“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise…”

“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise…”

“But, Doctor, It Hurts When I Exercise” is a commonly discussed issue with patients. If you struggle with neuropathy, complications from diabetes, post-chemo nerve pain, or any other painful medical condition, it can be really easy to just do nothing.

By now, everyone knows that exercise is good for you.

It helps to not only lose weight but keep your weight under control…

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Using bicycles and similar low-impact equipment can be very beneficial.

It strengthens your bones…

It improves your cardiovascular health…

It has even been shown to fight depression…

And if you happen to have diabetes, you know how important exercise is in managing your glucose levels.

But what do you do when your neuropathy or some other painful condition just makes it hurt to work out?

If you struggle with neuropathy, complications from diabetes, post-chemo nerve pain, or any other painful medical condition, it can be really easy to just sit around and do nothing.

Because it just hurts too much to be active.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are exercises you can do that won’t tax your painful joints or cause you more pain than you already have.

Here are a few exercises to consider that are easy on the body and only require gentle movements:

Yoga

Yoga will keep you limber and stretches the muscles in slow, easy, fluid movements. You can do it as slowly as you like. You don’t have to qualify as a Cirque Du Soleil acrobat to get the benefits of a good yoga practice. Just do the postures to the best of your ability. If it has been a while since you’ve exercised, don’t expect to be limber overnight. Give yourself time.

Yoga stretches the muscles and increases muscle strength simply by using the body’s own weight. No extra equipment, no extra weight on painful joints or swollen feet. Just what you already carry. That’s tailor made for people suffering from nerve pain.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a very slow moving martial art. Each and every movement is done slowly and through a complete cycle, works every muscle group in the body. Even though it is not a strenuous exercise program, the health benefits for your bones and muscles are undeniable.

Once again, Tai Chi uses the body’s own weight to strengthen the muscles. Your sore joints and swollen tissue aren’t subjected to increased weight. And because the movements are slow and fluid, no added pain from sore muscles to complicate the symptoms of neuropathy that you already suffer from.

Swimming

If your joints are so painful that walking is not a good option for exercise, try swimming. Your movements are easier in water and you will put little weight or pressure on your feet. Make sure that the water is warm, not cold. Prolonged exposure to cold water will have a detrimental effect on your circulation and make a bad situation worse.

Swimming is also a wonderful way to strengthen your cardiovascular system and do so without taxing your limited strength. If you suffer from pain in your legs and feet, the buoyancy of the water takes some of the pressure off your extremities. Just being in the water can provide some relief from the pain in your nerves.

Stretching

Stretching exercises are a great way to increase muscle strength without causing your tender nerves more pain. You can even stretch while lying in bed.

This is a good stretching program that will give you a good total body stretch without ever getting on your feet. Do each of these small stretches 6 or 8 times:

  • Start with your fingers and toes and gently stretch and contract them
  • Next, move to your wrists and ankles and make circles with the joints
  • Bend your elbows, bring your hands in to your shoulders
  • Bend your knees, one at a time, toward your chest
  • Bring your arms up to your ears and down, gently stretching your shoulder muscles
  • Raise each leg, keep it straight, and raise it as far as you can.

None of these stretches requires a broad range of motion but will increase the circulation in your arms and legs and work your joints.

Remember, you don’t have to over exert yourself to stretch your muscles and improve your circulation. When you deal with debilitating pain, just doing those two things can lead to great improvement in your overall health condition.

Start small, take it easy and do the exercise you choose at your own pace. Be gentle with yourself. The more you do even the smallest exercise, the better you are going to feel. And that’s the best way to ensure a good outcome from any neuropathy treatment.

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“My doctor says I have neuropathy, and I need to live with it.”

“My doctor says I have neuropathy, and I need to live with it.”

“My doctor says I have neuropathy, and I need to live with it. Is this true?” This is the most common question we receive every day both by telephone, and in the social media.

Unfortunately, most doctors in all disciplines are unprepared to answer that question. The fact the matter is we now know much more about effective neuropathy treatment than ever before. It takes a tremendous degree of training, education, and research for any of us in the healing arts to help our neuropathy patients.

So here’s the best advice I can give you today. Number one: take diligent care of any underlying and urgent medical problems first. For example, if you have diabetes, cancer, or heart disease, they must be managed in the best way possible.

Next, seek immediate care from physicians who will work with your other healthcare providers to give you the most effective home and clinic care during the time of your greatest need. And I don’t mean simply prescribing. I’m talking about taking corrective action wherever this is possible.

Third and perhaps the most difficult is to take a very hard look at your own health habits, which are often correctable. Diet and smoking are two big ones. Lack of regular activity, is another.

How can this possibly affect your neuropathy? The answer is very significantly!

We know for example that being just 10 or 20 pounds overweight will have a significant negative impact on your body. Cholesterol, blood fats, and blood sugar tend to be higher.

In many patients this alone over a long period of time is enough to cause neuropathy. Can it really be this simple? The answer is yes! But what is more challenging is learning the precise lifestyle, home care and dietary steps you should take on a daily basis. That’s why we are here! There is so much available for you in our videos books and resources and every day through our social media sites too!

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What Does The New Year Hold for You?

What Does The New Year Hold for You?

The beginning of the year is always the time that many people look forward to. After all, it’s kind of like Spring, where we get “New Chances”.Chances to compound upon the wisdom of our years, do some things better, do others differently while eliminating both stuff and activities which no longer serve us.

Make no mistake about it the impact of our choices seems to magnify with each passing year. And this is increasingly more apparent in a world which holds little room for error.

So the question I have for you is what will be different in the New Year? Your health, focus, lifestyle, and business activities? New experiences which help you grow?

Will you take advantage of all the new opportunities that are now before you? Will you spend all the time needed to be working on and improving the quality of your life and those around you? Hopefully the answer to all of these is yes!

Our team is ready to help you, IF you too are ready!

Whether it’s neuropathy, fibromyalgia, or some other form of chronic pain, our clinicians are the experts! Our treatment systems are unparalleled in both cost and efficiency!

So together, let’s make this New Year your best yet!

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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

Even if it’s not 100% clear on what the underlying cause, 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 #chronicpain & #neuropathy  on our website HERE

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Vitamin B6: Neuropathy Cause or Cure?

Vitamin B6: Neuropathy Cause or Cure?

Is vitamin B6 a Neuropathy Cause or Cure? Pyridoxine, or vitamin B6, could be both actually. Like all vitamins, vitamin B6 is an essential nutrient. But unlike other many nutrients, both too much and too little vitamin B6 can cause peripheral neuropathy.

The amount of vitamin B6 necessary to cause neuropathy widely varies. Some studies show it must be hundreds of milligrams or more per day. However, some patients will start to show signs of peripheral neuropathy at dosages above 50 milligrams per day. A commonly accepted safe dose is a maximum of 100 mg per day. The reality is, most of the time, patients need less than half of that.

We rarely prescribe more than 12.5 25 mg/day total in any form!!!

Much like the other B vitamins, vitamin B6 was discovered in the 1930s. It was also discovered that, like the other B vitamins, deficiency of B6 often manifests as a skin disorder first. Now, with modern biochemistry, we know much more about this key nutrient. The primary function of vitamin B6 is to allow our body to synthesize, or put together, large molecules, including proteins that make up the vast majority of our body tissues—including skin, muscles, and organs… and our nerves!

B6 is also essential for our body to manufacture compounds necessary for nerve health and nerve transmission.

Good plant based sources of vitamin B6 include many vegetables, nuts, bananas. However, cooking and improper storage of food can cause the vitamin B6 content to be depleted relatively easily.

Much like the other B vitamins, if you’re deficient in B6, you’re likely deficient in the others as well. This is why supplying these supplemental vitamins in complexes is usually best but usually at amounts far less than many over the counter supplements!

As you can see, nutrient balance is essential to your health. This is also why professional guidance with regard to dietary supplementation, especially in treating neuropathy and chronic pain, is well worth your while!

One other key thing to realize about vitamin B6 is it does have some excellent clinical uses. Two of the most classic usages are for tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as pre-menstrual syndrome.

*Because vitamin B6 can affect the metabolism of certain drugs, especially those administered for Parkinson’s disease, it’s very important that you share all your medications and dosages with your healthcare professionals on a regular basis.

So once again, you can see that the more you learn about nutrition, the more you are able to help yourself and those around you!

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Your Health and Vitamin B2

Your Health and Vitamin B2

Let’s talk about your health and vitamin B2. Do know what a vitamin is? By definition, a vitamin is something our bodies can’t make on their own so we must get from our diet. This also means vitamins are essential to life!

Deficiencies, poor absorption, or, sometimes just low vitamin levels due to diet and illnesses can make us feel just lousy. But sometimes they can make us sick—or even kill us!

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is a key player in neuropathy treatment too! This yellowish substance is easily destroyed by light. It’s found in leafy vegetables, almonds, beans and peas, organ meats, and mushrooms.  This is really important in neuropathy treatment, because B2 is a key co-factor.

Co-factors are non-protein chemicals that bind to or join up with larger molecules in the body to make them work. And in this case, the vitamin B2 co factors called FAD and FMN are responsible for a wide variety of key body functions. This is crucial universally but especially for neuropathy patients, because FAD and FMN help us burn or metabolize our food efficiently.

Although we need only a little every day, not getting enough, or not absorbing it due to intestinal issues can cause symptoms ranging from fatigue, to cracked scaly skin, and inflammation of the mouth and tongue.

In fact, one of the classic signs of deficiency is what’s called angular chelosis—where cracks appear at the corner of your mouth. This is critical to be aware of, because neuropathy can be associated with intestinal diseases, and things like colitis and alcohol abuse. Diabetes (so often part of neuropathy), heart disease, and taking some medications, including birth control pills, can raise the need for this key nutrient.

Higher doses of riboflavin are used to treat migraines and even some eye diseases. In neuropathy and pain treatment, we find B2 or riboflavin supplementation is often needed to provide maximum health benefits. As we have discussed many times before, our preferred general diet supplement is the fully balanced multi-nutrient available in our office or on-line called Metabolic Support Formula.

Lastly, always remember the foundation of good nutrition is obtained by following the free NeuropathyDR Diet Plan. This diet and lifestyle will also help you immensely to feel and look your very best!

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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

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About Thiamine or Vitamin B1

About Thiamine or Vitamin B1

Vitamin B1, or thiamine, is an essential nutrient. By essential nutrient, we simply mean that if we don’t consume it, as human beings, we can die. This frequently happens in alcohol abuse where it can lead to serious brain injury. In fact, Beriberi is a disease caused by thiamine deficiency. Fortunately, this is now quite rare in modern societies. It can, however, still be seen in certain parts of the world.

Beyond this, what’s most important to the neuropathy patient is the role B1 has in our health. One of the key things B1 does is help our cells, especially nerve cells, produce energy—and produce it more efficiently. Unfortunately, many people still do not get enough essential nutrients due to poor diet.

Typically, a poor diet is very high in sugar, as well as carbohydrates. Carbohydrates require thiamine to be metabolized (or readily used up), and high-carbohydrate diets can cause depletion. Milder forms of deficiency are still one of the most common causes of just feeling “blah”.

One of the things that is been particularly important in our neuropathy and pain treatment result is that certain forms of thiamine, most especially allithiamine, which is naturally occurring in crushed garlic, can have a profound effect on nerve cell function. Our pharmacists have compounded a special topical form called NDReGen Creme that we find very helpful in the pain of shingles, neuropathy and sometimes CRPS (Complex Regional; Pain Syndrome).

Some of the best natural sources of B1 include foods like asparagus, kale, cauliflower, and even oranges. Sunflower seeds and whole-grain rye are also good sources.

But one of the biggest mistakes too many patients make is to think that one single nutrient can heal us. This is only true in pure single nutrient deficiencies. Wouldn’t life be wonderful if it was that simple? This is why neuropathy and pain patients need to be very careful about which treatments and, especially which neuropathy treatment professionals they ask for help.

Sometimes, supplementing with vitamin B1 can be dangerous. If you suffer from cancer or certain other diseases, taking supplemental B1 in any form can create serious problems.

This is why it’s essential that you work with your physicians and continue to stay a well-informed patient.
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*As frustrating as it may be at times, we encourage you to learn as much about your underlying condition and treatment options as possible.

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