Is Your Thyroid Gland Making Your Neuropathy and Fibromyalgia Worse?

It’s important to gauge how you feel, and pay careful attention to your diet, lifestyle and paying attention to things such as Chemical exposure if you have neuropathy or fibromyalgia.

You won’t know for sure unless it’s carefully looked at. Your thyroid is often referred to as your bodies master control. And to an extent it is!

Your thyroid influences so many different aspects of your health.

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In the clinic we find undiagnosed thyroid diseases is rampant. Endocrinology experts think there are environmental and dietary factors at work here! I agree.

Most common is an under functioning thyroid or hypothyroidism. The signs of this can include widespread aches and pains, hair loss, cold sensitivity and dry skin. We find very commonly these patients are depressed, and sometimes profoundly fatigued. Sleep disturbance is also common.

On clinical examination we will often observe abnormalities in the patient’s neurologic examination, specifically the reflexes and also note specific changes in the patient’s skin texture and temperature. Unfortunately, borderline thyroid disease is “blown off” or under diagnosed. We now live in an age where healthcare payers oftentimes dictate which tests your doctor can order.

So many times we find patients with indications for borderline thyroid disease have NOT undergone the battery of tests we commonly recommend.

Once diagnosed, the treatment of thyroid disease can be straightforward. But follow up and review testing is necessary.

It’s also very important to gauge how you feel, and pay careful attention to your diet, lifestyle and paying attention to things such as Chemical exposure.

This is because everybody’s different but there are often some common nutritional, environmental and dietary factors at work.

All we can hope to do in this article is to stimulate your knowledge. If you suspect you may have this disease you need to question your healthcare providers. Find out, what has been done and what has not been done. You may also need to step outside your current healthcare system and seek additional care.

That’s what we do, that’s why we are here. Either in person or via telemedicine consultation, you’re more than welcome to consult with one of our clinicians regarding your neuropathy, fibromyalgia or other chronic pain condition and find out if there may be a connection with your thyroid.

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Pain, Neuropathy, and Stress?

If we already suffer from a painful condition like peripheral neuropathy, stress makes it worse.

As a reader of this column, you already understand the relationship between diet, lifestyle, and your health.

You probably already know to that inflammation and “inflammatory states”, even at microscopic level, can cause a whole host of human illnesses, ranging from arthritis to cancer and heart disease.

 Pain, Neuropathy, and Stress? The more inflammation we suffer, the more pain and disease we can endure. This is also why we are continually writing about easily correctable factors such as diet, certain supplements, adequate water intake, etc.

A key component of health is stress management. Stress is something that all human beings deal with on a daily basis. Some of us are confronted with enormous periods of stress and remain healthy.

But we all have our limits. Sooner or later, our bodies experience breakdown. And if we already suffer from a painful condition like peripheral neuropathy, stress makes it worse. But why is this so?

We know that inflammatory diets, such as those high in sugar, can aggravate pain, as can our environments, physical activity, and a many other external factors.

Well, scientists have finally made the connection between stress and pain.

A research team at Carnegie Mellon Institute in Philadelphia has discovered that stress significantly affects our body’s ability to regulate inflammation.

Not only can stress affect hormone production, but it can affect the way our immune cells and immune system response to attacks by things like viruses.

And, everybody knows, inflammation causes pain.

For example, how bad does a sunburn or deep scratch hurt? When you look at these, you notice the swelling, redness ,and sometimes extreme discoloration. These are all signs of inflammation.

If we are relatively healthy, our bodies will respond relatively quickly. Within two weeks we never knew anything happened.

But what happens if you can’t control inflammation properly?

That scratch or sunburn may worsen, or could develop a serious complication like an infection. We all know how badly they can hurt.

So, when inflammation is not regulated properly internally, our pain levels will increase; we are more predisposed to everything from the common cold to more significant illness and disease. The longer this goes on, the worse it becomes.

It’s been said that the first step to improvement is knowledge, so next time we’ll talk more about some more practical stress management techniques for those who suffer from many forms of pain and, of course, peripheral neuropathy.

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Eating Smart to Improve Neuropathy and Chronic Pain

Getting used to smaller meals, and adding low-carbohydrate snacks can help neuropathy and chronic pain patients feel much better.

One of the things that most patients with neuropathy—and many patients with chronic pain—discover, is that keeping well-fueled and well-hydrated goes a long way towards possibly reducing symptoms and improving the quality of life!

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Paying better attention to basic body needs dramatically improves the function of our brain and nervous system.

Now, the reasons for this are many, but the bottom line is, paying better attention to basic body needs dramatically improves the function of our brain and nervous system.

There are a couple of basic rules that serve most neuropathy and chronic pain patients very well.

First, let’s talk a little about water consumption. An easy rule of thumb is to consume one half your body weight in ounces during a 24-hour period.

So if we weigh a hundred and eighty pounds, we should drink ninety ounces of water (or non-alcohol liquids) in a 24-hour period.

Remember, coffee, tea, and alcohol can cause us to lose fluid more rapidly, so go easy here. Under no circumstances should diet or other soft drinks be consumed.

Next, the mainstay or proper fueling is eating every 2 to 3 hours maximum. Getting used to smaller meals, and adding low-carbohydrate snacks such as several nuts or one half of an apple or other low-carb fruit can help us feel much better.

The reason for this is it helps us maintain normal blood sugar levels and helps us burn fat more efficiently.

What a lot of people don’t understand is eating infrequently makes us much more efficient at producing body fat.

So, conversely, eating more frequently makes us feel better—and helps fuel us much more efficiently.

This is also what helps us fight things like diabetes and metabolic syndrome—that, as you already know, complicate many health problems and make neuropathy and pain worse.

Like everything, there are exceptions to these rules. For example, if you’re insulin-dependent, you need to match your insulin dosage against your carbohydrate consumption very carefully.

Likewise, if you suffer from kidney or heart disease, you may need to be more careful with fluid consumption. Always follow your doctor’s orders.

Try these simple suggestions starting today, and see how much better you may feel within just a few days!

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Fibromyalgia or Neuropathy—Which is it?

We train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain.

Very often in our clinics, we see patients who present with multiple health issues. Now, as you might expect in any chronic pain treatment center, this is not at all uncommon. But our treatment centers are different; we look at patients differently. Rather than simply attempting to calm pain, we look deeply for underlying causes.

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In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain.

One of the most interesting things is how deeply rooted lifestyle and personal habits are linked to many health problems. Fibromyalgia and neuropathy are no exception.

In both fibromyalgia and in many cases of neuropathy, patients are frequently overweight and in poor physical condition. Often times this “deconditioning” has been present for years. Contributing factors to this include things such as poor diet, and, yes, even health problems like underlying thyroid disease.

In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain. This is not at all surprising, since recent research suggests that some fibromyalgia patients actually have small-fiber neuropathy.

Only time will tell how true this is in fact. I have long suspected this, however, since one of our observations many years ago was that many fibromyalgia patients responded very well to our neuropathy treatment programs, with some specific modifications. That’s why, right now, effective treatment depends so much upon the skill as well as the time and interest of the clinician.

Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find this in a public healthcare setting any longer. Most publically-employed doctors are simply under too much time pressure, with little financial benefit to treat patients who need the diligent care they so deserve.

This is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

At NeuropathyDR, we train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain. This includes fibromyalgia.

And the reason for this should be very obvious. Once we understand as much as we possibly can about what may be underneath your symptoms, then we can begin the most effective neuropathy treatment plan possible.

And this goes double for those patients who suffer fibromyalgia-related chronic pain conditions!

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Fibromyalgia or Neuropathy—Which is it?

We train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain.

Very often in our clinics, we see patients who present with multiple health issues. Now, as you might expect in any chronic pain treatment center, this is not at all uncommon. But our treatment centers are different; we look at patients differently. Rather than simply attempting to calm pain, we look deeply for underlying causes.

pain 200x300 Fibromyalgia or Neuropathy—Which is it?

In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain.

One of the most interesting things is how deeply rooted lifestyle and personal habits are linked to many health problems. Fibromyalgia and neuropathy are no exception.

In both fibromyalgia and in many cases of neuropathy, patients are frequently overweight and in poor physical condition. Often times this “deconditioning” has been present for years. Contributing factors to this include things such as poor diet, and, yes, even health problems like underlying thyroid disease.

In both fibromyalgia and in neuropathy, patients often experience tingling, numbness, and significant amounts of pain. This is not at all surprising, since recent research suggests that some fibromyalgia patients actually have small-fiber neuropathy.

Only time will tell how true this is in fact. I have long suspected this, however, since one of our observations many years ago was that many fibromyalgia patients responded very well to our neuropathy treatment programs, with some specific modifications. That’s why, right now, effective treatment depends so much upon the skill as well as the time and interest of the clinician.

Unfortunately, you are unlikely to find this in a public healthcare setting any longer. Most publically-employed doctors are simply under too much time pressure, with little financial benefit to treat patients who need the diligent care they so deserve.

This is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.

At NeuropathyDR, we train our clinicians to be exceptional and diligent in the diagnosis of neuropathy and chronic pain. This includes fibromyalgia.

And the reason for this should be very obvious. Once we understand as much as we possibly can about what may be underneath your symptoms, then we can begin the most effective neuropathy treatment plan possible.

And this goes double for those patients who suffer fibromyalgia-related chronic pain conditions!

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Making Your Neuropathy Diet Count

Always remember, the foundation of your best neuropathy treatment at home should be the neuropathy diet.

In the past, I’ve talked about how simple a neuropathy diet can—and should—be most of the time.

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Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

Do you remember why we eat? It’s to provide fuel and “building blocks” so our bodies can function smoothly and repair themselves. Thinking very consciously about this really can help you change your old habits.

One of the biggest things I find that helps us is always having a powerful image of how we want to feel and function! Think about it. Would you rather be building your body with empty calories from highly refined foods—or from fresh, “live” foods such as vegetables, fruits, and so on?

In the case of pain, we are trying to stop or reduce “Inflammation”, the cause of much pain and suffering.

Neuropathy patients especially need to be able to repair their bodies better, maintain even blood sugar, and also provide things like magnesium and vitamins.

In neuropathy, magnesium can help ease pain and restore better sleep. In our neuropathy diet, this would be from eating our leafy green vegetables, fruits and nuts.

The B-Vitamins, especially, help our nerve cells work better. A key neuropathy vitamin is B1, or thiamine. This one is crucial in neuropathy and diabetes as it helps your body “burn” starches and sugars, commonly called “carbs”.

This you’ll get from eating nuts and lean proteins like omega-3 eggs. Cereals are limited in the neuropathy diet, but small portions like a quarter cup (hint: always measure) can help your belly work better and help keep cholesterol levels in check.

One of my favorite ways to start the day is with ¼ cup gluten-free granola with almonds, then, add 1 tablespoon of soy or vegetable protein powder, and finally a splash of soy or almond milk. You’ll be keeping your carbs around 15-20 grams and be getting a head start on vitamins if you do this right.

A final word about neuropathy treatment supplements: neuropathy treatment supplements are often advised in the NeuropathyDR clinics, always under supervision, and knowing what medicines you may be taking.

Always remember, the foundation of your best neuropathy treatment at home should be the neuropathy diet.

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Beating Fibromyalgia: A New Therapy?

If you suffer from pain, chances are good you’ve heard of fibromyalgia.  Nearly 4% of people suffer from fibromyalgia, making it one of the most common pain syndromes in the world!  Although women are 70% more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than men, the condition hits everyone.  Like neuropathy, fibromyalgia can profoundly impact your quality of life, from mobility and strength to living with chronic pain.  If you believe you may have fibromyalgia, as with neuropathy, it is important to see a NeuropathyDR® clinician before your symptoms get worse!

Symptoms

The most common indicator of fibromyalgia is pain and sensitivity to pressure on the skin.  Most sufferers describe the pain as stabbing and shooting, and it can occur all over the body.  Fibromyalgia pain is often worse in the mornings, and can vary based on restlessness and even temperature/humidity.

Neuropathic symptoms very frequently accompany fibromyalgia.  If you suffer from the condition, you may also be experiencing tingling in your extremities, numbness, the sensation of clothing running over your skin when none is there, and difficulty determining hot and cold in addition to the telltale pressure-sensitivity.  Of course, these symptoms can themselves contribute to other problems, such as sleep disturbance, disruption of appetite, and bladder-control problems.

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Causes

The true cause of fibromyalgia is a point of some debate, and has never been decisively established; some researchers even point to the lack of physical abnormalities as evidence that it’s a distinct condition.  There are commonly-held theories, though, which include:

  • Dopamine dysfunction- one of the most common theories explains why fibromyalgia is so frequently found in cases where someone suffers from restless leg syndrome and sleeplessness.  These are conditions which result in part from insufficient dopamine in a certain part of the body.
  • Stress- Fibromyalgia shows up frequently in people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, fatigue, and depression.  This has led many researchers to conclude that there is a distinct link between stress and developing fibromyalgia.
  • Genetic predisposition- Recent research has suggested fibromyalgia may have a genetic component. The disorder is often seen in families, among siblings or mothers and their children.
  • Physical trauma- Physical trauma can act as a trigger for fibromyalgia, research suggests, since it tends to show up for the first time in many cases where a person is suffering from an acute illness or injury.

Treatment

Fibromyalgia is traditionally treated with a variety of medications ranging from simple pain relievers, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and even dopamine agonists.  Since the root cause of fibromyalgia is not entirely understood, treatment with pharmaceuticals is a game of trial and error at best.  Understandably, this has led many doctors and researchers over the past decade to advocate alternative, non-pharmaceutical treatments.

Some of the more modern methods for fibromyalgia treatment include exercise, cognitive behavior therapy, adjustments to diet and lifestyle, electrotherapy, and even massage therapy.  Extensive research over the past few years even points to chiropractic and other manual therapies and acupuncture as potential routes for effective treatment.

NeuropathyDR® promotes newer methodologies for treatment, and discourages medications that could be ineffective, temporary fixes, or even lead to additional complications.

Your NeuropathyDR® clinician is an expert in the latest methods of treating the symptoms of your fibromyalgia in ways that are both more effective and more affordable than dated pharmaceutical techniques.

Because everyone who has fibromyalgia experiences different symptoms, it’s very important to have a one-on-one evaluation with someone who really knows the condition.  If you’re not seeing a NeuropathyDR® clinician, contact us!  We can put you in touch with an expert who can help you find the ideal treatment for your specific case.

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/natural-therapies-and-alternative-treatments-for-fibromyalgia

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibromyalgia/DS00079

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