Pay particular attention to your body during the holidays, especially if you have neuropathy or chronic pain!
Even for the healthy, the holidays can be incredibly stressful.
Some surveys have even found that people are more stressed by the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas than by asking the boss for a raise!
But when you have:
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Post-Chemotherapy neuropathy
Since you now have the stress of the holidays to deal with too, your health could take a serious beating—that will take you months to recover from.
Here are some steps you can take to make the holidays (and the months following them) a little easier to deal with:
1. Understand How Stress Affects Your Body
Stress (both mental and physical) causes the body to release hormones that prompt the liver to secrete glucose. That can wreak havoc on your blood glucose levels if you suffer from diabetes. In Type 2 diabetics, stress can also block the release of insulin from the pancreas and leave that extra insulin floating around in the bloodstream. In Type 1 diabetes, the effects are a little different. Some Type 1 diabetics say that stress drives their glucose up, while others maintain that stress drives their glucose down. Either way, your energy levels are wrecked. On a good day, that can be difficult to deal with. At the holidays, it can be pure misery.
If you are feeling stressed and your energy is especially low, you are less likely to pay attention to your glucose levels, or eat as you know you should. Pay particular attention to your body during the holidays, and Handling The Holiday “Stress-a-Thon”
2. Do What You Can To Reduce Mental Stress
Many of the things that stress us at the holidays are easy to manage or control. Make your life as easy as possible during this trying time.
If traffic really works your nerves, leave home a little earlier or try getting to work by a different route and avoid the areas that are particularly congested.
If your boss is a nightmare, plan to take vacation around the holidays if at all possible, and give yourself a mental break.
Volunteer to help with the holiday activities of a local charity. Doing something good for someone else is a wonderful way to make someone else’s life better and make you feel good at the same time.
Resolve to start a new exercise program, learn a new skill, or start a hobby as soon as the holidays are over. Enlist a friend to do it with you so you can encourage each other. Giving yourself a goal and something to look forward to after the grind of the holidays is over will do wonders for your state of mind.
3. How Do You Cope?
Everyone has a coping style. Some people are the take-charge type and take steps immediately to solve their problems. Other people just accept the problem, recognize that they can’t fix it, acknowledge that it’s probably not as bad as it could be, and go their merry way. Still, others are hand wringers and feel perpetually out of control.
The take-chargers and accepters have less problems with stress, both at the holidays and on a daily basis—as a result, their blood glucose levels don’t become elevated.
One of the most useful things you will ever learn (diabetic or not) is to relax. For many, the ability to relax is not natural, but it can be learned. Some ways to help you relax are:
Sit down or lie down without your arms or legs crossed. Inhale deeply. Push as much air as possible out of your lungs. Repeat the process but , this time, relax your muscles while you exhale. Start with this exercise for 5 minutes at a time and increase your time until you’re practicing breathing at least 20 minutes at a time, once a day.
Progressive Relaxation Therapy
Tense your muscles then relax them. Lie still and repeat the process for 5 minutes at a time, at least once a day.
We can’t say enough about the benefits of exercise. As we’ve said before, you don’t have to run a marathon to get the stress-reducing benefits of exercise. You can walk or stretch, too.
Watch Your Mindset
When it comes to reducing stress, a lot can be said for the power of positive thinking. It’s really easy to let your mind overwhelm you this time of year…
“I’ll never get it all done…”
“What if they don’t like what I give them?”
“Oh man, I have to spend time with my brother again this year…”
Just watch your mindset and you can eliminate much of the stress of the holiday season. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Say a prayer or recite a poem or a quote that makes you feel good. Think of something that makes you happy. It may sound trite, but go to your happy place.
Choose one or more of these methods to relax and do it daily. Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to us, but we can definitely learn to do it with practice, and the health benefits are beyond measure.
Face the fact that many holiday stressors are not going away. The relative you don’t get along with, the traffic, the never-ending list of things to do will always be there.
But you can learn to manage the holiday stress. And if you can learn to manage holiday stress, just think of what you can do the rest of the year.
Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ doctor or physical therapist to explore ways to handle the holiday stress-a-thon and make it a healthier and more enjoyable experience this—and every—year, even with neuropathy or chronic pain!
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Are you ready for real hand pain relief? If so, you are in the right place! We’ll get into the details in just a moment, but first we’d like to share some information with you.
Most hand pain treatment is topically focused. For instance, creams, rubs, and ointments are this form of care. These penetrate the skin and can be mildly beneficial, if they contain appropriate ingredients. At least, they provide some soothing. But, what if you need more?
The next level of relief for hand pain might be messy wax dipping. This is not very transportable. The warmth is comforting, pleasant, and feels good. Again, wax does provide some relief. But, it is short-lived.
One of the best ways known to help with chronic pain relief is neurostimulation. This type of treatment gets more to the “heart” of the problem. By using neurostimulation units such as our NDGen and combining it with the best in conductive gloves, hand pain relief is achieved like never before.
How Do Conductive Gloves Relieve Hand Pain?
The concept of conductive gloves for hand pain relief is simple. Lead wires from the unit connect to leads snaps at the base of our clinical grade conductive gloves. Next, the unit is turned on and then, smooth and comfortable neurostimulation makes it all the way to your fingertips!
This is about the point where you say “AHHH.”
It really feels that good! But why?
First, NeuropathyDR in conjuction with our team put years of research into taking pain relief to the next level. How do we really help patients? That’s a constant thought in our minds and what we strive for every day. We are a team of highly trained professionals whose goal is to help our patients. Pain is the number one problem patients say they need help with, so here we are.
Our research tells us that different people require neurostimulation at different levels. We also know that, standard TENS unit stimulation doesn’t always get to all the points needing relief. Because of this, we set out to create something better.
Our Conductive Gloves are far and away better than cheaper imitations. We tested and retested to assure that patients achieve the benefits of NDGen neurostimulation all the way to your fingertips. After all, hand pain includes the fingers and tips too!
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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(R)), 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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One of the most frustrating things for patients and doctors alike is not having adequate treatment plans for patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain. We find most of the time with our new patients there has never been a real treatment system put into place.
When a piecemeal approach is taken both by patients and their professionals early on, and the net result is failure, or possibly worsening of the underlying neuropathy and chronic pain. Commonly this is the result of a number of factors and too often it’s failure to follow up on early milder issues.
But the good news is when specific formulas are followed, you know what to expect, and we then can know how to measure your progress.
For example, most patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy know when they keep their blood sugars within a healthy range, their neuropathy and chronic pain improves.
Conversely, when blood sugars are out of control, most often due to poor diet the net result is poor.
And the same holds true for other many other health issues. For example having a personal treatment system including scheduled exercise, a firm diet plan (Get Yours HERE) as well as daily stretching and rest can make a profound difference.
The timing of dietary supplements, and even medications can make a big difference. We know for example that regularity, in terms of time of day and spacing of dosages can make a huge difference for many patients.
We also know that when treating with the NDGen treatment system at specific times makes a huge difference and leads to bigger improvements in quality of life.
So if you find yourself not progressing as much as you would like, let us help you develop a real treatment system or “game plan” for yourself.
Remember no two patients are the same. Some trial and error is necessary to find out what works best for you.
But the good news is having a treatment system to follow provides for more measurable results!
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If you’re reading this, you likely already understand that so much of getting better when faced with a serious health issue and especially neuropathy and chronic pain is a do-it-for yourself project. And you likely realize a better self care plan can be a BIG piece of the puzzle.
It is also unrealistic for any doctor to say or any patient to assume that his or her own self-care does not have a major impact on their health, and yes of course recovery from any illness.
Because so many people find the topic so overwhelming, what I suggest is that you start by making very simple list. This is step one of your better self care plan.
For example, do you have the more common known risk factors that can cause or aggravate your health problems? This includes things like cigarette smoking, being as little as 10 to 20 pounds overweight, being inactive or sedentary, and consuming too much alcohol?
Do you now have to take more medications because your diet has been so poor?
You see all of these things can aggravate most health issues especially when neuropathy and chronic pain become part of them.
Perhaps there are genetic or family issues, which you cannot change completely.
But could you do a better job of taking care of yourself?
Could you walk more, stretch every day at least once, take your advised supplements and follow a plant based diet plan, and watch the timing and composition of your meals?
Are you using the NDGen® or wearable laser treatment devices you bought from us?
Could you do a better job of working on your stress, your high blood pressure and migraines?
Are you regularly exercising, and taking “time-outs” every day for meditation or prayer?
You see where I am going. One of the most important things you can do right now is to make a better self care plan list for yourself. Share this only with yourself and your health care professionals.
And then, choose just one thing to work on today!
Rather than becoming overwhelmed, it is much more productive to focus on one change at a time. Once that change has been activated, move onto the next. And so on, one day at a time.
When you start behaving in this way, you’ll likely find a better self care plan can improve results, and provide greater success when working with our treatment professionals!
This is after all is why many hundreds more patients are joining our ranks every week, and we so thank you for being part of our extended family!
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Lets Make The Most Accurate Diagnosis First. We have been teaching patients and professionals this for many years. Here is one example why.
Recently, I had the opportunity to read an article written about pain & neuropathy treatment. This article was written directly for patients.
Now maybe you even saw this yourself. It has been widely publicized as a “neuropathy treatment solution” in a bottle.
As I read through the article I couldn’t help but think of the patients I’ve seen in my clinic that have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, or another named condition when in fact they have also have another serious underlying health problem.
Unfortunately, this is not at all uncommon. I recently had this discussion with another doctor who repeated the same thing to me.
The fact of the matter is not every patient with a diagnosis or cause of their pain has had it fully explored and when possible confirmed. Far too often, the problem turns out to be something different than what they believed.
Treating patients with pain and neuropathy requires great skill, with much time dedicated to proper assessment and evaluation.
So often, pain, including peripheral neuropathy accompanies other medical conditions. Unless your Doctors are thorough, you can spend months and sometimes years chasing the wrong thing! This is happening more and more with all the Social Media “cures” and practices being promoted.
And that is why it is very important before beginning any extended program of care, it is crucial to most accurately understand what may be causing your symptoms.
Too often, patients with peripheral neuropathy have impaired sensation, and judgment affected by medication. This is one of the things that make self-treatment and home care without supervision potentially dangerous.
Be aware, there are also drug/diet supplement interactions, which can be potentially dangerous. A common one is Coumadin and Co Q10. Then there is the potential interaction with acetyl l Carnitine with thyroid, HIV and many chemotherapy drugs.
Choose your Doctor carefully. Stay away from fads, quick fixes or “magic treatment” pills or supplements.
When in doubt seek out our help before engaging any any questionable treatment. You can Call us anytime @ 781-659-7989.
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