Neuropathy due to whatever cause is a complex condition. It has many causes. Often our patients suffering from neuropathy have several causes. To improve your quality of life it also requires doing many different things right in order to manage this complex condition. So how do you help yourself by doing something other than seeing a long list of doctors? By taking back some control over your life by making your own personal Neuropathy Treatment Plan. Here are some ideas on how to develope a Neuropathy Treatment Plan for yourself.
First: if you haven’t already, find out as much as you can about the potential causes of your neuropathy.
Why? Well is it something like being low on a vitamin that you could take? Or is there severe damage that you have to work harder at to manage?
- Some cases can result from chemotherapy, certain medications (most especially statins, anti-hypertensives, and some antibiotics)
- Accidents can damage nerves.
- Neuropathy can also be caused many other health conditions like diabetes, Lyme disease, viruses, rheumatoid arthritis, and even certain bacterial and viral infections.
- Being low in Vitamin D or any of the B vitamins can cause neuropathy
It takes a really good clinician to sort out everything that’s going on with every patient, to help you get an accurate diagnosis and the most effective treatment.
Because we treat patients with neuropathy every day, we understand it’s easy to become overwhelmed and I’m sure it seems like you are always searching for answers too.
Making A Neuropathy Treatment Plan
The most important thing you need to do is to take a look at your overall health habits. And we strongly recommend you start by making your own personal Neuropathy Treatment Plan.
Here are some things you can do immediately!
Regardless of what caused your underlying health problems, there are some life style choices that affect your healing and pain levels such as:
- If you smoke: work on quitting smoking. Because, smoking:
- robs your body of the nutrients it needs to heal your nerv
- adds toxins to your body that can worsen your pains.
- robs your body of the extra oxygen your nerves need to heal.
- If you drink alcohol: greatly lessen or stop. Alcohol robs your body of nutrients needed to heal your nerves.
- starting a stress management program. Stress makes everything feel worse. If you need counseling to deal with a life situation… add looking for a counselor to your plan. Or do you need to find a convenient class. Counsels on aging often have meditation type classes that can help with stress. So you may need to add look for a class or join a class you have found for stress reduction. Be sure to schedule some you time to your activity calendar.
- improving your diet most especially by limiting sugars and starches, can often help a lot. Eating lots of colorful veggies, some fruits and drinking plenty of filtered water can also help.
- Becoming more physically active all can be very helpful! How can you exercise if you hurt? Often the council on aging in your town or at a nearby town will offer chair yoga or a tai chi class which can be a good place to start. The YMCAs that have pools often offer water aerobics which can also be good. By not moving at all you will hurt worse. Gentle movement as much as possible can ease some of the pains for most people.
- To help yourself the most, be sure to continue to update your neuropathy treatment plan as your health habits get better and better!
So while you are thinking of it: get out paper and a pen or pencil or sit down at your tablet or computer and start your very own Neuropathy Treatment Plan. List the steps you need to take. Highlight and schedule what you can incorporate now. Write down what you need to learn or find out. Then start putting some of your steps on your to do list calendar. For more ideas you can look at some of our prior newsletters on our blog list at www.blomerthchiropractic.com. Or, you can access even more ideas and even a free e-book about neuropathy on our www.neuropathynorthshore.com site.
Not sure where to start? If you are a current or past patient, simply call for an appointment and we can help you with specific information for your condition. If you have not visited us before, now might be a good time to schedule an initial analysis visit to find out what we may have to offer to help your condition.