For the best pain control, you must first have an accurate assessment of the type of pain and likely causes.
Anybody who suffers from neuropathy and it’s related forms of chronic pain such as shingles, pinched nerves in the spine, or even spinal stenosis understands what a challenge finding the best pain control can be.
But what too many physicians and patients very often fail to understand is that early and active intervention to make a dramatic difference in patient outcome.
Let’s take for example back pain. It is been known for years that under-treated acute back pain can lead to prolonged episodes of pain and disability.
Neuropathy is often times the same because of early on the symptoms are minimized or blown off by both patients and doctors alike.
One thing that even too many physicians fail to understand is that different body parts generate different pain signals and this requires often times multiple and even separate forms of treatment.
For example the pain that is produced when a nerve is damaged is distinctly different from the pain from Norcott scraper, even a surgical scar.
Because these are two different problems, they often times need to be treated differently.
One of the key things to understand about neuropathic pain is that it does often respond well to various forms of electric nerve stimulation. This is why so many find relief with our NDGen at home and in the clinic.
By contrast, pain due to bruises, scars, and cuts etc. do not always respond to direct neurostim (nerve stimulation) and other treatment modalities, such as ultrasound and laser maybe much more effective.
So this is why it’s very important that your clinicians make an accurate assessment as to the type of pain you may have and what the likely causes actually are for best pain control.
The longer a pain pattern sets in the more difficult it becomes to treat.
This is why we strongly recommend active and early intervention especially in painful disorders like neuropathy, shingles and even acute back pain.
The longer you wait or put off the appropriate treatment the more difficult it will become to manage and find the best pain control.
In reality, far more difficult than it needs to be.
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One of the things that is perhaps universal amongst all who suffer from chronic pain and neuropathy is the manifestation of both anxiety and depression.
Unfortunately, neither pain, anxiety and depression receive the attention they often deserve. What you may not know is that part of the development of anxiety and depression is commonly the result these illnesses. But when anxiety and depression are attended to this will protect us from further harm. In our experience, the best solution is having a very comprehensive treatment plan.
But seldom are anxiety and depression talked about honestly and openly with family or clinicians. Yes, quite frankly, this is a mistake.
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. Be sure to discuss your feelings quickly, honestly and openly with your partner, adult children or supportive friends in a position to help. Where these are unavailable, talk with your doctor first, then a trusted friend, clergy member, or social worker!
*With severe depression including thoughts of suicide, you need professional guidance immediately! Ask for help, (Call 911) and make sure you get it NOW!
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 also written extensively about designating enough “Me” time. *It’s a mistake to neglect yourself above others—and this includes parents, relatives, and children.
Above all, recognize you are not alone. I’m firmly convinced that so often sensitization of our nervous system to all the changes that peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain can bring commonly can result in anxiety and depression. Not surprisingly, effective in-clinic treatments first often help turn pain, anxiety & depression around quickly. But this is also why I am convinced EVERY #neuropathy and chronic #pain patient should own an at home self-treatment kit customized for your unique issues. Better self-care with less medication can be life-changing to say the least.
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When confronted with a a disabling diagnosis, too often patients and even doctors don’t know that good neuropathy and pain treatment is available.
Instead, many patients self-medicate, which may dampen the most bothersome symptoms. But problems arise when this is the only neuropathy and pain treatment approach.
You see, your clearest path to improving your life is to let us help identify, then correct the underlying causes of your particular issues wherever that is possible. You need a clear neuropathy and pain treatment pathway.
Sometimes of course, that’s not entirely possible, such as in the hereditary neuropathies like CMT of HNPP. But even in these cases a neuropathy and pain treatment plan or clear pathway is still better than playing “blind archery”!
Now some clinicians take a more fatalistic view. But not us. We will always address as many pieces of your unique situation as we possibly can. And yes, this includes patients with hereditary neuropathy too!
Some neuropathy and pain treatments have additive effects. But it’s not a simple as taking several pills and potions. Every patient is different, and programs must be individualized then monitored. Monitoring treatment is one of the only ways to know if your they are are achieving exactly what we design!
So how can you as the patient make sure all this is done? You’ve already taken a key first step by reading all about your treatment options here
And don’t neglect solid home care plans! Things like NDGen® neurostimulation in the clinic and in our home care kits to help normalize function and sooth your pain, tingling numbness and burning.
In the clinic, we have many tools to choose from too. This includes extensive manual therapies and physical therapy modalities including laser, and traction for spinal conditions.
But most importantly, you’ll have a clear neuropathy and pain treatment pathway outlined for you before your care ever begins!
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“Why Do I Feel so Lousy With Weather Changes?” This is one of things we hear very often from pain and neuropathy patients, “While do I still feel so lousy?”
Sometimes, it’s easy to put your finger on the reason why. For example you fail to eat properly. You over exercise. You under exercise. But lately you’ve been eating better and drinking lots of water but sometimes, you feel lousy for seemingly no reason at all.
It could be, that you are suffering from what we call “denervation hypersensitivity”.
Now, that sounds like a mouth full. And at first glance it is!
You see your body is very sensitive to environmental changes. These could include things such as air pressure, temperature, humidity, and other environmental changes. Much more so with nerve irritation due to injury, arthritis or neuropathy.
Is it sunny and warm or hot and humid today?
The reason for this is that when nerves are damaged they become hypersensitive to environmental changes. This is not an old wives tale.
A very common scenario is when an approaching storm seemingly increases your level of pain and discomfort oftentimes dramatically.
It is a well-known phenomenon that anybody familiar with neuropathy treatment, arthritic pain, or patients that suffer from neuropathy and probably many forms of chronic pain..
Some of my patients even joke that they have become walking barometers. Now there’s nothing you can do to change the weather. However there are some things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Number one, make sure you maintain as even environmental temperature and humidity level as you possibly can in your home and car.
Number two, keep yourself away from draft exposure. Even on relatively warm days, you need to make sure that you’re protected from wind and drafts.
Lastly, armed with this knowledge plan on extra treatment at home or maybe even in the clinic during times of flare-up
The most important thing of all though?
Recognize that your body while suffering from pain and neuropathy is very sensitive and take steps to protect it.
This is one of the reasons, we advocate every neuropathy treatment patient owns their own homecare kit which can give you invaluable relief during the times of flare-up, during the middle the night, weekends, and even for breakthrough pain.
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