The Winding Road of Chronic Pain

The Winding Road of Chronic Pain

The Winding Road of Chronic Pain

Written by: Carol Jeffrey

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We’re traveling down this windy, crazy, hazardous road of chronic pain. Often we’re speeding in the darkness with our headlights off, violently crashing into unseen obstacles. We shake off and often minimize the damage caused by these collisions. But if we don’t attend to these damages as they occur…our vehicle will soon be totaled.

Wildly we slip and slide out of control in the storms that overwhelm us. So we pull over, rest and wait for the storm to pass. But if the storm lasts too long, we stop clearing the windows, and cease to look if the sun has reappeared. This type of apathy is a slow and silent killer of hope.

Bridges often crumble beneath the weight of our burdens. This type of loss and isolation is one of the greatest hardships of chronic pain. If we are to avoid being stranded on an isolated island, and trapped in a deep dark pit of depression…survival requires us to adapt, learn new skills, maintain healthy relationships, and build connections to life.

We easily see when others are in need, and graciously pull over to offer assistance. After all, this is a welcomed distraction from our own painful journey…but lets not make it a road-stop. While it’s easy to identify needs and solutions for others, it’s equally as difficult to acknowledge our own need for fuel or repair. Our engines will cease to run, if we allow our ego to fill our gas tank with gallons of guilt, instead of letting another fill us with fuel.

At times we’re impatiently and painfully held up in surgical construction or we may find ourselves on a needed detour learning new paths that promote health. Pit stops are required, to clear the windshield, change the tires, tweak the engine so that we may travel with optimal performance. Maintenance and checking our route is essential for a less burdensome journey.

We are not alone in our chronic pain journey, for our doctors, friends and family are passengers…who’s needs also need to be acknowledged. It’s easy to forget that it’s a challenging and painful journey for them as well.

We are in control of our life and choose whether the pain steers us wildly off of a cliff or whether we take control of our vehicle and steer it in the path of our desires.

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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

Carb control can help neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and many forms of chronic pain. 

As a regular reader you understand—in part, at least—the importance of controlling carbohydrates in our diets.

There are two forms of carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates include things like refined sugar, which is commonly contained in cookies, cakes, sodas, ice cream, etc. You probably also know that these items are nowhere in the NeuropathyDR Diet & Lifestyle Plan!

There are also complex carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates are manly starches like those found in fruits, vegetables, and 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 carbohydrates in our diet causes us to gain weight, seemingly very rapidly.

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, causing at a minimum more body stiffness and likely contribute to chronic pain. 

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 our diet.

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 need to 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 healthcare professionals.

If you are an athlete in training or working out hard, you will likely need to consume more carbohydrates than average. To avoid excess weight gain though still 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 surrounding strenuous physical activity.

Following these tips can relatively quickly not only help us generally feel better but often help with fatigue and mental clarity. Let us know how YOU do!

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Multiple Underlying Causes

Multiple Underlying Causes

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 often multiple underlying causes.

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 issues 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 underlying causes.

For example, a common scenario is an overweight smoker who had a history of back surgery. Perhaps they are overweight or pre-diabetic, or have used some medications (commonly statins) known to cause neuropathy. These are some of the many multiple underlying causes we find in patient histories every day.

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

So, unless all these multiple underlying causes 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.

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

So the best advice we 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 and chronic pain becomes to manage.

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

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Dietary “First Aid”

Dietary “First Aid”

There really is some simple dietary first aid. Here’s how to get started.

This past week, you probably ate and drank some things you ordinarily wouldn’t.
Our advice? Always enjoy yourself but just don’t go crazy.

Why? Because it’s a whole lot easier to get back on course if you only stray a little.

Focus instead on the 99+ percent of your life, including following the NeuropathyDR Diet & Lifestyle Plan. And be sure to stay on track with your neuropathy home care kit care too!

But even if you stray from good neuropathy treatment habits even just a little sometimes you can feel really awful!

But there is good news! You can do both “prevention” and dietary first aid!

First of all, drink plenty of water if you go on “holiday”. It’s OK to sample different foods unless you are allergic or sensitive, but resist the temptation to go crazy!

Don’t drink alcohol at all if you have medication interactions, and be careful of overindulging in alcohol anyways, as it can irritate many forms of neuropathy & pain.

Make sure you take your prescribed supplements, and eat small frequent meals. Doing so will make it easier for you to stay on track if you do go to parties.

Now, if you wake up feeling lousy, don’t panic. Just get back on track ASAP with all your good self care.

A good Rescue Remedy if you really overdo is simply to do the BRAT Diet for 1 to a few days (small servings of Brown rice, Banana Tea and Applesauce). This is actually a good clearing diet for lots of people and can help you feel better faster after overindulging.

Also, be sure to be drinking enough water, and eating healthy all day (as we teach-minimal carb, adequate protein) every 2-3 hours.

Following the tips here, and your good self care you are more likely to really enjoy your holidays and time off a whole lot more!

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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  on our main website HERE

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What About Laser Treatments?

What About Laser Treatments?

Laser has been around since about 1960 or so when a now famous scientist produced these “focused light beams” in the laboratory. Laser treatments in some forms have actually been used in medicine for many years.

Now, lasers are everywhere, everything from CD Players, printers and measuring devices to military weapons. I’m sure you may even have seen a few of your own! These ultra focused light beams can be used at high intensity to seal tissue, aid surgeons dentists and dermatologists in their daily work with patients. And at lower intensity, they have had applications in pain and neuropathy treatment for some time too.

So what does laser have to do with neuropathy and pain treatment? Well, it could be that laser treatments are the “missing link” in some forms of neuropathy and pain treatment! One of our basic attempts in neuropathy and pain treatment is to do whatever can help safely and effectively boost our cells use of “energy”. Well, along with proper nutrition and electrotherapy, laser may aid energy production in damaged nerves. The way this may happen is fascinating, but way beyond the scope of this column.

No treatment works 100 percent of the time. And that is a key point to remember. Nowhere is this more apparent than in laser treatments for neuropathy. Even amongst laser treatment experts there’s often disagreement as to what makes good neuropathy and pain treatment. But some techniques and equipment are proving very effective while others are a complete waste! And this is exactly why we now have so many types of laser treatments available.

This even includes an home laser treatments you can actually sleep with to improve your laser treatment results for pain and perhaps wound healing as well.

The good news is more experience and research including our own is helping us find even better laser treatments than we have available today!

Always remember though, our team members go to great lengths every day to be sure we are up to date in the latest, and best forms of laser treatment for you and your family!

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