recently had this discussion with another doctor who repeated the same thing to me.

The fact of the matter is not every patient with a diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy has had it confirmed. Far too often, the problem turns out to be something else.

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Treating patients with neuropathy requires great skill, with much time dedicated to proper assessment and evaluation. Sometimes, peripheral neuropathy accompanies other medical conditions.

And that is why it is very important before beginning any extended program of neuropathy treatment to most accurately understand what may be causing your symptoms.

It is also very important to stress that any neuropathy treatment at home must not be harmful.

Too often, patients with peripheral neuropathy have impaired sensation, and judgment affected by medication. This is one of the things that make self-treatment and home care without supervision potentially dangerous

There are also drug/diet supplement interactions, which can be potentially dangerous. A common one is Coumadin and Co Q10. Then there is the potential interaction with acetyl l Carnitine with thyroid, HIV and many chemotherapy drugs.

 

The bottom line is that only the trained neuropathy treatment specialist knows for sure.

When in doubt seek competent professional care before moving forward on any home neuropathy treatment.

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