When you suffer neuropathy, you need all the help you can get. Here are some simple ways you may be able to ease some of your suffering.
Move As Much As Possible!
Just move the big muscles in your legs as often and as much as you possibly can. Exercise, even very gently at first, improves circulation. Improved blood flow to the legs and feet will help nourish damaged nerves. Stationary bicycles, water aerobics, gentle walking if you can, or elliptical machines are all good ways to move your muscles. Moving your muscles also improves your energy levels. Also, regularly used muscles are better calorie burners.
A Warm Bath Can Do Wonders
Warm baths increase blood flow; reduce stress and aid in relaxation. All three of these benefits will make the pain a little easier to tolerate. But a word to the wise, use a thermometer to check the water temperature before you get in the bathtub. The nerve damage of neuropathy makes your nerves an unreliable source for judging temperature. We like approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit with some added minerals like Epsom salts (don’t be stingy).
Take Targeted Supplements
Vitamins B-1, B-12, B-6 and folic acid are all vital to healthy nerves. We have found certain combinations of the B vitamins and other important nerve health nutrients in professionally tailored packages for each person often work best. Even if you eat a healthy diet, you may still not be getting the recommended daily amount of some vitamins and other nutrients. Talk to your health professional or pharmacist first before taking any supplements to make sure they won’t interact badly with the medications you’re taking.
Control—or, Better Yet, Eliminate Your Alcohol Intake
High intake of alcohol is a toxin to your nerves. And if the nerves are already damaged, it’s even worse. Some people think that a drink a day is good for your health. I respectfully disagree. If you have nerve damage, that’s a chance you don’t need to take. Don’t drink more than four alcoholic beverages a week if you suffer from peripheral neuropathy; and none would be even better.
And Above All Else…Don’t give up
Self-care is vital to managing your neuropathy. However, trying to manage your condition alone without direction from a health care provider who understands your condition and can help you with vital information is not always wise.
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