Chemotherapy’s Side Effects are No Picnic, Including Chemo-Induced Neuropathy Pain. Massage Therapy is One of Several Treatment Modalities That Can Help.
Chances are, you were hoping that when your chemotherapy cancer treatment was over, you’d be done with medications entirely.
Unfortunately, neuropathy is a common side effect of some chemotherapy treatments. In some cases, the neuropathy symptoms end within weeks or months of the end of chemotherapy. In other cases, neuropathy induced by chemotherapy drugs may be permanent.
But it’s important to understand that even if your neuropathy symptoms aren’t curable, that doesn’t mean that the current level of pain and impairment is a permanent fixture in your life. That’s because there are ways to treat chemotherapy neuropathy that can significantly reduce pain and discomfort. For many patients, massage therapy is a key aspect of treatment.
Peripheral neuropathy induced by chemotherapy may have any of these qualities:
- Numbness, burning, or tingling in your feet, toes, hands, or fingers
- Shooting nerve pains
- Insomnia because of pain and discomfort
Here’s how massage therapy can help to reduce those problems.
In short, massage therapy means manipulation of the body’s soft tissues. One of the key features of massage therapy is its ability to improve blood circulation, which can reduce nerve damage in addition to relieving pain.
Massage therapy also helps you to relax, not just while you’re on the massage table but for days afterward. Relaxation is so important for neuropathy patients, because tension tends to make pain seem even worse. Being able to relax will also significantly improve your ability to sleep at night—which affects your quality of life significantly.
Massage therapy is just one form of the “complementary or alternative therapies” that we recommend for many patients with peripheral neuropathy. The best neuropathy treatment plans will often complementary therapies like massage, in addition to lifestyle changes, high-tech treatments like laser therapy, and appropriate medications.
To understand more about custom neuropathy treatment plans, please take a look at the “neuropathy owner’s manual,” I Beat Neuropathy!
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Diagnosed with a Hereditary Form of Neuropathy? Here’s How to Treat Longstanding and Progressive Nerve Symptoms.
If you have hereditary neuropathy, you may have received your diagnosis years ago in your 20s or 30s, or even in your teens. You’re probably already familiar with terms like these: HNPP (Hereditary Neuropathy with Liability to Pressure Palsies), Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, DSD (Dejerine-Sottas Disease), or HMN (Hereditary Motor Neuropathy).
You probably also already know the kinds of symptoms that these hereditary neuropathies can cause:
- Pain in the hands and feet
- Tingling or numbness, especially in extremities
- Weak and emaciated muscles in the legs and feet
- Problems sweating
- Deformities of the foot (such as hammer toes) or spine (such as scoliosis)
But what you may not know is the vast advancements in treating hereditary neuropathy that have been made over the past few years. Though your condition is not curable, it is in many cases highly treatable.
Here are the general types of hereditary neuropathy that we usually see in our clinics. People with sensory neuropathy have limited input from touch and the other “six senses” that we normally gather information about the world. People with motor neuropathies have limited mobility or range of motion. People with autonomic neuropathy have trouble with their bodies’ ability to efficiently regulate things like their heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and other body systems that normally take care of themselves without any input from us. And some folks have mixed neuropathies that affect more than one body system.
Genetic testing is the primary way to diagnose hereditary neuropathy, along with nerve biopsies and nerve conduction studies. All of these elements are needed for an accurate diagnosis. Your neuropathy specialist should also interview you for information about your family’s health going back two to three generations. It’s important to note that you might have a hereditary form of neuropathy even if you don’t know of anyone in your family with similar symptoms.
When it comes to formulating a treatment plan, keep in mind that hereditary neuropathy can’t be cured, but treatments are available to help you heal as much as possible and significantly improve your quality of life. Typically, your treatment plan should include several elements, including:
- Addressing any underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes
- Beneficial lifestyle changes, including nutrition and appropriate exercise
- Medication (in some cases)
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Other high-tech treatment options, such as laser light therapy
It’s vital to seek a diagnosis and treatment planning from a highly trained neuropathy specialist who can customize your treatment for your specific needs. Click here to find a NeuropathyDR® specialist near you.
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Have You Fallen For These Neuropathy Myths? Find the Real Facts Here.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there concerning neuropathy—what it is, what causes it, and most of all, what you can do about it.
In some cases, these neuropathy myths arise from confusion due to outdated information, misleading claims, and rumors perpetuated by neuropathy sufferers looking for a cure.
Take a look at the following neuropathy myths and the real facts known by current medical science, and decide for yourself.
Myth #1: Neuropathy pain happens naturally with age.
Neuropathy can happen to people of any age; it’s just a little more common in the senior population. And neuropathic pain is not inevitable with advanced age. Instead, it’s correlated with certain problems that can happen to older people, such as drug complications and metabolic issues. In fact, there’s plenty you can do to help prevent neuropathic pain from negatively impacting your quality of life as you get older.
Myth #2: My friend with neuropathic pain says that my symptoms can’t be neuropathy, because my pain is nothing like my friend’s pain.
Neuropathy can present with a variety of specific symptoms. These can include sharp pain, lack of normal sensation, unpleasant tingling, or inability to retain control over motor functions. Some individuals will have only one symptom, while others have multiple indicators of nerve damage. In the most severe cases, there can even be organ damage that impairs normal function. One person’s neuropathy may not look anything like another person’s neuropathic pain. That’s why it’s so important to get a diagnosis from a trained clinician with a background in treating neuropathy.
Myth #3: Only people with diabetes develop neuropathy symptoms.
It’s true that neuropathy is one of the symptoms commonly associated with diabetes. However, there are many other patients who are affected by neuropathy—including people in chemotherapy cancer treatment, people with minor physical problems like carpel tunnel syndrome, and those who have undergone an illness or injury.
Myth #4: There is a simple cure for neuropathy.
Unfortunately, although there are many websites and books out there claiming that they alone can provide a “cure” for neuropathic pain, the truth is that there’s no real cure. It’s also important to keep in mind that neuropathy looks different for every individual sufferer, so how could a website or book possibly offer a miracle cure for YOU and your individual pain? Any cookie cutter solution is likely to be a scam or just plain ineffective. Always talk with your physician before beginning any type of neuropathy treatment program.
Myth #5: If there’s no cure for neuropathy, then there’s no point in trying to treat my symptoms.
Actually, many neuropathy sufferers have been able to significantly improve their quality of life and even reduce the severity of their symptoms. There’s no “cure,” but there is a proven effective treatment regimen that blends home care and lifestyle changes with clinical treatment protocols to ease neuropathy pain.
You’ve already taken the first step by reading this article. An informed patient is a powerful patient! For more concrete, practical information about neuropathy and how you can turn your symptoms around, take a look at the neuropathy owner’s manual: I Beat Neuropathy!
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If Your Neuropathy Treatment Plan Is Based Entirely On Drugs, It May Be Time To Learn About Other Options.
Is your current doctor doing everything that can be done for your neuropathy and chronic pain?
Too often, the physicians who find themselves providing neuropathy treatment are well trained in their own specialties, or perhaps in general medicine, but not in treating neuropathy.
Unfortunately for neuropathy patients, doctors who aren’t trained in ALL of the treatment options available for neuropathy tend to rely heavily on the use of drugs to alleviate pain and discomfort. In fact, this is a global problem in healthcare today, with so many medical decisions being unduly influenced by the powerful pharmaceutical industry.
To be honest, this problem with excessive medicating actually goes back more than 30 years! It’s a tough one to combat.
In some cases, of course, medications can be very helpful and appropriate. But so many drugs have side effects and other factors that make their long-term use harmful.
Ideally, your neuropathy treatment plan will have a long-term component including many elements aside from medications. Many of the latest neuropathy treatments can work alongside your current drug regimen and eventually allow you to reduce or eliminate those medications altogether.
You’ve heard me say it before: The most basic elements of effective neuropathy treatment start with lifestyle changes that you can implement right away. Combine these at-home treatments with some of the best neuropathy treatment factors we know about today, and you have a powerful recipe for better health—not just in the short term, but over time as well.
With a thorough assessment and lifestyle treatment plan developed with a trained NeuropathyDR® clinician, you will be able to apply breakthrough neuropathy treatments like laser therapy and electrotherapy for relief from your symptoms.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to neuropathy pain that interferes with normal sleep, movement, and quality of life, then take your neuropathy treatment into your own hands with the neuropathy owner’s manual, I Beat Neuropathy!
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If You Are Experiencing Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms Following a Major Surgery, You Are Not Alone. Keep Reading to Learn Why This Happens and What You Can Do About It.
Recovering from surgery is always a bit of an ordeal. It can feel like a huge triumph just to avoid infection, wean off those post-surgery medications, and start feeling somewhat normal again.
Unfortunately, surgery can sometimes cause brand-new neuropathy problems, including:
- Nerve pain
- Extreme sensations of warmth or cold in the skin of extremities
- Inability to sense vibration or touch
- Burning or tingling in feet and hands
There are a lot of reasons why you could be experience neuropathy pain after surgery. Let’s take a look at three of the most common reasons.
First of all, the use of general anesthetic, especially prolonged use in lengthy surgeries, can cause hypoxia. This is a condition in which the anesthetic prevents certain types of nerves in your body from getting the right amount of oxygen, leading to damage.
In addition, nerve compression, leading to neuropathic pain, can be caused by conditions like carpel tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Experiencing neuropathy symptoms after a surgery that intended to alleviate these conditions could simply be a new awareness of existing symptoms that were not adequately addressed by the surgery.
The question is, now that you know you have neuropathy—a real condition, not something that’s “all in your head”—what can you do about it?
There are several steps you can take right now to alleviate your neuropathy pain.
First, make an appointment for a consultation with a trained neuropathy doctor who can accurately diagnose your nerve damage issues along with any global health problems (such as diabetes) that can exacerbate your symptoms. Trained NeuropathyDR® clinicians are knowledgeable in customizing available treatments to address your unique neuropathy symptoms and health needs.
Next, begin to educate yourself so that you can be your own most effective healthcare advocate. Learn all you can about neuropathy treatment, including home treatment options and beneficial lifestyle changes that can keep your symptoms at bay.
Be sure to check out our Self-Guided Care page to learn more about at-home peripheral neuropathy treatment options, including the FDA-approved NDGen Home Care Kit.
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You Are the Missing Link In Your Neuropathy Treatment If You Are Not Implementing This Self Care Component!
The best neuropathy treatment plan is a simple one. In part, that’s because the simplest plan is the one you are likely to follow… and you are the person most responsible for your health, even (or especially) when it comes to chronic pain and neuropathy.
When you become accountable for your own successful neuropathy treatment, you will empower yourself to make significant and beneficial lifestyle changes that are the foundation of good nerve health.
One example is the NeuropathyDR Diet, which is so straightforward that you’ll not only feel much better as you follow it, you’ll even save money on groceries! This diet supports other self care protocols that you can do at home, from neurostim to stretching and other gentle exercises.
The key is to make improvements every week that lead to a gradual but significant change in how you feel so that chronic pain and neuropathy symptoms are reduced over time.
Unfortunately, it’s easy to get off the self care track, especially this time of year. You’ll tell yourself that you’ll go back to the neuropathy treatment plan (diet, hydration, exercises) right after that party, or on New Year’s Day. It’s tempting to think that just a little cheat here and there won’t make a difference. You might even decide that taking a break from your self care protocol is being “kind” to yourself and that you “deserve” it.
The truth is, you deserve a life free from chronic pain and neuropathy symptoms.
What would you do to be rid of the numbness, tingling, and pain forever? What wouldn’t you do?
Ultimately, the state of your health is up to you. It probably took you years to enter a gradual health decline, and it takes time to significantly improve your health through an effective neuropathy treatment plan. Every act of self care, every single day, is what will get you there.
For more information about what you can do at home to supplement professional neuropathy treatment, take a look at our Self-Guided Care page.
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