Self-Diagnosis is a Dangerous Game

Self-Diagnosis is a Dangerous Game

Self diagnosis is a dangerous game more and more have engaged in, especially in certain on-line groups and forums. In some ways, the Internet has been a blessing in terms of the availability of medical information. This can be helpful if you suspect that you have a cold, or a mild skin rash, or poison ivy.

Where it’s not helpful, and may be very harmful indeed, is when you rely entirely on the Internet for self-diagnosis of serious health concerns.

This of course is related to many disorders —including heart disease, abdominal pain, diabetic neuropathy and so much more.

When we attempt to self-diagnose and self-treat these conditions, we are often preventing a truly helpful evaluation by a trained physician that could potentially prevent additional damage and substantially improve our quality of life

We’ve talked to so many patients who delayed seeing a physician because they wanted to save money. They inevitably tell us that they regret the wasted time and the long-term expense caused by increased damage and all that it entails.

Talking to a physician now is easier than anytime in the past due to the growth of Telemedicine appointments and virtual care to get you started.

When you are dealing with pain and especially neuropathy related to diabetes, chemotherapy treatment, and other serious conditions, it’s so important to think long-term. Neuropathy isn’t just an annoying side effect. It is a degenerative condition that will get worse over time and often complicates other health concerns.

You may have learned that self-reliance and “pulling yourself up by your bootstraps” is a good thing. In the case of many symptoms however, the worst thing you can do is spend time on-line trying to diagnosis and treat yourself.

When we say that self-treatment and home care is important, we’re referring to lifestyle elements and home care systems. Those which can be supported by us that complement the medical therapies recommended for you by your physicians obviously are best.

Self-treatment is an important component of  treatment, AFTER a clinical diagnosis. Anything else is just a delaying tactic—one that could severely impact your health, not just today but years from now.

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The Winding Road of Chronic Pain

The Winding Road of Chronic Pain

The Winding Road of Chronic Pain

Written by: Carol Jeffrey

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We’re traveling down this windy, crazy, hazardous road of chronic pain. Often we’re speeding in the darkness with our headlights off, violently crashing into unseen obstacles. We shake off and often minimize the damage caused by these collisions. But if we don’t attend to these damages as they occur…our vehicle will soon be totaled.

Wildly we slip and slide out of control in the storms that overwhelm us. So we pull over, rest and wait for the storm to pass. But if the storm lasts too long, we stop clearing the windows, and cease to look if the sun has reappeared. This type of apathy is a slow and silent killer of hope.

Bridges often crumble beneath the weight of our burdens. This type of loss and isolation is one of the greatest hardships of chronic pain. If we are to avoid being stranded on an isolated island, and trapped in a deep dark pit of depression…survival requires us to adapt, learn new skills, maintain healthy relationships, and build connections to life.

We easily see when others are in need, and graciously pull over to offer assistance. After all, this is a welcomed distraction from our own painful journey…but lets not make it a road-stop. While it’s easy to identify needs and solutions for others, it’s equally as difficult to acknowledge our own need for fuel or repair. Our engines will cease to run, if we allow our ego to fill our gas tank with gallons of guilt, instead of letting another fill us with fuel.

At times we’re impatiently and painfully held up in surgical construction or we may find ourselves on a needed detour learning new paths that promote health. Pit stops are required, to clear the windshield, change the tires, tweak the engine so that we may travel with optimal performance. Maintenance and checking our route is essential for a less burdensome journey.

We are not alone in our chronic pain journey, for our doctors, friends and family are passengers…who’s needs also need to be acknowledged. It’s easy to forget that it’s a challenging and painful journey for them as well.

We are in control of our life and choose whether the pain steers us wildly off of a cliff or whether we take control of our vehicle and steer it in the path of our desires.

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What About Laser Treatments?

What About Laser Treatments?

Laser has been around since about 1960 or so when a now famous scientist produced these “focused light beams” in the laboratory. Laser treatments in some forms have actually been used in medicine for many years.

Now, lasers are everywhere, everything from CD Players, printers and measuring devices to military weapons. I’m sure you may even have seen a few of your own! These ultra focused light beams can be used at high intensity to seal tissue, aid surgeons dentists and dermatologists in their daily work with patients. And at lower intensity, they have had applications in pain and neuropathy treatment for some time too.

So what does laser have to do with neuropathy and pain treatment? Well, it could be that laser treatments are the “missing link” in some forms of neuropathy and pain treatment! One of our basic attempts in neuropathy and pain treatment is to do whatever can help safely and effectively boost our cells use of “energy”. Well, along with proper nutrition and electrotherapy, laser may aid energy production in damaged nerves. The way this may happen is fascinating, but way beyond the scope of this column.

No treatment works 100 percent of the time. And that is a key point to remember. Nowhere is this more apparent than in laser treatments for neuropathy. Even amongst laser treatment experts there’s often disagreement as to what makes good neuropathy and pain treatment. But some techniques and equipment are proving very effective while others are a complete waste! And this is exactly why we now have so many types of laser treatments available.

This even includes an home laser treatments you can actually sleep with to improve your laser treatment results for pain and perhaps wound healing as well.

The good news is more experience and research including our own is helping us find even better laser treatments than we have available today!

Always remember though, our team members go to great lengths every day to be sure we are up to date in the latest, and best forms of laser treatment for you and your family!

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What Causes Neuropathy?

What Causes Neuropathy?

Are you recently diagnosed and wondering what causes neuropathy? If so, you are not alone. According to multiple sources, over 20 million people in the United states suffer with neuropathy. An estimated 60-70% of all diabetics eventually suffer with some neuropathy. Since diabetes is one of the most prevalent disease processes affecting 29 million plus Americans, neuropathy pain will continue being a major problem.

Diabetes is a big contributor to the neuropathy population, but it’s not alone. For instance, chemotherapy and toxin induced neuropathy. But, there are many others. Here are just a few of the other possible causes of neuropathy pain:

  • autoimmune disorders
  • vascular problems (poor blood flow)
  • some infections and viruses
  • nerve pressure from swollen tissues secondary to hormonal imbalances, tumors, etc.
  • physical injury
  • diabetes
  • chemotherapy
  • toxins
  • and more

How to Treat the Multiple Causes of Neuropathy

As you can see, it’s not a simple question about what causes neuropathy. Though, there are many causes, the symptoms and treatments are similar, but not exactly the same. Our NeuropathyDR treatment centers treat each patient as the individual they are.

In order to assure patients are treated in the best possible way, each patient is evaluated on a case by case basis. Then, we act from all angles to minimize and control the neuropathy and its associated pain. Those treatments consist of options including neurostimulation, dietary changes, nutritional support, laser therapy, massage, physical therapy and more. Our highly trained team of providers put together just the right treatment plan for you.

We care for you, not just your neuropathy. It’s our mission to help our patients live a happier, healthier, fuller life. Our teams use a holistic approach to caring for the whole you.

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Feel free to reach out to our team with any questions you may have. We will be here for you. Call today 339-793-8591 or email us, if you prefer at neuropathydoctor@gmail.com.

Beyond Conventional Neuropathy Treatment

Beyond Conventional Neuropathy Treatment

Ask yourself if “conventional” neuropathy treatment alone is making you better?

First (you probably already know this), medicines alone have been the primary or conventional neuropathy treatment. There are a lot of medications used to treat neuropathy and nerve pain. Treatments are essentially the same no matter the cause. Most current drug treatments are directed at altering nerve, brain, and pain receptors.

Do you still wonder, “Okay, so again, am I going to feel better?” Great question!

Can Conventional Neuropathy Treatment Cure Me?

Unfortunately, there is no known “cure” for many forms of neuropathy and nerve pain. However, there is much more beyond a medication only approach.

The biggest problem is, not enough patients and doctors are aware of new and often effective available treatments. This is one area our research is beginning to change.

Here’s a post about a holistic approach and moving beyond conventional neuropathy treatment, if you’d like to know more.

To provide the best care for our neuropathy and nerve pain patients, we usually have to embrace other options. Here are a few reasons why it’s so important to use the multiple modality approach.

  • Better pain relief
  • Less medications are often needed
  • Less side effects
  • Improved quality of life

These four reasons alone are enough, but there are others.

Here at NeuropathyDR that is part of our mission. We inform patients and doctors of evolving treatment options. Knowledgeable experts more and more use a variety of treatments to help neuropathy and nerve pain patients feel better, and lead a better life.

The key takeaway we’d like to share is, the choice is yours.

What can you do? Inform yourself, do your research, and know your options.

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