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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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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Blending holistic & conventional neuropathy treatment can so often help relieve your pain. This is what we do at NeuropathyDR. Helping patients be successful with neuropathy and pain relief is our passion. We love to see our patients improve in ways they’ve never done before. We find blending a conventional & holistic approach is so often the best way to make this happen.
But, you might wonder exactly what we mean by holistic neuropathy treatment. Well here goes!
What is a Holistic Neuropathy Treatment Plan?
We believe that treatment plans should be as individualized as the people they effect. As many kinds of people as there are, so too are there as many ways of treating them. For instance, think about these different methods of treatment, then think of how many you’ve been told about:
- Prescription medications (pills) – medicine
- Intravenous therapy (IVs) – medicine
- Neurostimulation (NDGen®)
- Nutrition – food & targeted supplements
- Hydration – fluids
- Exercise – body movement
- Laser therapy
- Physical therapy
And the list could go on and on. Most likely you’ve heard of a couple, but it’s highly unlikely any practitioner has helped you put together your own individualized plan of action using whichever ones work best for you. The point is, there are many options out there and that’s the message we are here to spread. Every patient is an individual and no one treatment plan works for every single one of them all the time.
We believe the best approach is blending the best of conventional & holistic neuropathy treatment because we know that’s where the most success can be achieved.
Through many years of practice, we have learned some of the best combinations for patients, including many of those listed above. The absolute best way to treat your neuropathy pain and/or other chronic pain is a combination therapy.
We advise you to work with a trained physician who understands the benefits and outcomes of both conventional & holistic treatment choices.
Here at NeuropathyDR, that’s what we are all about. In fact, we want to help you. Helping patients find true success is our mission.
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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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You Won’t Hear This Advice From Many Doctors, But This One Factor May Change the Effectiveness of Your Neuropathy Diet.
The consumption of dairy products has always been a highly charged topic in nutrition. Here is the hard truth about dairy.
On the one hand, there is a sizable lobby advocating for the U.S. dairy industry. On the other hand, there is overwhelming scientific evidence that regular consumption of dairy products is a pretty bad idea for human beings.
In short, if you are wrestling with whether to include milk and other dairy products in your neuropathy diet, any contemplation of this question leads to a straightforward conclusion.
More than half of the human population has trouble digesting milk, leading to digestion problems, allergic reactions, and eventually elevated levels of “bad fats” in your body. What’s worse, there is a hormonal growth factor contained in most dairy products that is known to instigate several different types of cancer, including prostate and breast cancer. One specific kind of milk sugar called galactose is linked to ovarian cancer.
And the regular consumption of dairy is additionally linked to the likelihood of developing type 1 diabetes, which is a major risk factor for neuropathic pain.
All of this means that a neuropathy diet that eliminates dairy (as well as gluten) is one of the most effective ways to reduce inflammation and pain associated with neuropathy and chronic pain.
It’s best to make a gradual shift in your diet so that the changes you instill can be permanent. There are many dairy alternatives out there, including products made from coconut, rice, and almonds. Just watch out for any added sugar or thickening agents like carrageenan.
As always, I urge you to become your own best health advocate. HERE is a copy of our NeuropathyDR Diet Plan!
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