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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“Why Do I Feel so Lousy With Weather Changes?” This is one of things we hear very often from pain and neuropathy patients, “While do I still feel so lousy?”
Sometimes, it’s easy to put your finger on the reason why. For example you fail to eat properly. You over exercise. You under exercise. But lately you’ve been eating better and drinking lots of water but sometimes, you feel lousy for seemingly no reason at all.
It could be, that you are suffering from what we call “denervation hypersensitivity”.
Now, that sounds like a mouth full. And at first glance it is!
You see your body is very sensitive to environmental changes. These could include things such as air pressure, temperature, humidity, and other environmental changes. Much more so with nerve irritation due to injury, arthritis or neuropathy.
Is it sunny and warm or hot and humid today?
The reason for this is that when nerves are damaged they become hypersensitive to environmental changes. This is not an old wives tale.
A very common scenario is when an approaching storm seemingly increases your level of pain and discomfort oftentimes dramatically.
It is a well-known phenomenon that anybody familiar with neuropathy treatment, arthritic pain, or patients that suffer from neuropathy and probably many forms of chronic pain..
Some of my patients even joke that they have become walking barometers. Now there’s nothing you can do to change the weather. However there are some things you can do to make yourself more comfortable. Number one, make sure you maintain as even environmental temperature and humidity level as you possibly can in your home and car.
Number two, keep yourself away from draft exposure. Even on relatively warm days, you need to make sure that you’re protected from wind and drafts.
Lastly, armed with this knowledge plan on extra treatment at home or maybe even in the clinic during times of flare-up
The most important thing of all though?
Recognize that your body while suffering from pain and neuropathy is very sensitive and take steps to protect it.
This is one of the reasons, we advocate every neuropathy treatment patient owns their own homecare kit which can give you invaluable relief during the times of flare-up, during the middle the night, weekends, and even for breakthrough pain.
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“Doctor, my blood sugar is just a little off–that can’t cause Neuropathy…”
Unfortunately, the reverse is probably true.
Here is reality: Aggressive treatment of both metabolic syndrome and diabetes can lessen the progression and the severity of one of the most common forms of peripheral neuropathy.
We have written extensively about diabetes and metabolic syndrome. We talk often about about how carrying excess body fat impairs our body’s ability to process blood fats and blood sugars.
There’s also really good evidence and multiple clinical studies that show even borderline elevations in the blood sugar over long periods of time make patients more likely to develop peripheral neuropathy.
So how does this slight elevation of blood sugar and blood fats or triglycerides cause neuropathy? Unfortunately, nobody is 100% sure. But there are several good theories.
The most likely explanation is that excess amounts of circulating fats and sugar interfere with your delicate nerves’ ability to take in critical nutrients, including oxygen.
Over a long period time, these can eventually manifest as the tingling, numbness, and burning so commonly found in peripheral neuropathy.
Because it is a well-known fact that patients with metabolic syndrome can likely develop a number of diseases, including heart disease and high blood pressure–as well as peripheral neuropathy—it is critical to attempt to reverse the changes wherever possible.
If frank diabetes develops, it is necessary to treat it as aggressively as possible with minimal side effects. We do know that aggressive treatment of both metabolic syndrome and diabetes can lessen the progression and the severity of one of the most common forms of peripheral neuropathy. But what happens if you’ve done all the right things and your neuropathy persists?
This is the most common presentation we now see in our clinics.
This is because so many more enlightened patients are taking charge of their health by improving their diet and starting to exercise on a regular basis.
And this is how we should all first approach patients with neuropathy and chronic nerve pain.
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Make no mistake about it. Distrust in conventional health care is at an all time high. And so must be alternative care cautions. The reasons for this are many, but perhaps the biggest fuel for dissent is that anyone with little skill and just a few resources can put up a page, website and appear very convincing. But just because someone presents an alternative to pharmaceuticals or even surgeries doesn’t mean its true.
Claims about health care these days are everywhere. This new diet fad, the latest treatment system for neuropathy, disease club memberships, essential oils fix every human malady and maybe even some new highly “researched” drug claims. And let’s not forget the cannabis now cures hangovers to cancer posts on social media. You name it. There is just so much everywhere turned into gazillion dollar businesses for many.
So how do you sort out if what you are considering for yourself or a loved one is really a form of valid alternative care or fraud?
Despite what the pundits want you to believe, instead of just jumping on the latest fad, a little time spent investigating the latest social media post that caught your eye, that Facebook “secret” group or video claims can save you lots of wasted time and money. Not to mention quite possibly your health!
Day after day in practice we see patients who wisely question claims made more often than not. And our team is always willing to help sort things out as best we can for you. But we also see some less skeptical than others fall for products, claims and sometimes even paid “memberships” that turn out to be ineffective and sometimes just blatant fraud. We recently have highlighted those for neuropathy and some stem-cell therapies here.
Here’s my point. We all have a choice. Instead of taking so much at face value, take some time to investigate whatever it is you may be considering whether it be at home or for professionally rendered services. Nowadays especially it’s so easy to fact check quickly across multiple sources.
So the take away here is, let’s be more careful consumers. And more caring Doctors. You’ll be glad you spent the time asking, is this alternative care or fraud?
You decide. Let our team help.
Years ago, we called it pre-diabetes. Lately, the common term is Syndrome X. No matter what name we give it, metabolic syndrome is a potentially devastating diagnosis.
I would go so far as to say that metabolic syndrome is the number one most dangerous medical condition challenging our society today.
That’s because so many people start to take care of their diet, exercise, and other self care only AFTER they have been diagnosed with diabetes or diabetic neuropathy. And by then, for so many, it’s a major health crisis!
Metabolic syndrome lies hidden for years, causing damage to multiple major body systems. At our clinics, we see so many patients with diabetic neuropathy and chronic pain related to metabolic syndrome. In fact, it’s the likely cause of most cases of “idiopathic” (cause unknown) neuropathy.
Typically, metabolic syndrome tends to show up as a collection of subtle symptoms many years before a diabetes diagnosis. People with metabolic syndrome will notice a weight increase and thickening of the waist, along with small changes in their blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
The first thing you can do to protect yourself from the ravages of metabolic syndrome is to accept that a 20+ pound weight gain and spreading waistline is not a normal part of aging, and in fact can lead to very dangerous health complications. Being overweight is a risk factor for peripheral neuropathy in addition to many serious conditions, like heart disease.
Your next line of defense is to begin working with a medical specialist who is well trained in diagnosing and teaching you how to treat metabolic syndrome, diabetic neuropathy, and other disorders.
Remember that only you can be an effective health advocate for yourself.
Finally, let us help! There is lot’s of of information here in our library and videos.
Next, be sure to share with your doctor the crucial lifestyle changes you are making that can have a significant impact on your health related to metabolic syndrome and diabetic neuropathy.
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