Perhaps the most frustrating, but real issue surrounding patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and many types of chronic pain is that more often than not, there are often multiple underlying causes.
As you know, life is an accumulation of experiences—sometimes, unfortunately, including trauma and illnesses.
All of these things have consequences, some of which will not show up for many years. You probably also know that things that are very easy to ignore at 25 now become impossible to ignore at 65 and beyond.
One of the issues that concerns me while treating many neuropathy patients is when clinicians and patients focus exclusively on trying to find the “one” cause of their pain, burning, tingling numbness or other neuropathy symptoms.
The reason for this is quite simple. Most commonly, patients develop peripheral neuropathy as the result of multiple underlying causes.
For example, a common scenario is an overweight smoker who had a history of back surgery. Perhaps they are overweight or pre-diabetic, or have used some medications (commonly statins) known to cause neuropathy. These are some of the many multiple underlying causes we find in patient histories every day.
The reality is, all these things are risk factors for the development of chronic pain, and often peripheral neuropathy.
So, unless all these multiple underlying causes are addressed, the patient is unlikely to significantly improve.
Worse yet is when doctors and other caregivers are not familiar with this all-too-common scenario.
We honestly believe this is the reason why so many patients receive symptomatic prescriptions, yet no constructive advice on how to manage, let alone possibly beat, their peripheral neuropathy.
So the best advice we can give you is to try and understand everything that may be contributing to your current situation.
Also understand how very important it is NOT to delay proper treatment. The longer the delay, the more difficult peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain becomes to manage.
We find this is also why the biggest neuropathy treatment successes come when implementation of EARLY effective pain & neuropathy treatment, including neurostimulation (NDGen(R)), manual and massage therapy, laser (LLLT/LED) therapy, can have a profound impact on our patients’ outcomes, no matter what the multiple underlying cause(s) might turn out to be.
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One of the most frustrating things for patients and doctors alike is not having adequate treatment plans for patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain. We find most of the time with our new patients there has never been a real treatment system put into place.
When a piecemeal approach is taken both by patients and their professionals early on, and the net result is failure, or possibly worsening of the underlying neuropathy and chronic pain. Commonly this is the result of a number of factors and too often it’s failure to follow up on early milder issues.
But the good news is when specific formulas are followed, you know what to expect, and we then can know how to measure your progress.
For example, most patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy know when they keep their blood sugars within a healthy range, their neuropathy and chronic pain improves.
Conversely, when blood sugars are out of control, most often due to poor diet the net result is poor.
And the same holds true for other many other health issues. For example having a personal treatment system including scheduled exercise, a firm diet plan (Get Yours HERE) as well as daily stretching and rest can make a profound difference.
The timing of dietary supplements, and even medications can make a big difference. We know for example that regularity, in terms of time of day and spacing of dosages can make a huge difference for many patients.
We also know that when treating with the NDGen treatment system at specific times makes a huge difference and leads to bigger improvements in quality of life.
So if you find yourself not progressing as much as you would like, let us help you develop a real treatment system or “game plan” for yourself.
Remember no two patients are the same. Some trial and error is necessary to find out what works best for you.
But the good news is having a treatment system to follow provides for more measurable results!
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If you’re reading this, you likely already understand that so much of getting better when faced with a serious health issue and especially neuropathy and chronic pain is a do-it-for yourself project. And you likely realize a better self care plan can be a BIG piece of the puzzle.
It is also unrealistic for any doctor to say or any patient to assume that his or her own self-care does not have a major impact on their health, and yes of course recovery from any illness.
Because so many people find the topic so overwhelming, what I suggest is that you start by making very simple list. This is step one of your better self care plan.
For example, do you have the more common known risk factors that can cause or aggravate your health problems? This includes things like cigarette smoking, being as little as 10 to 20 pounds overweight, being inactive or sedentary, and consuming too much alcohol?
Do you now have to take more medications because your diet has been so poor?
You see all of these things can aggravate most health issues especially when neuropathy and chronic pain become part of them.
Perhaps there are genetic or family issues, which you cannot change completely.
But could you do a better job of taking care of yourself?
Could you walk more, stretch every day at least once, take your advised supplements and follow a plant based diet plan, and watch the timing and composition of your meals?
Are you using the NDGen® or wearable laser treatment devices you bought from us?
Could you do a better job of working on your stress, your high blood pressure and migraines?
Are you regularly exercising, and taking “time-outs” every day for meditation or prayer?
You see where I am going. One of the most important things you can do right now is to make a better self care plan list for yourself. Share this only with yourself and your health care professionals.
And then, choose just one thing to work on today!
Rather than becoming overwhelmed, it is much more productive to focus on one change at a time. Once that change has been activated, move onto the next. And so on, one day at a time.
When you start behaving in this way, you’ll likely find a better self care plan can improve results, and provide greater success when working with our treatment professionals!
This is after all is why many hundreds more patients are joining our ranks every week, and we so thank you for being part of our extended family!
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Lets Make The Most Accurate Diagnosis First. We have been teaching patients and professionals this for many years. Here is one example why.
Recently, I had the opportunity to read an article written about pain & neuropathy treatment. This article was written directly for patients.
Now maybe you even saw this yourself. It has been widely publicized as a “neuropathy treatment solution” in a bottle.
As I read through the article I couldn’t help but think of the patients I’ve seen in my clinic that have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, or another named condition when in fact they have also have another serious underlying health problem.
Unfortunately, this is not at all uncommon. I recently had this discussion with another doctor who repeated the same thing to me.
The fact of the matter is not every patient with a diagnosis or cause of their pain has had it fully explored and when possible confirmed. Far too often, the problem turns out to be something different than what they believed.
Treating patients with pain and neuropathy requires great skill, with much time dedicated to proper assessment and evaluation.
So often, pain, including peripheral neuropathy accompanies other medical conditions. Unless your Doctors are thorough, you can spend months and sometimes years chasing the wrong thing! This is happening more and more with all the Social Media “cures” and practices being promoted.
And that is why it is very important before beginning any extended program of care, it is crucial to most accurately understand what may be causing your symptoms.
Too often, patients with peripheral neuropathy have impaired sensation, and judgment affected by medication. This is one of the things that make self-treatment and home care without supervision potentially dangerous.
Be aware, there are also drug/diet supplement interactions, which can be potentially dangerous. A common one is Coumadin and Co Q10. Then there is the potential interaction with acetyl l Carnitine with thyroid, HIV and many chemotherapy drugs.
Choose your Doctor carefully. Stay away from fads, quick fixes or “magic treatment” pills or supplements.
When in doubt seek out our help before engaging any any questionable treatment. You can Call us anytime @ 781-659-7989.
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Coming home to a messy or cluttered house at the end of a long work day is not conducive to relaxation. It’s that simple. Stress over time can be devastating to our health, so it is important to make our homes into places of peace, a refuge from the cares of the outside world. Keeping your home tidy is an easy way to decrease stress.
Benefits of Reducing Stress
It’s no secret that stress is bad for our health. Not only can it lead to heart problems, there have been suggested links to cancer and dementia as well. Putting some time aside each day to relax, to have a peaceful space where you can let go of your worries, may aid your physical health. You may help reduce your risk of high blood pressure or even heart attacks if you take time to relax. Stress can impair memory and your ability to learn, and, as mentioned, may be a factor in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Aside from physical benefits, you may simply feel happier if you consciously choose to unwind each day. Stress may trigger relapses in depression and can lead to the buildup of cortisol, which can dampen the brain’s ability to produce serotonin and dopamine. Overall, it’s a good idea to make sure you have a space you can relax in every single day. Cleaning your home and making sure it is organized can help to create that environment.
Part of keeping your home tidy and stress-free is having a good organization system in place. Lazy Susans can be used in more places than the kitchen cupboard. Clear up counter space in your bathroom by putting your lotions, face creams, toothpaste, or whatever you use daily on a lazy Susan to give you easy access and keep counters from being cluttered. Organize your linen closet by keeping sheets neat and folded together inside a pillow case. Add hooks or shelves to your bedroom to make sure you don’t leave jackets lying on floors, and books or purses askew on the bedside table.
Focus on the Bedroom
If you focus on creating a relaxing environment in one room, make it your bedroom. This should be your sanctuary from the rest of the world. Keep your chest of drawers tidy by using dividers so your clothes won’t be mixed and messy. Using multiple waste bins around the room can keep floors clear. If you are tight on space, you can transform your headboard into shelving, which can double as a nightstand as well. Whatever you do, make sure you keep your room feeling light and as stress-free as possible. This is the place you sleep, perhaps meditate, and should be a place of calm serenity. Adding scented candles in your preferred fragrance or using warmed oils can aid in relaxation. Hang soothing art and use light fixtures that make you feel at home in your bedroom.
A Home for Everything
It’s so easy, especially after having a long, tiring day, to strip your work day away when you get home. Your keys may go on the table and your shoes may wind up beneath the couch. Your purse may lie on the kitchen counter, and your jacket may end up half on a chair, half on the floor. This clutter can make a space, especially a small one, feel claustrophobic. Take fifteen minutes to assign “homes” for your high-use items. Make it a ritual to put things in their place right when you get home. Having a clear space with tidy walkways not only makes being home easier, but it feels like a breath of fresh air.
Your home should not add to anxiety or the stresses in your life. It should be your refuge and be somewhere you can safely unwind. By making little changes, you can ensure that your house is the perfect place to relax at the end of each day.
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Alice Robertson began her career in the home organization industry as a professional house cleaner. After cleaning and organizing her clients’ homes for years, she decided to open her own home organization business. Over the years, she has built an impressive client list, helping to make spaces in homes and businesses more functional. She recently created tidyhome.info as a place to share the great cleaning and organizing advice she has developed over the years.
Effective neuropathy treatment plans are easier to implement with patients who have good habits and schedules.
It is a well-known fact that our daily habits contribute more to our long-term well being than any other single activity.
What does your daily routine consist of?
Of course, this includes things like exercise, drinking soda, tobacco usage, drug usage etc.
It also includes our mental activity. We have a choice to regularly have active mental stimulation such as reading, meditation and prayer versus passive activities such as long periods of watching television.
Unfortunately, most of us never take a hard look at our daily activities, and the impact they’re having upon our health.
Now when you’re young, these are relatively easy to ignore. But throw in advancing age, and some health challenges and it becomes a different ball game!
With chronic pain and neuropathy, sticking to good daily health habits becomes a much more difficult task.
Nonetheless what I can tell you after taking care of hundreds of patients is that those who have routines and habits fair far better.
One of the reasons for this is more effective neuropathy treatment plans are easier to implement with patients who have good habits and schedules.
Scheduling and timing of daily things such as meals, light activity, supplements, and even your own self-care goes along way.
One of the reasons this is true is your body has its own biorhythms.
Timing of certain supplements, and even self-treatment throughout the day can make a BIG difference in your outcome!
And these are all things we are able to assist you with.
Just make sure you engage us and ask for guidance with regard to the most effective neuropathy and chronic pain treatments and activities.
But most importantly ask and learn about the best scheduling, and timing.
Make a DAILY schedule for yourself, then stick to it!
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