What Is RLS or Restless Leg Syndrome?

What Is RLS or Restless Leg Syndrome?

We do know that RLS can occur alongside peripheral neuropathy. Another place where RLS like symptoms occur is in patients who suffer from spinal stenosis. Likewise, patients with degenerative disc disease may also have RLS-like symptoms….

Very commonly, peripheral neuropathy is associated with profound sleep disturbance. In fact, sometimes this is what alerts the patient and the physicians that something is seriously wrong. Perhaps, you may have heard of RLS, or Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS is a condition that is very common, and just like peripheral neuropathy, is often associated with other disorders.

Most commonly, patients will feel the sensation of crampiness, or an urgent need to move their legs about. This usually occurs at or during the hours of sleep.

We do know that RLS can occur alongside peripheral neuropathy. Another place where RLS like symptoms occur in the clinic, is in patients who suffer from a condition called spinal stenosis. Likewise, patients with degenerative disc disease may also have RLS-like symptoms.

We do know that just like neuropathy, patients that suffer from kidney disease, diabetes, may be predisposed towards developing RLS. Patients who consume caffeine, or take calcium-channel blockers may also suffer from RLS.

Just like in peripheral neuropathy, RLS is not always confined to the feet. People can experience RLS-like symptoms in the upper thighs, or even the arms. Often, it is only movement, such as walking around, that stops the symptoms.

Although medication and dietary supplements like our magnesium often provides relief for some, it is important to pay attention to the factors that cause or worsen RLS and peripheral neuropathy. In this realm, treatments like spinal manipulation and traction are often of huge benefit along with nighttime use of the NDGen and
NDReGen WearableLaser.

Remember as we have written about extensively, one of the biggest things that aggravate both of these conditions is emotional stress and upset.

But here’s the kicker, sleep disturbance is the major negative health impact of RLS. You may also be aware that sleep disturbance is one of the surest ways to aggravate almost any underlying health condition which is why it’s crucial to use every tool available to help!

Next time, I will talk about some of the things you can do to ensure a more restful nights sleep that will help better manage your RLS, as well as peripheral neuropathy.

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Shot Gunning

Shot Gunning

“Shot Gunning” is a term applied in medicine when multiple therapies are used all at the same time. In pain neuropathy and pain treatment this can sometimes create additional problems.

As I’m sure you are aware, peripheral neuropathy can be a very frustrating condition to treat. One of the most frustrating things for both doctors and patients alike is where no clear neuropathy treatment plan is identified.

To avoid shot gunning we advise every therapy, every medication you take must be part of an overall treatment strategy.

Even if that strategy is a trial to see what works best for you! This is why those patients who become the most proactive in their personalized pain and neuropathy treatment programs always do the best.

So as frustrating as it may be at times, I encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and neuropathy treatment options as possible.Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause of your peripheral neuropathy is, 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 diabetic and other forms of #neuropathy HERE

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Working Together For Better Pain Management

Working Together For Better Pain Management

Unfortunately, no one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in.This is why we are working together for better pain management!

 

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It is vital with any new condition or injury to reduce pain quickly, and much it as much as possible with non-drug methods.

Deaths due to narcotic abuse are at an all time high. Unfortunately, this trend will not be reversed unless different steps are taken to manage the vast numbers of chronic pain and neuropathy patients in the world who suffer.

We’ve spoken extensively in the past about the two most common forms of pain. Most of us are very familiar with acute pain that is the pain of a cut, bruise, or even childbirth.

Fortunately, acute pain is relatively short-lived, and not imprinted firmly upon our nervous systems.

Chronic pain however has a way of becoming deeply embedded and tripped very easily, setting up deep circuits within the brain and nervous system, which can be difficult to change.

Unfortunately, no one medication or therapy is usually the answer once chronic pain has set in. With narcotics, each successive dose can be less effective than the previous, setting up the pathway for overdose and abuse.

The best alternative is to first jump on any new injury or illness with pain as soon as possible. It is vital with any new condition or injury to reduce pain quickly, and as much as possible with non-drug methods. This is why seeking therapy soon after injury or onset of a condition like shingles or neuropathy–or even headaches and back pain–can produce much better long-term treatment results!

This is also the time to use powerful non-drug treatment methods, including physical therapy modalities such as massage and manual therapy, and various forms of electric neurostimulation–and even laser therapy.

The most important take away from this discussion is to use every non-drug tool available as soon after the onset of injury or illness as possible.

This helps explain why our the NDGen Neurostimulator Kit can be so very powerful in helping avoid drug dependence.

In summary, anything you can learn to do to better manage your neuropathy and chronic pain with non-drug methods, especially early on will lead to a far better long term outcome!

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Why does my food taste so bland?

Why does my food taste so bland?

Why does my food taste so bland? Unfortunately, too many people are used to highly processed and salted foods, so their healthy diet may initially taste bland.

One of the things that we hear very often when getting patients to shift their diets is how to make fresh food taste great. Unfortunately, too many people are used to highly processed and salted foods. When we consume these foods over long periods of time, our taste buds often need adjustment when we begin to eat better.

Another factor of which a lot of neuropathy patients are unaware of is that good digestion begins in our mouths. It is important to understand especially as we consume more vegetables and complex carbohydrates that properly chewing of our food actually begins good digestion.

The good news is that proper digestion can actually make you feel a whole lot better!

Very often, in the neuropathy treatment clinic we see patients that have been diagnosed with chronic G.I. issues. This can include things like ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, or worse.

What we are eating is more important than you think!

Very often, these digestive issues are related to stress and years of poor diet.

It if you watch enough television or read enough magazines you would almost think this is normal.

The truth of the matter is that shifting your diet to more whole foods can result in some amazing changes, not the least of which is improvement in neuropathy symptoms. Of course, this is not the entire picture and all underlying neuropathy causes must be treated.

However, when neuropathy treatment patients shift their diets they often start to feel better than they have in years!

The reason for this is simple. Whole foods contain more water, fiber, vitamins and minerals. They are also high in critical antioxidants and other very important factors like the minerals sulfur and magnesium.

 

 

Consumption of specific vegetables like asparagus on a regular basis may even help your body detoxify faster and more efficiently.

One of keys to #paincontrol & #neuropathytreatment success is gradually improving your lifestyle and diet. Take advantage of all the information we have regarding food preparation.

In particular, listen to our radio interview with natural food chef and TV host Andrea Beaman. Andrea and I discussed together value of learning to use proper spices, as well as consuming local and fresh produce, wherever possible. You’ll find our nutrition plan HERE

One final word on diet and neuropathy treatment.

Make sure any dietary changes are done gradually.  And if you have any questions at all consult us personally!

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Simple Steps to Better Foot Care

Simple Steps to Better Foot Care

As you probably know, peripheral neuropathy most commonly afflicts the feet first. And most adults suffer from some type of foot problem as well. But there really are some simple steps to better foot care you can begin to do today!

How well do you take care of your feet?

Initially, better foot care comes something as a shock to most patients. Too many of us ignore our feet until we have a painful or debilitating disorder like neuropathy.

You see, foot pain and neuropathy is much more than pain, tingling and numbness.

Often times there are changes in sensation which affect your balance and your ability to walk normally. Commonly, the shape of your feet will change due to muscle weakness over time or after an injury. This why some of the orthotics you see above can be so very helpful.

There are also changes in skin texture. Patients with peripheral neuropathy and foot pain often find their feet become cold. Cracking of the skin becomes more common. Unfortunately, infections like toenail fungus can happen too. Foot ulcers can be devastating and lead to amputation or worse.

So let’s talk about some of the simple things that you can do on a daily basis to help proper foot care.

The first thing you can do is to make sure that your shoes fit properly. Do not ignore things such as overgrown toenails, which can affect proper shoe fit. If you’re diabetic, your nails should be professionally trimmed by a podiatrist at least once per month.

Next, consider using either light wool, silk or microfiber socks. These socks do not trap moisture, which can make infections and perspiration problems worse.

Finally, be very careful in your choice of bath and shower soaps. Be sure to thoroughly dry and visually inspect the tops and bottoms of your feet every day! There are natural products such as those containing Tea tree oil, which are beneficial in helping prevent athlete’s foot and common fungal infections.

In terms of care, we commonly advise use of our #NDGen, #wearablelaser and #orthotics all of which you can see in our clinics or HERE In Our Self-Care Store

Take better care of your feet every day, ask for our help early on and do not let issues go untreated or fester. and foot pain as well as #neuropathytreatment success will also be easier!

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Treating Diabetic Neuropathy

Treating Diabetic Neuropathy

One of the most difficult and frustrating things doctors and patients do together is treating diabetic neuropathy As you probably know, diabetes as well as #diabeticneuropathy, is on the rise. The reasons for this are many however it is widely agreed the most common cause is sugar and carbohydrate intake and the accompanying increase in BMI or body mass index otherwise known as weight gain.

Unfortunately, this is one neuropathy problem, especially in the early stages that is not treated aggressively enough. Too many patients are simply told to “lose a little weight”, get more exercise etc. without any meaningful specifics.

Worse yet, very common hospital-based diabetic nutrition programs are still far too high in carbohydrates, as are some very famous diet programs.This also includes some programs still prescribed by nutritionists who treat diabetics. In our opinion, this has perpetuated problems with weight control in diabetes.

We also see people eating so-called healthy diets, which are loaded with natural “sugars”. This commonly includes diets rich in fruits and grains. The most important thing to realize in the treatment of diabetes and its cousin metabolic syndrome is that carbohydrates in your diet must be significantly controlled.

This means that carbohydrates need to be restricted to approximately 15g-20g per meal or snack unless you are on insulin*. This often means no more than a half a slice of bread per meal with no other carbs, minimizing starchy vegetables, and eliminating sugars. The ONLY times to add more without going crazy is if you will be engaging in HEAVY exercise within the hour.

Now this also means you will need to work with your doctors and nurses to adjust your medication dosages, especially, if you are insulin-dependent. *Do not make these suggested changes without your doctor’s knowledge or consent.

Getting very strict about carbohydrate control and realizing that conventional nutrition approaches may not be enough to manage your weight, #diabetes, but most especially your chronic pain & neuropathy goes a long way towards helping you regain control of your health, and thus your life.

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Join us for more in depth help, #neuropathytreatmentsthatwork and learn lots more about diabetic and other forms of #neuropathy HERE

*You can also call or text our team at 781-659-7989 Just BE SURE to leave your full name, time zone and concerns.

**You can also download our free dietary guidelines (some patients report losing 50 pounds or more) HERE

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