The Most Dangerous Number for Neuropathy Treatment Success

One of the things that concerns me while treating many neuropathy patients is when clinicians and patients focus exclusively on trying to find the “one” cause of their pain, burning, tingling numbness or other neuropathy symptoms.

Perhaps the most frustrating, but real issue surrounding patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and many types of chronic pain is that more often than not, there are multiple underlying causes.

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The longer the delay, the more difficult peripheral neuropathy becomes to manage.

As you know, life is an accumulation of experiences—sometimes, unfortunately, including trauma and illnesses.

All of these things have consequences, some of which will not show up for many years. You probably also know that things that are very easy to ignore at 25 now become impossible to ignore at 65 and beyond.

One of the things that concerns me while treating many neuropathy patients is when clinicians and patients focus exclusively on trying to find the “one” cause of their pain, burning, tingling numbness or other neuropathy symptoms.

The reason for this is quite simple. Most commonly, patients develop peripheral neuropathy as the result of multiple factors.

For example, a common scenario is an overweight smoker who had a history of back surgery. Perhaps they even took statin medications.

The reality is, all these things are risk factors for the development of chronic pain, and often peripheral neuropathy.

So, unless all these factors are addressed, the patient is unlikely to significantly improve.

Worse yet is when doctors and other caregivers are not familiar with this all-too-common scenario.

I honestly believe this is the reason why so many patients receive symptomatic medication, yet no constructive advice on how to manage, let alone possibly beat, their peripheral neuropathy.

So the best advice I can give you is to try and understand everything that may be contributing to your current situation.

Also understand how very important it is NOT to delay proper treatment. The longer the delay, the more difficult peripheral neuropathy becomes to manage.

I find this is also why the biggest neuropathy treatment successes come when implementation of EARLY effective neuropathy treatment, including neurostimulation (NDGen), massage therapy, and laser (LLLT/LED) therapy, can have a profound impact on my patients’ outcomes, no matter what the underlying cause(s) might turn out to be.

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Eating More Often May Manage Neuropathy and My Weight Easier?

The bottom line is, eating more frequently will stimulate your metabolism—or, how efficiently you burn versus store fat, keep your blood sugar more even, and actually help keep you warmer.

On the surface, a statement like that might seem wrong. After all, isn’t eating at the root of weight gain, obesity, and its complications? To a point, yes. This is especially true when we consume far more calories in one sitting then we need, and load our meals with carbohydrates and poor-quality fats.

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What I tell all my neuropathy patients—and, indeed, every patient—is to try to eat something not more than three hours apart.

But a little-known fact is that when we eat less frequently, we become much more efficient at storing fat rather than burning it.

So what does this have to do with managing peripheral neuropathy?

The bottom line is, eating more frequently will stimulate your metabolism—or, how efficiently you burn versus store fat, keep your blood sugar more even, and actually help keep you warmer. For patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy, all of these things are crucial.

But this does not mean you can eat anything you want. What we do know is that by consuming relatively low amounts of carbohydrates in our meals, along with periodic snacks, we become much more efficient metabolically.

What I tell all my neuropathy patients—and, indeed, every patient—is to try to eat something not more than three hours apart. For example, you will start your breakfast with something like a protein shake, or a small serving of steel-cut oatmeal with a little added fat, perhaps some berries. Approximately two hours later, you’ll have six to 10 almonds, or perhaps another lean, low-carbohydrate snack if allergies are a problem.

Now, if you are insulin-dependent diabetic, some of what I say here will not apply, so please be careful here.

Again, this points out the need to work with well-trained neuropathy treatment professionals to truly manage your peripheral neuropathy and, indeed, your health in general.

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More on Physical Activity and Your Neuropathy Treatment

Why is this so important for good neuropathy treatment? For several reasons—but most importantly, to increase blood flow to tissue which is only accomplished by regular movement.

If you’re reading this, there’s no doubt you already understand how difficult it can be to exercise with chronic pain, especially neuropathy.

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Doing all these things together can produce extraordinary neuropathy treatment results for so many patients!

However, if you are a reader of this column you also understand the importance of being as physically active as possible, every single day.

So what I would like to do today is point out some of the simple steps that have worked for our patients, and share them with you.

The most important thing is to take a hard look at your lifestyle, and start to add additional physical activity wherever possible. Believe me, as I’ve said before, if you are recovering from a severe bout with neuropathy, illness, or surgery this may simply mean getting out of bed and up to the bathroom more often.

But let me ask you this: during the course of your day, do you commonly get in your car to take short trips to places you could walk to instead? Even if this means you take somebody with you.

Likewise, when you have the opportunity to take an elevator or stairs, do you choose the stairs? You can, if you need to, go much more slowly then usual and hold on to the hand rails.

You are still far better off exercising the large muscles of your body whenever possible, than not.

Why is this so important for good neuropathy treatment? For several reasons—but most importantly, to increase blood flow to tissue which is only accomplished by regular movement.

Only by keeping your blood vessels dilated can you expect to make as much progress as possible. Yes, good neuropathy treatment is a task. But when the results are successful, you’ll never go back to old ways again.

To pull this off successfully this also mandates good pain management at home, excellent nutrition, and regular visits with your healthcare professional.

Doing all these things together can produce extraordinary neuropathy treatment results for so many patients!

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Physical Activity and the Best Neuropathy Treatment

Typically, inactivity will make your neuropathy worse. So, for patients who already suffer from peripheral neuropathy, this is even more critical. So what’s the solution?

Much has been written about the effects of exercise and health in general. But what you may not know is there are good studies showing improvements in many health parameters with regular physical activity and exercise.

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Using bicycles and similar low-impact equipment can be very beneficial.

Not too long ago, the American College of Sports Medicine made the statement that adults should be very physically active seven days a week. Not unexpectedly, the media attacked this as totally not doable by most adults.

But the fact is, the more sedentary our lives become, the worse our health becomes. For example, we know that metabolism slows with as little as 90 minutes of continued sitting at your desk. As your metabolism slows, you become much more efficient at making fat than you do burning it. And as a regular reader of this column, you know that poor metabolism can lead to the development of neuropathy, type II diabetes, or more serious illnesses.

So this means you can boost your metabolism with a workout at the gym or a stroll in the morning—and eat properly—but sitting all day without moving will negatively impact your health.

Typically, inactivity will make your neuropathy worse. So, for patients who already suffer from peripheral neuropathy, this is even more critical. So what’s the solution?

In simple terms, it’s important to get as much physical activity as you possibly can. In times of illness, or recovering from surgery or accidents, this may simply mean getting from bed to bathroom more often. As recovery continues, it’s imperative that you push and move as much as possible.

For patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy of the feet, using bicycles and similar low-impact equipment can be very beneficial.

But whatever you do, make sure you are doing it often enough! Even just five minutes an hour can really add up at the end of your day.

Not only will you feel better, but you will improve the chances of a better neuropathy treatment outcome!

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The Healing Power of Laser in Neuropathy Treatment

The fact of the matter is, recent studies have indicated that properly-applied laser therapy can measurably improve nerve function in some cases of peripheral neuropathy.

Much has been written about the use of lasers in medicine. You probably know that lasers are everywhere, from supermarket checkouts, to barcode readers, to common devices we employ in our homes and automobiles every day.

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Just as all neuropathy treatment devices are not the same, neither are all lasers.

You may also be familiar with the fact lasers that are used in surgery. These lasers, in particular, are used as surgical tools, and now are commonplace.

You probably are also familiar with laser in the science-fiction realm. Lasers have been around now for over 50 years. You have probably seen footage of both fictional and real lasers used for destructive purposes. However, much lower levels of focused light beams, such as in laser therapy, can have profound healing mechanisms.

I think it was first Star Trek back in the ‘60s where laser and light therapy was insinuated as a healing mechanism.

The reality is, we have come such a long way with LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) and LED (Light Emitting Diodes) that these devices are much more commonplace, and research on their effectiveness is growing at an exponential rate. But what does this have to do with good neuropathy treatment?

The fact of the matter is, recent studies have indicated that properly-applied laser therapy can measurably improve nerve function in some cases of peripheral neuropathy.

In our clinics, we use laser for two reasons. Number one, to stimulate the healing process, and, number two, to reduce the pain of things like spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, peripheral neuropathy, and, yes, even chronic pain.

Although the actual explanation is highly technical, the application is simple: a highly focused, painless beam of light is directed at target tissue at a set power, usually for very short intervals. Based upon the wavelength of light, we have a good idea of the targeted tissue effects.

Although not a quick fix, studies are showing significant improvements in as little as 12 treatments in those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and some forms of chronic pain.

Just as all neuropathy treatment devices are not the same, neither are all lasers.

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Can LED Be Part of Effective Neuropathy Treatment?

With the addition of light therapy, we are now able to expand our reach and help more peripheral neuropathy patients than ever before.

LED, or light emitting diodes, as we discussed last time, have been around for quite some time. In fact, some of their original applications date back to the space program of the 1990s.

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Light energy is simply clusters of photons or particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths.

According to SBIR/NASA, LED has been utilized as part of cancer treatment, especially for a complication called oral mucositis. LEDs have also been used for improved wound healing, as well as “speeding decondition personnel to full duty performance”. LED usage has also been approved by the Naval special warfare command. 1

But how exactly does this work? With laser, the scientific explanations are highly technical. What has been known for centuries is that light speeds healing. Once upon a time, ill patients from infectious disease units and TB wards were rolled out into sunlight daily. Wounds that failed to heal were also exposed to sunlight.

From a simple perspective though, we know that light energy is simply clusters of photons or particles that can penetrate tissue at selected depths.

We also know that this light can then have specific effects. The most important effect that may have a bearing on peripheral neuropathy and related conditions is the ability to stimulate metabolism, or cellular efficiency.

You see, all the work we have done in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy since 2008 has been focused upon metabolic stimulation. This includes certain compounds found in nature such as amino acids, carnitine, and lipoic acid.

You probably also know we’ve extensively used electrotherapy.

With the addition of light therapy, we are now able to expand our reach and help more patients than ever before.

Although the research is early, it is extraordinarily encouraging.

Talk to your clinician about possibly adding LED therapy to your neuropathy treatment.

Consider this especially if you suffer from diabetic neuropathy or other poor wound-healing complications.

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1 http://sbir.nasa.gov/SBIR/successes/ss/8-035text.html

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Anxiety, Depression, and Good Neuropathy Treatment

One of the things that is perhaps universal amongst patients who suffer from chronic pain and neuropathy is the manifestation of both anxiety and depression.

Unfortunately, neither of these receive the attention they often deserve. What you may not know is that part of the development of anxiety and depression is the result of nervous system reactions. These are very common, and suffered by most neuropathy patients. But seldom are they talked about honestly and openly with family or clinicians. Yes, quite frankly, this is a mistake.

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Depression and anxiety are very common, and suffered by most neuropathy patients.

There ARE a couple simple things you can do immediately that will help.

First of all, realize there’s often lots you can control about your health—and some things you can’t. Resign yourself to that fact once and for all. Meditate or pray on this one if need be, as it really helps! It’s one of the great paradoxes of life—however, once accepted as fact, it can make a tremendous difference in your level of mental health and well-being.

And for everything you can change, such as your diet, lifestyle, mental health habits, attitude, et cetera: accept one hundred percent responsibility right now!

Along these lines, there are several other things I suggest to explore. Number one, make sure you have as simple and low stress a lifestyle as you possibly can.

I have seen many patients make extensive progress on the road back to health by simply practicing everything we’ve said in the last three paragraphs.

I have written extensively about designating enough “Me” time. It’s a mistake to neglect yourself above others—and this includes parents, relatives, and children.

Number two: with severe depression including thoughts of suicide, you need professional guidance immediately!

Ask for help, and make sure you get it. Today!

Where these are unavailable, a trusted friend, clergy member, or advisor may be the next best thing.

Above all, recognize you are not alone.

I’m firmly convinced that part of this is simply sensitization of the nervous system to all the changes that peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain can bring.

This is also why I am convinced EVERY neuropathy and chronic pain patient should own a home self-treatment kit.

You find much more about this as well as our books and other self-help products here at http://neuropathydr.com!

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