“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise…”

“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise…”

“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise” is a commonly discussed issue with patients. If you struggle with neuropathy, complications from diabetes, post-chemo nerve pain, or any other painful medical condition, it can be really easy to just do nothing.

By now, everyone knows that exercise is good for you.

It helps to not only lose weight but keep your weight under control…

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

It strengthens your bones…

It improves your cardiovascular health…

It has even been shown to fight depression…

And if you happen to have diabetes, you know how important exercise is in managing your glucose levels.

But what do you do when your neuropathy or some other painful condition just makes it hurt to work out?

If you struggle with neuropathy, complications from diabetes, post-chemo nerve pain, or any other painful medical condition, it can be really easy to just sit around and do nothing.

Because it just hurts too much to be active.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are exercises you can do that won’t tax your painful joints or cause you more pain than you already have.

Here are a few exercises to consider that are easy on the body and only require gentle movements:

Yoga

Yoga will keep you limber and stretches the muscles in slow, easy, fluid movements. You can do it as slowly as you like. You don’t have to qualify as a Cirque Du Soleil acrobat to get the benefits of a good yoga practice. Just do the postures to the best of your ability. If it has been a while since you’ve exercised, don’t expect to be limber overnight. Give yourself time.

Yoga stretches the muscles and increases muscle strength simply by using the body’s own weight. No extra equipment, no extra weight on painful joints or swollen feet. Just what you already carry. That’s tailor made for people suffering from nerve pain.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a very slow moving martial art. Each and every movement is done slowly and through a complete cycle, works every muscle group in the body. Even though it is not a strenuous exercise program, the health benefits for your bones and muscles are undeniable.

Once again, Tai Chi uses the body’s own weight to strengthen the muscles. Your sore joints and swollen tissue aren’t subjected to increased weight. And because the movements are slow and fluid, no added pain from sore muscles to complicate the symptoms of neuropathy that you already suffer from.

Swimming

If your joints are so painful that walking is not a good option for exercise, try swimming. Your movements are easier in water and you will put little weight or pressure on your feet. Make sure that the water is warm, not cold. Prolonged exposure to cold water will have a detrimental effect on your circulation and make a bad situation worse.

Swimming is also a wonderful way to strengthen your cardiovascular system and do so without taxing your limited strength. If you suffer from pain in your legs and feet, the buoyancy of the water takes some of the pressure off your extremities. Just being in the water can provide some relief from the pain in your nerves.

Stretching

Stretching exercises are a great way to increase muscle strength without causing your tender nerves more pain. You can even stretch while lying in bed.

This is a good stretching program that will give you a good total body stretch without ever getting on your feet. Do each of these small stretches 6 or 8 times:

  • Start with your fingers and toes and gently stretch and contract them
  • Next, move to your wrists and ankles and make circles with the joints
  • Bend your elbows, bring your hands in to your shoulders
  • Bend your knees, one at a time, toward your chest
  • Bring your arms up to your ears and down, gently stretching your shoulder muscles
  • Raise each leg, keep it straight, and raise it as far as you can.

None of these stretches requires a broad range of motion but will increase the circulation in your arms and legs and work your joints.

Remember, you don’t have to over exert yourself to stretch your muscles and improve your circulation. When you deal with debilitating pain, just doing those two things can lead to great improvement in your overall health condition.

Start small, take it easy and do the exercise you choose at your own pace. Be gentle with yourself. The more you do even the smallest exercise, the better you are going to feel. And that’s the best way to ensure a good outcome from any neuropathy treatment.

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Stop Waiting for the “Magic Fix”

Stop Waiting for the “Magic Fix”

Right now, a “magic fix” or “formula” for so may health conditions are pushed at consumers on many web and social media platforms. Not unexpectedly, the results can be disastrous. Nowhere else are there so many gimmicks, offers, and programs available for people who struggle with weight management. Of course, there are many other conditions that fall into this category.

You don’t have to go far to find numerous ads and sales pages for some new magic fix or formula. Unfortunately, peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain is no exception.

Here is what concerns us the most: peripheral neuropathy and many forms of chronic pain have multiple underlying medical factors.

This makes them necessarily complex to evaluate and treat. Missing one could be deadly .This is also why looking for one simple magic fix,  formula, or pill to help “cure” your problem is often ineffective, at best—and dangerous, at worst.

So what are the answers? For starters, you need physicians on your team that will advocate for you and help you find real answers. You need to know all about their education and training! Remember, an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan is a work in progress.

More and more we find patients entering dangerous scenarios with “wellness” and “regenerative medicine” clinics or worse yet Facebook groups run by people with little training, and don’t even show you their credentials.

You need to be your own best advocate putting into place all those lifestyle measures that will help you the most. Do NOT overlook the basics like exercise, a plant based diet and adequate relaxation. Cut the alcohol and other bad habits that can destroy your health.

Avoid the social media sewers and mind games. Become your own treatment advocate! Look for complete treatment systems that are supported by real research rather than isolated over hyped pieces.

Approach any serious underlying condition with curiosity, and uncover all the relative facts. You also find that this will make your doctor’s job of providing you an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment much easier.

When you approach any serious underlying condition with curiosity but with caution and physician guidance, and uncover all the relative facts, you’ll be far happier and ultimately much more satisfied with any at-home or in-clinic care.

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Why Carb Control Can Help Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, and Many Forms of Chronic Pain

Why Carb Control Can Help Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, and Many Forms of Chronic Pain

As a regular reader of our, you understand more than most about the importance of controlling carbohydrates in our diets. So today, lets discuss why carb control can help neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and many forms of chronic pain.

There are two forms of carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include things like refined sugar, which is commonly contained in cookies, cakes, sodas, ice cream, et cetera. You probably also know that these items are NOT on the NeuropathyDR Diet Plan!

There are also complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are manly starches like those found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

The most dangerous part of high simple carbohydrate consumption is that it simply causes us to gain weight unnecessarily. The mechanism by which this happens is relatively complex.In a nutshell, high carbohydrate consumption causes our bodies to produce excess insulin. Production of extra insulin actually causes a number of things to occur, but the most important is lowering of blood sugar by driving excess calories into fat cells.

This is how excess simple carbohydrates in our diet causes us to gain weight, seemingly very rapidly.

Another factor which many patients are unaware of is carrying excess body fat can elevate blood sugars and triglycerides over time. Even mildly elevated blood sugars can cause some of these sugars to attach to protein molecules. This is responsible for making us feel very stiff and sore.

This also makes it more difficult for our bodies to regulate insulin levels.

Of course, this response is dramatically altered in patients who are diabetic, creating all types of dangerous health effects, including eye disease, kidney disease, and of course peripheral neuropathy and other forms of chronic pain.

The good news is, pre-diabetes and borderline diabetes can often be controlled—and sometimes reversed—by improving the quality of diet, especially when combined with regular exercise.

The sooner we spring into action, the better our chances of impacting our current and future health.

There are, however, two circumstances in which higher carbohydrate consumption maybe needed.

Number one, is if you take insulin. If you take insulin, you need to know that changing your diet, and certain dietary supplementation, especially with thiamine or vitamin B1, can influence your blood sugar and insulin requirements. That’s why need to work very carefully with prescribing physician.

Also, if you are an athlete in training, you will need to consume more carbohydrates than average. To avoid excess weight gain, avoid overeating, and emphasize the complex carbohydrates, such as those contained in fruit and vegetables, as opposed to simple sugars.

Also try to confine higher carbohydrate consumption to within one hour before, and perhaps after, strenuous physical activity.

For more information, refer to the NeuropathyDR Diet Plan. In case you missed it, you can find it Here.

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If you are a current Patient or Physician Member Be SURE to post your questions in your respective private forums 

*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy.

Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  HERE

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Habits and Routines: Powerful Treatment Weapons.

Habits and Routines: Powerful Treatment Weapons.

Effective treatment plans are easier to implement with good habits and routines!

It is a well-known fact that our daily habits contribute more to our long-term well being than any other single activity.

Of course, this includes things like exercise, drinking soda, tobacco usage, drug usage etc.

It also includes our mental activity. We have a choice to regularly have active mental stimulation such as reading, meditation and prayer versus passive activities such as long periods of watching television.

Unfortunately, most of us never take a hard look at our daily activities, and the impact they’re having upon our health.

Now when you’re young, these are relatively easy to ignore. But throw in advancing age, and some health challenges and it becomes a different ball game!

With chronic pain and neuropathy, sticking to good daily health habits becomes a much more difficult task.

Nonetheless what I can tell you after taking care of hundreds of patients is that those who have routines and habits fair far better.

One of the reasons for this is more effective neuropathy treatment plans are easier to implement with patients who have good habits and schedules.

Scheduling and timing of daily things such as meals, light activity, supplements, and even your own self-care goes along way.

One of the reasons this is true is your body has its own biorhythms.

Timing of certain supplements, and even self-treatment throughout the day can make a BIG difference in your outcome!

And these are all things we are able to assist you with.

Just make sure you engage us and ask for guidance with regard to the most effective neuropathy and chronic pain treatments and activities.

But most importantly ask and learn about the best scheduling, and timing.

Make a DAILY schedule for yourself, then stick to it!

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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy.

Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  HERE

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Help Your Body “Detoxify” Naturally

Help Your Body “Detoxify” Naturally

One of the things that is very popular after the first of the year in many people are weight loss and exercise programs and even “detoxify” plans are right up top. New Year’s resolutions and intentions are made shortly after the holidays, and usually fizzle out by the middle of February. This is common behavior.

But there is part of this strategy you need to know that can be dangerous, especially if you have neuropathy, fibromyalgia or chronic pain. In particular, don’t put yourself at risk by consuming dietary shakes, or pills of the compounds which contain multiple combinations of herbs. The reality is the interaction of all these together is not well known at all. In fact, some are downright toxic.

We have seen a 20 year old patient develop peripheral neuropathy after consuming a “diet shake” just for a week. Impossible? No in fact, more and more patients are showing up in emergency rooms after consuming energy and diet drinks.

This is also one of the reasons that you will not find any herbal preparation in either the supplements or topical preparations we suggest and use in our clinic’s every day.

The reality is, with healthy daily living you’ll “detoxify” naturally every single day, and keep your weight off! For most patients, following the NeuropathyDR Diet, the carbohydrate control we advise by minimizing breads, pastas, rice, chips and so on, adding physical activity and exercise wherever possible can make an enormous difference in weight control.

One other thing, be honest with yourself! If you have diligently followed our diet especially following card control but still have difficulty with your weight then it’s possible there’s some other factors at work. These need to be identified and worked out often with lab tests and a diligent physical exam.

Stay away from “detox” and rapid weight-loss programs. Sometimes, these can really aggravate underlying neuropathy and chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. The reason is some of the the so-called “detox programs” may actually “pull” potential toxins in from your body faster, resulting in higher concentrations and ultimately aggravating your condition.

Finally, it is a really good idea to warn your children of the dangers of consuming “diet and energy” drinks.

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If you are a current Patient or Member Be SURE to post your questions in Reception Room and don’t forget your care supply discount when shopping HERE

*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, the good news is proven strategies now exist for effectively treating many forms of  #pain & #neuropathy.

Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about #chronicpain & #neuropathy  HERE

*You can also text our team 24/7 at 781-659-7989 (international inquiries welcome.) Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

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