There is good potential for improvement, and even recovery, in common neuropathy forms in many patients. You need to make sure you are doing your part, but also that your treating clinician is doing everything they can for you as well!
If you are reading this, you already know something about peripheral neuropathy. You probably know millions are afflicted.
But you may not know there are many types: the most common ones are due to chemotherapy drugs, diabetes, and pre-diabetes, or metabolic syndrome.
In fact, metabolic syndrome may very well be responsible for the majority of cases that are now labeled “Idiopathic”.
Idiopathic means we just aren’t sure what the cause is.
Nevertheless, there is good potential for improvement, and even recovery, in these common neuropathy forms in many patients.
But recovery depends upon stimulating your healing capacity.
And there are several good tools which can help do just that. For example, we know a low-carb diet (I also prefer gluten and dairy-free), stopping smoking, and losing weight is key. Exercise and rehab under supervision often make a big difference too.
Research tells us our body produces substances that help nerve heal. These are called neurotropins.
So, what are the best ways to help your body along? Well, in addition to the things we just mentioned, maintaining good mental health is key. In fact, one study showed significantly higher levels of neurotropins in people who “were in love”!
The same study also looked at electric stimulation. The results were somewhat surprising. Indications are, less is often more!
In this study, neuropathy treatment electrotherapies that are too powerful, administered for too long, or too high a frequency produced less than favorable results.
We also know that accommodation to treatment is a factor. This occurs when our bodies “get used to” any one therapy, or even a drug. It also helps explain why patient progress can seemingly plateau.
All of this highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to neuropathy treatment.
You need to make sure you are doing your part, but also that your treating clinician is doing everything they can for you as well!
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