Making Your Neuropathy Diet Count

Always remember, the foundation of your best neuropathy treatment at home should be the neuropathy diet.

In the past, I’ve talked about how simple a neuropathy diet can—and should—be most of the time.

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Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

Do you remember why we eat? It’s to provide fuel and “building blocks” so our bodies can function smoothly and repair themselves. Thinking very consciously about this really can help you change your old habits.

One of the biggest things I find that helps us is always having a powerful image of how we want to feel and function! Think about it. Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

In the case of pain, we are trying to stop or reduce “Inflammation”, the cause of much pain and suffering.

Neuropathy patients especially need to be able to repair their bodies better, maintain even blood sugar, and also provide things like magnesium and vitamins.

In neuropathy, magnesium can help ease pain and restore better sleep. In our neuropathy diet, this would be from eating our leafy green vegetables, fruits and nuts.

The B-Vitamins, especially, help our nerve cells work better. A key neuropathy vitamin is B1, or thiamine. This one is crucial in neuropathy and diabetes as it helps your body “burn” starches and sugars, commonly called “carbs”.

This you’ll get from eating nuts and lean proteins like omega-3 eggs. Cereals are limited in the neuropathy diet, but small portions like a quarter cup (hint: always measure) can help your belly work better and help keep cholesterol levels in check.

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with ¼ cup gluten-free granola with almonds, then, add 1 tablespoon of soy or vegetable protein powder, and finally a splash of soy or almond milk. You’ll be keeping your carbs around 15-20 grams and be getting a head start on vitamins if you do this right.

A final word about neuropathy treatment supplements: neuropathy treatment supplements are often advised in the NeuropathyDR clinics, always under supervision, and knowing what medicines you may be taking.

Always remember, the foundation of your best neuropathy treatment at home should be the neuropathy diet.

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“That Neuropathy Treatment Does Not Work…”

NeuropathyDR clinicians are trained to use their skills and training to provide each piece of the treatment puzzle.

Some of the comments we get from neuropathy patients, and the docs and physical therapists who apply to join NeuropathyDR, include things like, “What makes your neuropathy treatment different?”, or “I know about (a certain device); I have one…”, or “No one can help that type of neuropathy…”

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“What makes your neuropathy treatment different?”

Here is the bottom line: if you have been reading my posts, you know neuropathy is more than a single disease or condition. Neuropathy is part of diabetes about 60% of the time, and neuropathy occurs in certain forms of cancer drug therapy.

But what most fascinates me as a clinician is, every patient, even with similar diagnoses, responds differently! When we study the science, we know why this is so.

Different types of neuropathy attack different parts of the nerve cells; the ones damaged or impaired in neuropathy. Some affect the nerve cell body, some affect the long slender axons, and essential nutrients and toxins not being moved around in the cell as they do in healthy nerves even cause some neuropathies.

NeuropathyDR clinicians are trained to use their skills and training to provide each piece of the treatment puzzle. We spend a lot of time on the phone with our clinics, helping them solve tough cases.

Some of us have gone way beyond the training all our clinicians get, and spent many more hours obtaining Neuropathy Treatment Board Certification.

The most exciting part? Good neuropathy treatments may actually stimulate cells to repair. Some electric therapy forms and even laser neuropathy treatments are extraordinarily encouraging!

But, almost never does just ONE part of treatment help neuropathy patients for long.

So, the next time you are tempted to say, “I tried that neuropathy thing and it did not work,” remember that, unless everything is done that CAN be, your neuropathy treatment results will likely not be as good as they could be!

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“That Neuropathy Treatment Does Not Work…”

NeuropathyDR clinicians are trained to use their skills and training to provide each piece of the treatment puzzle.

Some of the comments we get from neuropathy patients, and the docs and physical therapists who apply to join NeuropathyDR, include things like, “What makes your neuropathy treatment different?”, or “I know about (a certain device); I have one…”, or “No one can help that type of neuropathy…”

femalesmileflowers 300x200 “That Neuropathy Treatment Does Not Work...”

“What makes your neuropathy treatment different?”

Here is the bottom line: if you have been reading my posts, you know neuropathy is more than a single disease or condition. Neuropathy is part of diabetes about 60% of the time, and neuropathy occurs in certain forms of cancer drug therapy.

But what most fascinates me as a clinician is, every patient, even with similar diagnoses, responds differently! When we study the science, we know why this is so.

Different types of neuropathy attack different parts of the nerve cells; the ones damaged or impaired in neuropathy. Some affect the nerve cell body, some affect the long slender axons, and essential nutrients and toxins not being moved around in the cell as they do in healthy nerves even cause some neuropathies.

NeuropathyDR clinicians are trained to use their skills and training to provide each piece of the treatment puzzle. We spend a lot of time on the phone with our clinics, helping them solve tough cases.

Some of us have gone way beyond the training all our clinicians get, and spent many more hours obtaining Neuropathy Treatment Board Certification.

The most exciting part? Good neuropathy treatments may actually stimulate cells to repair. Some electric therapy forms and even laser neuropathy treatments are extraordinarily encouraging!

But, almost never does just ONE part of treatment help neuropathy patients for long.

So, the next time you are tempted to say, “I tried that neuropathy thing and it did not work,” remember that, unless everything is done that CAN be, your neuropathy treatment results will likely not be as good as they could be!

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Neuropathy

If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, or conditions that contribute to it such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, never wait to contact us.

One of the more rare acute types of peripheral neuropathy is Guillain-Barre syndrome, also sometimes called Landry’s paralysis or Guillain-Barre-Stohl syndrome. It’s a kind of autoimmune disorder, meaning that it causes the body to actually attack its own nervous system, which in turn causes the muscles to weaken very fast. Because it’s related to the immune system, Guillain-Barre turns up most frequently in people who have recently gotten over another type of infection, like a lung or gastrointestinal sickness.

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We will connect you with a clinician who has been specially-trained to take care of you.

The condition only affects about one or two in every 100,000 people, far fewer than most of the more common neuropathy types, and it most commonly targets people between 30 and 50. Guillain-Barre syndrome is detected through nerve-conduction studies and by studying the cerebrospinal fluid. Most sufferers experience ascending paralysis (loss of strength in the feet and hands that migrates towards the core), along with typical polyneuropathy symptoms such as pain and tingling in the extremities. Perhaps most serious of all, Guillain-Barre syndrome often comes with autonomic neuropathy, making it very dangerous to the overall health of a sufferer’s internal organs.

There is still a lot we don’t know about Guillain-Barre syndrome, such as why it attacks some people after an infection and not others, or what actually sets it in motion to attack the nerves. We don’t have a cure for the condition yet, either, but with proper treatment, clinicians like the ones at NeuropathyDR® are able to manage its symptoms and restore quality of life to the people who suffer from it.

Our patient Louise was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome over 20 years ago. The onset was sudden; Louise just woke up one morning and her foot felt funny; by the end of the day she was having trouble walking unassisted. In only a few days, Louise needed two canes just to get around. For two decades, this was how she lived; in constant discomfort from the neuropathies common with Guillain-Barre, every day worried that the condition would degenerate and that her legs would just stop being able to bear her weight (even with support). Even simple things like crossing her legs or driving were difficult. Fortunately, Louise found NeuropathyDR®!

By the time she came to us, Louise had been living with Guillain-Barre and its complications for more than 20 years. Her mobility had continued to deteriorate, and she was now also experiencing pain in her lower back and difficulty turning her neck.

We treated Louise with our NeuropathyDR® methods of adjustive procedures to restore mobility in the affected joints, as well as ultrasound and the use of electronic stimulation to affected nerves. Over a five-week period, Louise’s painful neuropathy symptoms subsided drastically and mobility began to re-emerge in her legs and back. At a checkup two months later, Louise was starting to regain feeling and continuing to improve!

After experiencing NeuropathyDR® treatments, Louise wrote to us that, in light of her newly-regained mobility, she finds herself afraid to hope that she will get feeling back in her legs after all this time. She has been following-up with a clinician as scheduled, and her condition is continuing to improve. There is hope, no matter how long a person has been living with Guillain-Barre or any other type of neuropathy.

If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, or conditions that contribute to it such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, never wait to contact us. The sooner a NeuropathyDR® clinician is are able to treat you, the more options there will be to help, and the sooner you’ll be—literally—back on your feet. Get in touch with us, and we will connect you with a clinician who has been specially-trained to take care of you.

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References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001704/
http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/guillain-barre-syndrome-topic-overview
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/gbs.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000684.htm

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Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Neuropathy

If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, or conditions that contribute to it such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, never wait to contact us.

One of the more rare acute types of peripheral neuropathy is Guillain-Barre syndrome, also sometimes called Landry’s paralysis or Guillain-Barre-Stohl syndrome. It’s a kind of autoimmune disorder, meaning that it causes the body to actually attack its own nervous system, which in turn causes the muscles to weaken very fast. Because it’s related to the immune system, Guillain-Barre turns up most frequently in people who have recently gotten over another type of infection, like a lung or gastrointestinal sickness.

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We will connect you with a clinician who has been specially-trained to take care of you.

The condition only affects about one or two in every 100,000 people, far fewer than most of the more common neuropathy types, and it most commonly targets people between 30 and 50. Guillain-Barre syndrome is detected through nerve-conduction studies and by studying the cerebrospinal fluid. Most sufferers experience ascending paralysis (loss of strength in the feet and hands that migrates towards the core), along with typical polyneuropathy symptoms such as pain and tingling in the extremities. Perhaps most serious of all, Guillain-Barre syndrome often comes with autonomic neuropathy, making it very dangerous to the overall health of a sufferer’s internal organs.

There is still a lot we don’t know about Guillain-Barre syndrome, such as why it attacks some people after an infection and not others, or what actually sets it in motion to attack the nerves. We don’t have a cure for the condition yet, either, but with proper treatment, clinicians like the ones at NeuropathyDR® are able to manage its symptoms and restore quality of life to the people who suffer from it.

Our patient Louise was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome over 20 years ago. The onset was sudden; Louise just woke up one morning and her foot felt funny; by the end of the day she was having trouble walking unassisted. In only a few days, Louise needed two canes just to get around. For two decades, this was how she lived; in constant discomfort from the neuropathies common with Guillain-Barre, every day worried that the condition would degenerate and that her legs would just stop being able to bear her weight (even with support). Even simple things like crossing her legs or driving were difficult. Fortunately, Louise found NeuropathyDR®!

By the time she came to us, Louise had been living with Guillain-Barre and its complications for more than 20 years. Her mobility had continued to deteriorate, and she was now also experiencing pain in her lower back and difficulty turning her neck.

We treated Louise with our NeuropathyDR® methods of adjustive procedures to restore mobility in the affected joints, as well as ultrasound and the use of electronic stimulation to affected nerves. Over a five-week period, Louise’s painful neuropathy symptoms subsided drastically and mobility began to re-emerge in her legs and back. At a checkup two months later, Louise was starting to regain feeling and continuing to improve!

After experiencing NeuropathyDR® treatments, Louise wrote to us that, in light of her newly-regained mobility, she finds herself afraid to hope that she will get feeling back in her legs after all this time. She has been following-up with a clinician as scheduled, and her condition is continuing to improve. There is hope, no matter how long a person has been living with Guillain-Barre or any other type of neuropathy.

If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy, or conditions that contribute to it such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, never wait to contact us. The sooner a NeuropathyDR® clinician is are able to treat you, the more options there will be to help, and the sooner you’ll be—literally—back on your feet. Get in touch with us, and we will connect you with a clinician who has been specially-trained to take care of you.

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References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001704/
http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/guillain-barre-syndrome-topic-overview
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/gbs.htm
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000684.htm

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Entrapment Neuropathy: More Than Just Carpal Tunnel!

An entrapment neuropathy, also called nerve compression syndrome, occurs when a nerve is wedged or “pinched” against a bone, inflamed muscle, or other internal mechanism in your arm.

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome. What you might not know is that carpal tunnel syndrome is only one of a family of ailments in the upper limbs known as entrapment neuropathies. The other entrapment neuropathies are not as well-known in the mainstream as CTS, and so people who suffer from nerve symptoms in their forearms and hands frequently jump to conclusions. NeuropathyDR® is here to help set the record straight!

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Diagnosis for all compression neuropathies is fairly consistent.

An entrapment neuropathy, also called nerve compression syndrome, occurs when a nerve is wedged or “pinched” against a bone, inflamed muscle, or other internal mechanism in your arm. Aside from the median nerve (the one associated with CTS) there are two main nerves that help to control your arm and hand: the radial nerve and the ulnar nerve. Both are susceptible to compression, and the results can be painful!

Entrapment occurs under a number of conditions, most commonly:

  • When there is an injury originating at your neck or a disease of the cervical spine
  • When your elbow has been injured due to fractures or improper use
  • When your wrist has been injured due to fractures or Guyon canal alignment problems
  • An aneurysm or thrombosis in your arteries
  • Factors commonly associated with peripheral neuropathy, such as diabetes, rheumatism, alcoholism, or infection

Your radial nerve runs the length of your arm, and is responsible for both movement and sensation. Radial neuropathy usually occurs at the back of the elbow, and can present itself with many of the common symptoms of neuropathy such as tingling, loss of sensation, weakness and reduced muscle control (in this case, often difficulty in turning your palm upwards with your elbow extended).

A number of palsies affect the radial nerve, such as:

  • Saturday night palsy (also called Honeymooner’s palsy), where your radial nerve is compressed in your upper arm by falling asleep in a position where pressure is exerted on it by either furniture or a bed partner
  • Crutch palsy, where your nerve is pinched by poorly-fitted axillary crutches
  • Handcuff neuropathy, wherein tight handcuffs compress your radial nerve at your wrists

Two main conditions affect the ulnar nerve: Guyon’s canal syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. Guyon’s canal syndrome is almost exactly the same in symptoms as carpal tunnel syndrome (pain and tingling in the palm and first three fingers), but involves a completely different nerve. Guyon’s canal syndrome is caused by pressure on your wrists, often by resting them at a desk or workstation, and is frequently experienced by cyclists due to pressure from the handlebars.

Nearly everyone has experienced cubital tunnel syndrome: it’s the “dead arm” sensation we’ve all felt when we wake up after sleeping on top of our arm! Sleeping with your arm folded up compresses the ulnar nerve at your shoulder, causing it to effectively “cut off” feeling to your arm. As you probably know from experience, this sensation is unsettling but temporary.

Diagnosis for all compression neuropathies is fairly consistent: your NeuropathyDR® clinician will examine your arms for signs of neuropathy, and will likely ask you to perform several demonstrations of dexterity.  If your clinician suspects you may have an underlying condition, nerve or blood tests may be recommended. To pinpoint the specific location of a compression, your clinician may also suggest MRI or x-ray scans.

Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, most cases of compression neuropathy are mild. Treatment for these mild cases involves ice, rest, and a change in habits of motion or stress that are causing the symptoms. For more severe cases, your clinician may prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatories, and in extreme cases, a surgical solution is sometimes justified.

If you suffer from a compression neuropathy or have questions about this or any other kind of neuropathy, NeuropathyDR® can help! Contact us, and we can answer your questions and put you in touch with a NeuropathyDR® clinician in your area who has been specially trained to treat any symptoms you might have. As with any neuropathy, don’t wait! The sooner a condition is diagnosed, the more options for treatment your clinician will have.

Do you or someone you know suffer from CTS? Join the conversation at Beating Neuropathy!

 

References:

http://www.mdguidelines.com/neuropathy-of-radial-nerve-entrapment
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1285531-overview
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1244885-overview
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2599973/?tool=pmcentrez

 

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Entrapment Neuropathy: More Than Just Carpal Tunnel!

An entrapment neuropathy, also called nerve compression syndrome, occurs when a nerve is wedged or “pinched” against a bone, inflamed muscle, or other internal mechanism in your arm.

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome. What you might not know is that carpal tunnel syndrome is only one of a family of ailments in the upper limbs known as entrapment neuropathies. The other entrapment neuropathies are not as well-known in the mainstream as CTS, and so people who suffer from nerve symptoms in their forearms and hands frequently jump to conclusions. NeuropathyDR® is here to help set the record straight!

mail 4 Entrapment Neuropathy: More Than Just Carpal Tunnel!

Diagnosis for all compression neuropathies is fairly consistent.

An entrapment neuropathy, also called nerve compression syndrome, occurs when a nerve is wedged or “pinched” against a bone, inflamed muscle, or other internal mechanism in your arm. Aside from the median nerve (the one associated with CTS) there are two main nerves that help to control your arm and hand: the radial nerve and the ulnar nerve. Both are susceptible to compression, and the results can be painful!

Entrapment occurs under a number of conditions, most commonly:

  • When there is an injury originating at your neck or a disease of the cervical spine
  • When your elbow has been injured due to fractures or improper use
  • When your wrist has been injured due to fractures or Guyon canal alignment problems
  • An aneurysm or thrombosis in your arteries
  • Factors commonly associated with peripheral neuropathy, such as diabetes, rheumatism, alcoholism, or infection

Your radial nerve runs the length of your arm, and is responsible for both movement and sensation. Radial neuropathy usually occurs at the back of the elbow, and can present itself with many of the common symptoms of neuropathy such as tingling, loss of sensation, weakness and reduced muscle control (in this case, often difficulty in turning your palm upwards with your elbow extended).

A number of palsies affect the radial nerve, such as:

  • Saturday night palsy (also called Honeymooner’s palsy), where your radial nerve is compressed in your upper arm by falling asleep in a position where pressure is exerted on it by either furniture or a bed partner
  • Crutch palsy, where your nerve is pinched by poorly-fitted axillary crutches
  • Handcuff neuropathy, wherein tight handcuffs compress your radial nerve at your wrists

Two main conditions affect the ulnar nerve: Guyon’s canal syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. Guyon’s canal syndrome is almost exactly the same in symptoms as carpal tunnel syndrome (pain and tingling in the palm and first three fingers), but involves a completely different nerve. Guyon’s canal syndrome is caused by pressure on your wrists, often by resting them at a desk or workstation, and is frequently experienced by cyclists due to pressure from the handlebars.

Nearly everyone has experienced cubital tunnel syndrome: it’s the “dead arm” sensation we’ve all felt when we wake up after sleeping on top of our arm! Sleeping with your arm folded up compresses the ulnar nerve at your shoulder, causing it to effectively “cut off” feeling to your arm. As you probably know from experience, this sensation is unsettling but temporary.

Diagnosis for all compression neuropathies is fairly consistent: your NeuropathyDR® clinician will examine your arms for signs of neuropathy, and will likely ask you to perform several demonstrations of dexterity.  If your clinician suspects you may have an underlying condition, nerve or blood tests may be recommended. To pinpoint the specific location of a compression, your clinician may also suggest MRI or x-ray scans.

Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, most cases of compression neuropathy are mild. Treatment for these mild cases involves ice, rest, and a change in habits of motion or stress that are causing the symptoms. For more severe cases, your clinician may prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatories, and in extreme cases, a surgical solution is sometimes justified.

If you suffer from a compression neuropathy or have questions about this or any other kind of neuropathy, NeuropathyDR® can help! Contact us, and we can answer your questions and put you in touch with a NeuropathyDR® clinician in your area who has been specially trained to treat any symptoms you might have. As with any neuropathy, don’t wait! The sooner a condition is diagnosed, the more options for treatment your clinician will have.

Do you or someone you know suffer from CTS? Join the conversation at Beating Neuropathy!

 

References:

http://www.mdguidelines.com/neuropathy-of-radial-nerve-entrapment
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1285531-overview
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1244885-overview
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2599973/?tool=pmcentrez

 

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What’s The Best Neuropathy Treatment Diet Plan?

In almost every illness, including neuropathy, consuming a carbohydrate-controlled diet, low in sugar and animal products, can go a long way toward helping us feel and function better.

Last time, we spoke about the importance of knowing as much as possible about your underlying condition that may be contributing to or causing your neuropathy and related symptoms.

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Regardless of your underlying diagnosis, there are a few basic principles that can help us all be healthier and happier.

For example carpal tunnel syndrome, shingles, and chemotherapy-induced neuropathy are all conditions that are drastically different–but are forms of neuropathy. This is important to know because it will allow you to seek the best care possible.

But, regardless of your underlying diagnosis, there are a few basic principles that can help us all be healthier and happier.

This revolves around our own lifestyle and diet.

For example, we know that in almost every illness consuming a carbohydrate-controlled diet, low in sugar and animal products, can go a long way toward helping us feel and function better.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? You know that your car performs the best when all preventive maintenance services are done and is provided with the best possible fuel.

Our bodies are no different.

Of course, your health conditions—things like insulin-dependent diabetes—may require very specific diet changes.

With all that said, we do know there are some specific things that can be done to will help almost anybody with neuropathy and chronic pain.

Here are my big three:

  1. Eliminate milk and dairy products from your diet.
  2. Go gluten-free wherever possible, minimize grains, and limit or eliminate meats.
  3. Make the bulk of your diet plant (vegetable) based. Be very careful with fruit and starchy vegetables, aiming for approximately 15 g of carbs per meal. The only exception to increased carbohydrates could be during times of heavy exercise.

A typical day may start with a shake with added protein powder or a small amount of gluten-free granola with coconut/almond/rice milk. Three hours later, a small snack, like half an apple and a few nuts.

Lunch is a salad with some lean protein (fish, chicken, or tofu) and added olive oil. Snack again in 3 hours.

Finally, dinner may be some grilled veggies with another serving of lean, low fat protein.

Many patients ask us, “Can my neuropathy diet really be this simple?”

The answer is an emphatic YES!

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Neuropathy–Should You Call Yours Something Else?

The more you know about your neuropathy, the more we can help identify the most appropriate treatment.

It wasn’t that long ago when physicians and patients alike believed that peripheral neuropathy wasn’t treatable by anything but medication.

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It’s critical wherever possible to obtain an accurate diagnosis.

The sad part is, there are still many physicians and patients that believe this to be the case. In the last few years, we have learned this is no longer exclusively true.

For example, we now know that some tools, including things like dietary supplementation, some forms of physical therapy, and technologies like neurostimulation and cold laser, can have a tremendous positive effect on the outcome of many patients with peripheral neuropathy and, indeed, many forms of chronic pain. This can help patients reduce medication dosages—and sometimes eliminate medication and its side effects.

Peripheral neuropathy is actually a name that can be applied to many painful conditions of the nervous system. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is a neuropathy. Shingles is another form of neuropathy. We all know about diabetic and chemotherapy-related neuropathy.

Obviously, these are dramatically different conditions, but with similar symptoms in patients.

All this leads to extreme frustration by patients.

And it’s very confusing for patients and their professionals to just call it “neuropathy”. This is because there are substantial differences between genetic neuropathies like CMT, HNPP, and those caused by more common factors—let’s say, things like diabetes and statin medication.

There is also a vast degree of difference in treatability of the very different forms of neuropathy. For example, if your neuropathy was caused by something like poor diet or statin medication, often removing medications and improving diet over time can eliminate most, if not all, neuropathy symptoms. Of course, this is something that requires extreme diligence on the part of the patient and, often, appropriate treatment by clinicians to help restore function.

However, in other cases, like genetic neuropathies, patients may face a possible lifetime of pain, and physical impairments.

Now don’t get me wrong; often we are able to help many patients—even with genetic neuropathy—dramatically improve the quality of their life too.

But the point of today’s article is to point out that the more you know about your condition, the more we can—together—help to identify the most appropriate clinic treatment and home care.

This is why it’s critical wherever possible to obtain an accurate diagnosis. And then apply that name to your form of peripheral neuropathy.

Even if you’re ultimately diagnosed with idiopathic (meaning “unknown causes”) neuropathy, it will allow you and your doctors to identify the most current and powerful treatment strategies.

But, always remember: the most important thing, regardless of the name of your particular type of neuropathy, is your own self-care.

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Better Neuropathy Home Care

Contact a local NeuropathyDR® professional or physical therapist to explore treatment options in addition to taking care better of yourself!

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Before you begin any healthcare regimen, always talk to your professional first.

Move As Much As Possible!

You don’t have to run a marathon, or even walk one. You don’t have to race a titanium frame bicycle. Just move the big muscles in your legs as often and as much as you possibly can. Exercise, even very gently at first, improves circulation. Improved blood flow to the legs and feet will help nourish damaged nerves.

A Warm Bath Can Do Wonders

Warm baths increase blood flow; reduce stress and aid in relaxation. All three of these benefits will make the pain a little easier to tolerate. But a word to the wise, check the water temperature with your elbow or your wrist before you get in the bathtub. The nerve damage in your feet makes them an unreliable source for judging temperature. Use a thermometer. We like 100 degrees Fahrenheit with some added minerals like Epsom salts (don’t be stingy) and antioxidants.

Take Targeted Supplements

Vitamins B-1, B-12, B-6 and folic acid are all vital to healthy nerves. We have found certain combinations in professionally tailored packages for each case often works best. In our clinics, we now use the NDGen™ Metabolic Support Packs that Dr. John Hayes personally designed. If you eat a healthy diet, you may still not be getting the recommended daily amount of some vitamins and other nutrients. Talk to your professional first before taking any supplements to make sure they won’t interact badly with the medications you’re taking.*

Control—or, Better Yet, Eliminate Your Alcohol Intake

High intake of alcohol is a toxin to your nerves. And if the nerves are already damaged, it’s even worse. Some people think that a drink a day is good for your health. I respectfully disagree. If you have nerve damage, that’s a chance you don’t need to take.  Don’t drink more than four alcoholic beverages a week if you suffer from peripheral neuropathy; none would be even better.

This is EXACTLY Why NeuropathyDR® Doctors and Physical Therapists Are Trained

Before you begin any self-care regimen or add supplements, herbs, or vitamins to your healthcare regimen, always talk to your professional first. Virtually everything has some side effects, so make sure that what you’re planning to take won’t cause you more harm than good.

And Above All Else…

Don’t give up.  Self-care is vital to managing your neuropathy.  While you may need a combination of these self-care tips and medication, sorting out yourself is not always wise.

Contact a local NeuropathyDR® professional or physical therapist to explore treatment options in addition to taking care better of yourself!

*You can easily check for drug-nutrient interactions online. Special caution is advised in thyroid disease and cancer therapies during neuropathy care.

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