Maintaining adequate hydration can help you suffer less chronic pain and yes less neuropathy pain too!
Almost invariably when we see a new chronic pain patients in our practice, we discuss health habits and we find that more often than not, failure to drink adequate amount of water is almost universal.
So why is that?
Why would not drinking enough water tend to cause more widespread pains? There are several reasons and the answers are not complicated.
You see the vast majority of our body is made of water. Blood and all the critical fluids keep us functioning like well-oiled machines.
Our kidneys, brain, and all our other vital organs use these fluids to communicate and also perform daily purifications.
Yet most of us don’t pay nearly enough attention to this key fact.
So rather than going through our days drinking fluids, most especially water that will keep our blood and fluid volumes high, we tend to over consume caffeine, or worse yet soft drinks, and perhaps even alcohol which depletes our water reserves even further.
If we don’t drink enough water we can suffer an impaired ability of our vital organs like kidneys and liver that help rid our bodies of toxic wastes. These toxic wastes can make us stiff sore and uncomfortable.
If you already suffer from neuropathy or chronic pain, becoming even slightly dehydrated will make you feel a whole lot worse.
So how much water do you need to drink?
In the absence of kidney or heart disease, the proverbial eight glasses a day is about right.
A more accurate consumption is approximately half your body weight in ounces in a 24-hour period. This is not 100 percent accurate but it’s a darn good approximation.
There are of course other factors which may require more or less water consumption.
This of course includes how much you perspire, the outside air temperature, and yes even the humidity.
So for example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you’d be consuming approximately 100 ounces of water during the course of the daily 24-hour period. That may sound like a lot, but it’s under a gallon in 24 hours.
As always you need to work with your doctors on your own personal medical issues that you may have questions or concerns about.
You may want to ask for the simple blood tests which measure your electrolytes and relative hydration.
Working together maintaining adequate hydration can help you suffer less chronic pain and yes less neuropathy pain too!
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Neuropathy self-treatment often includes self prescribed medication.
If you felt better, you would change your outlook on things pretty quickly.
While beginning to take a hard look at your own self-care, one of the most important things to do is some form of effective pain control that does not create potentially damaging side effects.
How, you might ask is this possible?
By applying some more simple solutions wherever possible.
The reason this is so important is that too many patients will blow off early warning signs in many illnesses and attempt to self-treat. Often times this self-treatment includes some form of self prescribed medication regimen.
Numerous over-the-counter products are tried often to little or no avail.
Yet silently they could be creating liver or kidney damage. Here’s the most common example.
Did you know that acetaminophen is the number one cause of liver failure?
This is one of the reasons that patients often times will consume multiple preparations and prescription that otherwise contain this compound. Sometimes patients fail to discuss with their physicians which over-the-counter medications they are taking, thinking they are insignificant.
Nothing could be further from the truth, as many professionals prescribe pain products that also contain acetaminophen. In the beginning they may help you feel better but the long-term side effects are devastating unless closely monitored.
So we suggest the very FIRST thing rather than last is the application of these critical pain control measures.
As simple as it sounds a tightly carbohydrate controlled (sugar, soda and sweets elimination) diet can really make an enormous difference. The reason for this is that even borderline elevations of blood sugar over time can make you stiff, sore and predisposed towards inflammation and the resulting internal pain.
Whenever necessary, professionally supervised oral and topical medications, which may be decreased or limited over time can be applied with, in clinic strategies and at home tools like Neurostim.
Although not an overnight cure, many patients who employ these NeuropathyDR strategies especially under supervision do incredibly well!
Remember it takes years to get ill, and a long time to turn things around or recover.
The sooner you begin a more diligent self-care program the sooner you will see the results no matter what caused your peripheral #neuropathy #fibromyalgia or other #chronicpain.
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Vitamin B1 has beneficial effects on neuropathy.
If you follow our series of nutrition articles and yes our regular articles, you know that we frequently talk about the importance of vitamin B-1. But you may not know that thiamine or vitamin B1 occurs in several different forms.
Vitamin B1 is hugely important. It helps our bodies indeed, it helps every cell to produce energy more efficiently. It also can have a very significant effect on lowering blood sugar, stimulating mental alertness, and having a calming effect on the nervous system. In fact thiamine is the key nutrient given to alcoholics who are withdrawing.
The most common form in dietary supplements is thiamine hydrochloride. And for most patients this is the most common form that is consumed. It is relatively inexpensive and tolerated well by most patients. One of the disadvantages however is that it can cause stomach upset.
There are different forms of vitamin B1 that have been available for some time. One in particular is in the synthetic form called benfotiamine and has been used in Europe and Japan for over 30 years for the treatment of nerve pain and related conditions.
There is however even a slightly different form that is naturally present in sulfur containing plants. Its chemical analog is now synthesized. One of these is called Allithiamine with an A. This unique substance is at least in part of what is responsible for the natural odor of garlic and onions.
Now it is not a perfect substance. It has a characteristic odor, which some people find highly objectionable. *We do not know enough about its long-term usage and extreme caution is advised in giving it to any patient who has a history of cancer or a metastatic disease.
But what we do know is this; conditions including neuropathy that benefit from the beneficial effects of vitamin B1 oftentimes respond very well to Allithiamine, both in tablet and cream form.
What most people undergoing effective neuropathy treatment have discovered is that when they begin to use it, they won’t use anything else!
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Vitamin C is important to neuropathy patients as is it does help our bodies rid themselves of toxic substances.
Vitamin C is another key player in health and nutrition. In fact, just like Vitamin A which we discussed a few days ago vitamin C is absolutely essential to cell health, replication, and repair.
Perhaps you are already familiar with some of the key functions of vitamin C. You probably know you can shorten recovery times from infections like the flu and colds.
Like vitamin A, vitamin C has a significant role in bolstering our bodies immune system.
But more than this Vitamin C takes part in many key biochemical reactions throughout the entire body. If we consume less vitamin C than we need on a daily basis, our blood vessels can become fragile and our body will begin to break down very quickly.
This was the lessons learned at sea many years ago when sailors developed survey, the Vitamin C deficiency disease.
Vitamin C is absolutely essential for collagen and tissue repair-collagen, is the substance that binds together our skin, and ligaments, muscles, joints etc. This is one of the key reasons that vitamin C applied to the skin can help improve its tone, texture, and resistance to environmental factors.
Just like all nutrients however too much of a good thing is not necessarily better. The maximum amount of vitamin C that should be taken on a daily basis is probably around 2000 mg. and this amount should probably only be continued for a relatively short periods of time. There are of course exceptions, and each patient is different.
This is why you should work with your clinician when formulating your precise nutrition plan.
If you’re following the NeuropathyDR Diet and Lifestyle Plan, it is unlikely that you’ll be deficient vitamin C. The simple reason for this is that you’ll be consuming a fair amount of fresh vegetables and small to moderate amounts of fruits. Many of these are naturally high in vitamin C. The better quality food, the higher the vitamin content.
This is why you must learn to shop wisely and store your food carefully.
Perhaps one of the key reasons that vitamin C is important to neuropathy patients is it does help our bodies rid themselves of toxic substances. These could be anything from natural breakdown products in the body to substances we encounter in our environments.
The net result however is adequate amounts of vitamin C ensure that these critical functions happen, and will help to keep you not only feeling, healing well but also looking your very best!
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One of the biggest misconceptions is that Neuropathy is just one disorder.
Nothing, and I mean nothing could be further from the truth.
You see, there are so many different things that can induce the various forms of peripheral neuropathy.
The most common form of neuropathy is related to lifestyle and obesity.
This is called metabolic syndrome. As a society we have become larger and less mobile so were seeing many more patients with this affliction.
But that still leaves 50% with neuropathy from other disorders some, indeed very serious and possibly life threatening.
The reality is neuropathy can and does develop from simple things such as a nutrient deficiency like vitamin B12, vitamin D or even cancer.
They’re also significant numbers of patients who have toxic exposures and who develop neuropathy. These toxic exposures could include anything from certain medications to cigarette smoking to occupational exposures.
This of course means your most important first task is to have a thorough evaluation by a professional who truly knows the depth of neuropathy and it’s causes. Unfortunately, too many physicians and therapists are ill informed, in our opinion often not nearly thorough enough.
So is a neuropathy cure possible?
The answer is yes but that of course depends upon what caused it. This also means identifying correctable causes early on is key.
Despite this fact however there are issues that are equally common amongst many forms of neuropathy.
The most important thing that you need to understand is the better care you take of yourself, the better your prognosis.
For most patients this means cleaning up their diets, oftentimes losing a significant amount of weight, eliminating potential neuropathy irritants such as artificial sweeteners and highly refined foods. It also means eating more vegetables and limiting all forms of sugar and sweeteners.
Wherever possible adding exercise, physical therapy, and using the tried-and-true methods of treatment including specialized neural stem and other therapy where available.
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Many patients with peripheral neuropathy discover is that weight loss can accelerate healing, reduce pain, and dramatically improve quality of life.
Amazingly, one of the things that most patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy discover is that weight loss can accelerate their healing, reduce their pain, and dramatically improve the quality of their life.
Now, this is true for many forms of peripheral neuropathy, especially those associated with diabetes or metabolic syndrome.
The reasons for this are many.
But here are three reasons why you should consider weight loss if you suffer from neuropathy, or ANY form of chronic pain.
Number one: Being even as little as 10 to 15 pounds overweight can help create an inflammatory environment in your body. Inflammation causes pain, which sets the stage for more devastating diseases.
In fact, I have had patients present to my practice with significant widespread aches and pains, whose only medical issue was being overweight. Their inflammatory blood markers (CRP), much like those who suffer from inflammatory arthritis and other devastating diseases, are often significantly elevated.
An inflammatory environment in our bodies helps create symptoms including achiness, fatigue, and other bothersome issues—which many patients simply accept as normal.
Being even a little overweight will also aggravate any underlying pain syndromes, like peripheral neuropathy. Simply by losing weight, you can correct much of this pro-inflammatory situation!
Second, you probably already understand that being overweight makes it much more difficult for you to maintain normal blood and blood sugar levels. Elevations in both of these, especially triglycerides and blood sugars over many years, can lead to the development of, or worsening of, peripheral neuropathy.
The third, and perhaps most powerful, reason to consider weight loss is, by losing weight, we significantly reduce our risks of devastating diseases including diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.
As we recently published, the NeuropathyDR diet solution is one that is very effective.
In fact, we’ve had patients tell us they lose as much as 5 to 8 pounds in just several days after beginning and following our diet. In case you missed it, you’ll find that at http://neuropathydr.com/the-neuropathydr-diet.
One of the last, and most compelling, reasons to consider weight loss is, like most patients, you’ll likely experience more energy, less fatigue, drop your blood pressure, and perhaps even improve other conditions without more drugs, including health issues such as fibromyalgia and sleep apnea.
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