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
- 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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Ease the pain of neuropathy in feet with a simple yoga practice—even if you’ve never done yoga before.
Peripheral neuropathy can be an aggravating and chronic condition, and it’s tough to treat using traditional medications. But there’s a treatment you can do on your own—in a class, or at home—that can be very beneficial over time, and that’s gentle yoga.
Yoga isn’t just about spiritual growth or physical fitness anymore. Many neuropathy patients are finding that simple yoga poses can alleviate uncomfortable tingling or numbness in the fingers and toes. Best of all, many basic yoga poses are easy to learn and don’t require special equipment.
Some of the benefits of a regular yoga practice include:
- Increased circulation to the hands and feet. Many yoga poses use the pull of gravity to shift habitual blood flow patterns, particularly to the feet. (Don’t worry, this doesn’t require a headstand!)
- Improved body self-awareness. A regular yoga practice can help you connect with your body sensations and really notice what your body is telling you.
- Relaxation and peacefulness. A simple, non-strenuous yoga practice for 10 to 30 minutes before bed can help you relax and sleep better. Or, if you prefer, use yoga as a gentle wake-up practice in the morning to set a peaceful tone for your day.
In general, yoga is a wonderful form of self-care that can be modified for your own unique physical goals and needs.
If you have no experience with yoga, it’s best to begin with assistance from a teacher. You can look for a local “gentle yoga” class or use a beginning yoga DVD as a guide at home.
Here’s one very simple yoga technique to get you started with relief for your feet. Sit cross-legged with your shoes and socks off. Weave your fingers one by one through the toes of the opposite foot, and hold this position for about 20 seconds. Then, switch to using the other hand and foot. You may want to do this 2 or 3 times for each foot.
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Are you suffering from chemotherapy neuropathy? Let a NeuropathyDR® specialist help you today!
You could be suffering from peripheral neuropathy caused by the very same drugs that saved your life.
If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, your diagnosis was just the beginning of a long battle…
These are all weapons in your fight against a dreaded disease.
But what you may not have realized is that these treatments, especially chemotherapy, can have some serious side effects. Side effects in addition to the nausea, hair loss, etc., that first come to mind. If you’ve completed your chemotherapy treatment and you’re now suffering from:
- Tingling and/or burning in your hands and/or feet
- Pain in your nerves
- Loss of the sense of touch or an inability to feel vibration
- Temperature changes in the flesh –extremities that are excessively warm or cold
- Side effects from pain medication that cause insomnia or difficulty staying asleep
You could be suffering from peripheral neuropathy caused by the very same drugs that saved your life.
The good news is that your peripheral neuropathy can be treated. Many chemotherapy neuropathy patients are finding relief with combined therapies of
- Specialized NeuropathyDR® Treatment Center Care
- Nutrition Therapy
- Nerve stimulation therapy, such as the NDGen Family of Devices
- Laser and LED (LLLT)
The precise combination of these complementary therapies in NeuropathyDR® protocol can bring relief from your peripheral neuropathy and put you back on the road to a full life.
To understand the effectiveness and importance of these complementary therapies in treating your post-chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy, it helps to understand each piece of the therapy “puzzle”…
Manual Therapy by a Trained Professional
Chances are very good that if, in your pre-cancer life, you never suffered a sports injury or some other type of injury or accident, you may have never been treated by a highly trained chiropractor or physical therapist who uses specialty neuropathy care.
Traditionally, these professionals have diagnosed and treated injuries and illnesses affecting the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints. By employing a gentle manipulation of the spine and other joints, our professionals will assist your body in healing itself.
We use exercises, and manual manipulation of your joints and muscles to help realign the spine and put your bones and joints back into more natural movement.
Cancer patients are increasingly turning to chiropractors and physical therapists as their team to alleviate pain and the stress of not only their cancer but also the side effects resulting from their course of treatment. While this cannot prevent or cure cancer, it can help you deal with the symptoms and pain associated with cancer. By addressing a healthy spine and joints, proper treatment promotes a healthy nervous system and that’s a basic building block for regaining your pre-cancer health.
Your local NeuropathyDR® practitioner is a highly trained specialist and can design a personalized program around your needs to treat your peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
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If you’re taking chemotherapy to fight Neuropathy, Cancer or other Illnesses and you’re suffering from
- Loss of appetite
- Post chemotherapy peripheral neuropathy
- Dry mouth
You can help yourself heal without resorting to even more medication.
By giving your body the nutrients and vitamins that it needs for repair and recovery.
If you’re suffering from loss of appetite, telling you to eat may sound crazy but you have options. You can eat a healthy diet, with foods that are appetizing, and give yourself a head start on healing.
Nutrition and Cancer
Chemotherapy wreaks havoc on your immune system. You need to give yourself every ounce of immune support possible. A diet of whole foods that are easy on your sensitive digestive tract is your best option.
Get plenty of anti-oxidants and protein. Your chemotherapy nutrition plan must include foods rich in vitamins, especially vitamins C, D and E and nutrients like soy isoflavones, amino acids, folic acid, l-glutamine, calcium and carotenoids. Make sure you stay well hydrated (especially if you are nauseated) and forget about counting calories. Eat every calorie you can get your hands on – this is not time to worry about weight issues.
If you’re having problems with digesting food, invest in a good juicer. A juicer will make it easy for your digestive system to break down the food you take in and still get the nutrition your body desperately needs to build itself back up.
The Best Foods For The Chemotherapy Patient
To make it easy for you to remember which foods you need, here is a simple cheat sheet of foods that will ensure that your body is being well nourished while undergoing chemotherapy:
- Red cabbage
- Kiwi fruit
- Red and Green Bell Peppers
- Strawberries and tangerines
- Nuts, including almonds and peanuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Greens, especially collard greens and spinach
- Sweet potatoes
- Acorn squash
- Soy milk – might be easier to digest than regular milk because it’s lactose-free
- Dried beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Garbanzo beans
Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ clinician or other medical professional about diet planning to make sure that you’re getting everything from your food that you need to rebuild your immune system.
The Beauty of Herbs and Spices
Adding herbs and spices to your food will not only make them taste better (which is vital if you have no appetite), many herbs and spices have medicinal properties. Some really good options are:
- Ginger (natural anti-inflammatory properties)
- Garlic (natural anti-biotic properties)
- Mint (great for fighting nausea as well)
Again, talk to your NeuropathyDR treatment center about cancer recovery nutrition and diet planning. Sit down and formulate what you need to eat and gather recipe ideas that sound appealing to you. By working with your medical professionals and doing what you can on your own to rebuild your immune system, you will have a much better chance of recovery, both from your cancer and your chemotherapy treatment. By giving your body what it needs, you can also give yourself a better chance of fewer long term effects from post chemotherapy neuropathy.
Have this article handy for your next doctor appointment and take it with you when you go to the grocery store. It’s a great reference for planning your weekly diet and making sure you’re eating the right foods for chemotherapy recovery.
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Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?
∙ Dizziness and fainting when you stand up
∙ Difficulty digesting food and feeling really full when you’ve barely eaten anything
∙ Abnormal perspiration – either sweating excessively or barely at all
∙ Intolerance for exercise – no, not that you just hate it but your heart rate
doesn’t adjust as it should
∙ Slow pupil reaction so that your eyes don’t adjust quickly to changes in light
∙ Urinary problems like difficulty starting or inability to completely empty your bladder
If they do, you could have autonomic neuropathy. Especially if you have diabetes, your immune system is compromised by chemotherapy, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, lupus, Guillian-Barre or any other chronic medical condition.
You need to see a doctor immediately. A good place to start would be a physician well versed in diagnosing and treating nerve disease and damage, like your local NeuropathyDR® clinician.
What Is Autonomic Neuropathy?
Autonomic neuropathy in itself is not a disease. It’s a type of peripheral neuropathy that affects the nerves that control involuntary body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and perspiration. The nerves are damaged and don’t function properly leading to a break down of the signals between the brain and the parts of the body affected by the autonomic nervous system like the heart, blood vessels, digestive system and sweat glands.
That can lead to your body being unable to regulate your heart rate or your blood pressure, an inability to properly digest your food, urinary problems, even being unable to sweat in order to cool your body down when you exercise.
Often, autonomic neuropathy is caused by other diseases or medical conditions so if you suffer from
∙ Systemic lupus
∙ Parkinson’s disease
Or any number of other chronic illnesses, you stand a much higher risk of developing autonomic neuropathy. Your best course of action is not to wait until you develop symptoms. Begin a course of preventative treatment and monitoring with a NeuropathyDR® clinician to lessen your chances of developing autonomic neuropathy.
How Will My NeuropathyDR® Diagnose My Autonomic Neuropathy?
If you have diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDs or any of the other diseases or chronic conditions that can cause autonomic neuropathy, it’s much easier to diagnose autonomic neuropathy. After all, as a specialist in nerve damage and treatment, your NeuropathyDR® is very familiar with your symptoms and the best course of treatment.
If you have symptoms of autonomic neuropathy and don’t have any of the underlying conditions, your diagnosis will be a little tougher but not impossible.
Either way, your NeuropathyDR® clinician will take a very thorough history and physical. Make sure you have a list of all your symptoms, when they began, how severe they are, what helps your symptoms or makes them worse, and any and all medications your currently take (including over the counter medications, herbal supplements or vitamins).
Be honest with your NeuropathyDR® clinician about your diet, alcohol intake, frequency of exercise, history of drug use and smoking. If you don’t tell the truth, you’re not giving your NeuropathyDR® clinician a clear picture of your physical condition. That’s like asking them to drive you from Montreal to Mexico City without a map or a GPS. You may eventually get to where you want to be, but it’s highly unlikely.
Once your history and physical are completed, your NeuropathyDR® clinician will order some tests. Depending upon your actual symptoms and which systems seem to be affected, these tests might include:
∙ Urinalysis and bladder function tests
∙ Thermoregulatory and/or QSART sweat tests
∙ Gastrointestinal tests
∙ Breathing tests
∙ Tilt-table tests (to test your heart rate and blood pressure regulation)
Once your tests are completed and your NeuropathyDR® clinician determines you have autonomic neuropathy, it’s time for treatment.
Treatment and Prognosis
NeuropathyDR® clinicians are well versed in treating all types of peripheral neuropathy, including autonomic neuropathy. They adhere to a very specialized treatment protocol that was developed specifically for patients suffering from neuropathy. That’s why their treatments have been so successful – neuropathy in all its forms is what they do.
Autonomic neuropathy is a chronic condition but it can be treated and you can do things to help relieve your symptoms.
Your NeuropathyDR® clinician will work with you and your other physicians to treat your neuropathy and manage your underlying condition. They do this through:
∙ Diet Planning and Nutritional Support
You need to give your body the nutrition it needs to heal.
If you have gastrointestinal issues caused by autonomic neuropathy, you need to make sure you’re getting enough fiber and fluids to help your body function properly.
If you have diabetes, you need to follow a diet specifically designed for diabetics and to control your blood sugar.
If your autonomic neuropathy affects your urinary system, you need to retrain your bladder. You can do this by following a schedule of when to drink and when to empty your bladder to slowly increase your bladder’s capacity.
∙ Individually Designed Exercise Programs
If you experience exercise intolerance or blood pressure problems resulting from autonomic neuropathy, you have to be every careful with your exercise program. Make sure that you don’t overexert yourself, take it slowly. Your NeuropathyDR® clinician can design an exercise program specifically for you that will allow you to exercise but won’t push you beyond what your body is capable of. And, even more importantly, they will continually monitor your progress and adjust your program as needed.
∙ Lifestyle Modifications
If your autonomic neuropathy causes dizziness when you stand up, then do it slowly and in stages. Flex your feet or grip your hands several times before you attempt to stand to increase the flow of blood to your hands and feet. Try just sitting on the side of your bed in the morning for a few minutes before you try to stand.
Change the amount and frequency of your meals if you have digestive problems.
Don’t try to do everything all at once. Decide what really needs to be done each day and do what you can. Autonomic neuropathy is a chronic disorder and living with any chronic condition requires adaptations. Your NeuropathyDR® clinician knows this all too well and will work with you to manage your level of stress and change your daily routines to help you manage your condition and your life.
All of these changes in conjunction with medications, where needed, will make it easier to live with autonomic neuropathy and lessen the chances of serious complications. Early intervention with a NeuropathyDR® clinician is still the best policy if you have any of the underlying conditions that can cause autonomic neuropathy. But if you already have symptoms, start treatment immediately.
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