There are many basic numbers that can affect your neuropathy treatment.
One of the most important things we get to do in the neuropathy treatment clinic is to teach patients about their most important neuropathy treatment numbers.
For example, if you suffer from diabetes or metabolic syndrome do you know what your blood sugar numbers are in the morning, and after meals? Are you rechecking them 3 to 4 times per day and recording these on excel sheet or graph paper?
Likewise, do you know your blood pressure, your height and weight, your BMI or body mass index?
These numbers along with critical laboratory values such as total Vitamin D and total Cholesterol levels are important to know, and monitor. These neuropathy treatment numbers also give you a benchmark.
For example, many times when treating neuropathy patients we find vitamin D levels are too low and cholesterol levels are too high. We start treatment programs to affect both of these. Unless you have your baseline numbers, you won’t know how effective your treatment is!
In neuropathy treatment there are some other things you need to keep an eye on. Your weight is an obvious one. This is something you should check the same time each week.
Another neuropathy treatment number to know is your blood pressure, taken first seated and then immediately upon standing. Your blood pressure normally should rise a little bit (10 points) upon standing. If not, it could indicate overmedication, dehydration, or possibly the development of autonomic neuropathy.
So what I would recommend you do is to keep a safe place for all these pieces of information. It’s easier now than ever with mobile devices.
Make sure you have the capability of sharing this information with your healthcare providers. Then, you’ll be able to work together on a more effective neuropathy treatment program.
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Autonomic Neuropathy: More Dangerous Than You Think
If you read our articles often, you know that we usually talk about peripheral neuropathy in terms of pain and inconvenience. We usually write about quality of life, but it’s also important to know about a much more serious element: the dangers of autonomic neuropathy.
Autonomic neuropathy is the term that means damage has been done to the nerves that control the automatic functions of your body. These functions include blood pressure, heart rate, bowel and bladder emptying, and digestion. When the nerves are damaged, these functions can start to behave incorrectly. It can be dangerous and even life-threatening when this happens.
If you have symptoms of nerve damage such as:
• Numbness or tingling
• Loss of motor control
• Sexual dysfunction
• Dizziness and sweating
• Loss of hot and cold sensation
You may also have more serious damage to the nerves controlling your organs. If you think you might, see a NeuropathyDR® clinician right away! Many cases of autonomic neuropathy accompany cases of peripheral neuropathy that have more easily-noticed symptoms. With autonomic neuropathy, your body can have trouble controlling your blood pressure, might not digest food correctly, or could have problems regulating your body temperature. These conditions are dangerous!
Don’t Be Confused!
Autonomic neuropathy isn’t a disease of its own, and it’s not caused by any one thing. You can be at risk of developing nerve damage if you suffer from injuries, if you’ve had an amputation, or even if you spend long amounts of time sitting still. Most commonly, autonomic neuropathy goes along with a disease or condition, such as:
• Cancer (specifically, chemotherapy)
• HIV or AIDS
If you have any of these, you are at risk. Don’t wait until you develop symptoms; see your NeuropathyDR® clinician before symptoms start. You could have damage threatening your organs that you can’t detect yourself, but your doctor can discover. If your NeuropathyDR® doctor catches neuropathy early, it can save your life and even keep you from having troubling and dangerous symptoms.
How Will Your Doctor Know If Your Organs Are In Danger?
Well, the first source of information is you. Make sure you answer your doctor’s questions about your lifestyle, exercise, diet, habits, and so on. Be honest! NeuropathyDR® clinicians are here to help, not to judge. Volunteer any information the doctor might not know, like medication you’re taking and any symptoms like the ones above you might have.
Your doctor will take your blood pressure and inspect your extremities (especially your feet) for signs of sores, infections, or sensation problems. It is possible he will conduct an ultrasound to inspect your organs in greater detail, or run tests on specific organs, such as your bladder. These are all perfectly routine, and do not necessarily mean there is a serious problem. Don’t forget: we want to catch any problems as soon as we can!
If There Is A Problem Threatening Your Organs, Your NeuropathyDR® Treatment Center Can Help!
Your doctor will make sure you’re taken care of the best way possible. For autonomic neuropathy, this can mean a couple of different treatments used together to keep you healthy. Several kinds of medications are available which will help slow the effects of nerve damage and reduce the symptoms.
Your doctor will also instruct you on ways to make your everyday routine more conducive for living with neuropathy. You may have to adjust your diet, and certain kinds of exercise may be more dangerous to people with neuropathy. Don’t worry, though! There are still lots of great foods you’ll be encouraged to eat, and you’ll be able to keep in shape the right way with the plan you and your NeuropathyDR® clinician develop together.
There’s no absolute cure for neuropathy, but NeuropathyDR® doctors and physical therapists are trained experts when it comes to the best ways to treat its different forms and keep you safe. If you have symptoms of neuropathy, or if you suffer from one of the conditions that contribute to it, don’t wait! The earlier we catch neuropathy, the safer and happier you will be. If you aren’t already in touch with a NeuropathyDR® clinician in your area, contact us and we will be happy to help you find one.
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Gastric bypass surgery has brought on a whole new subset of patients who suffer from G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy.
You finally bit the bullet and had gastric bypass surgery…
Or maybe you opted for the lap band…
Everything went really well with the surgery and now you’re back home and on your way to your new life and brand new you.
You started to lose weight almost immediately and you couldn’t be happier with the results.
You knew you’d have some side effects but you really didn’t expect anything you couldn’t handle.
But you never expected:
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Difficulty in swallowing because your esophagus no longer functions properly
• Inability to empty your stomach
None of these symptoms is pleasant. And what’s even worse is that they can last from days to weeks on end.
You knew you needed to take off the weight but it’s beginning to feel like it might not have been worth it.
They warned you about possible side effects but one they may not have mentioned could be causing one or several of your symptoms.
Your problems could be a result of Gastrointestinal or G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy.
Exactly What Does That Mean?
It means that your body is suffering from nutritional deficiencies caused by the lack of certain nutrients and vitamins. The bypass surgery or lap band procedure may have stopped your body from taking in too much food, but it also substantially reduced the amount of nutrients and vitamins you’re getting from your food.
You no longer take in enough food with the nutrition your body needs. When that happens, the body begins to break down. One of the many issues you can develop due to what is basically malnutrition is G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy. The nerves, specifically the Vagus Nerve is damaged by the lack of nutrition and it begins to malfunction. That means difficulty in digesting food, difficulty in swallowing, an inability to eliminate waste properly…
Basically an inability of the digestive system to do anything it was designed to do.
Before the advent of gastric bypass surgery and lap band procedures, most people who developed G.I. Autonomic neuropathy or other types of neuropathy were diabetics, alcoholics or they live in countries where malnutrition was common.
Now gastric bypass surgery has brought on a whole new subset of patients who suffer from G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy.
The Nutrients You Probably Lack
G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy is usually caused by deficiencies in:
• Vitamin B1 or Thiamine
• Vitamin B3
• Vitamin B6
• Vitamin B12
• Vitamin E
- Trace elements including cobalt which can cause permanent spinal cord damage
Many of the symptoms caused by your G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy can be lessened and possibly even controlled by a healthy diet and management of whatever underlying condition you have that could be contributing to your neuropathy.
What If You’re Not a Gastric Bypass Patient But You Have These Symptoms
What if you haven’t had gastric bypass or lap band surgery but you still have the symptoms we talked about above? If you have
• A history of alcohol abuse
• Hepatitis C
• Crohn’s Disease
• Celiac Disease
And you’re having the problems we discussed above contact your doctor immediately. Ask him to test to make sure that you are indeed suffering from nerve damage that could be linked to any of these causes. Once that diagnosis has been made, ask them about treatment options.
A highly skilled medical professional well versed in diagnosing and treating nerve damage is your best place to start for treatment of your G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy. * Lab testing is essential in bypass patients on a regular basis.
An excellent place to start is with a NeuropathyDR clinician. They have had great success in treating patients with your symptoms using a multipronged approach that includes:
• Care and correction for your muscular and skeletal systems
• Treatment for any underlying medical problems
• Nutrition education and diet planning
• A step by step exercise regimen
• Medication as needed or necessary
If you have a confirmed diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Autonomic Neuropathy or think you may have it, you don’t have to just live with it. In fact, just living with it could be downright dangerous due to intestinal blockages, continued malnutrition, etc.
Contact us today for information on how G.I. Autonomic Neuropathy can be treated, your suffering, Find a NeuropathyDR Clinician via office visit or Telemedicine HERE.