Address the Underlying Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy. Suffering from peripheral neuropathy pain, tingling, burning and loss of balance? Get ahead of pain and progressive nerve damage with these 3 tips.
While conventional medicine leans on pain medications to quiet pain signals, it’s critical to address the underlying causes.
Treating just the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy is dangerous, because neuropathy is progressive. That means as it progresses you risk having additional health complications that may result in life-changing consequences like injury from falling or permanent cell death in your feet and legs.
It gets worse over time without lifestyle interventions that restore your body’s natural healing capabilities.
Don’t Be Lulled Into a False Sense of Security
Side effects of medications used to treat the symptoms of neuropathy, including antidepressants, anti-seizure medications and pain medications can lull you into a false sense of security while progressive nerve damage continues.
Many of the patients who find my Peripheral Neuropathy Recovery Program have already lost many nights of sleep and the ability to work and live the way they want to.
I know it the situation very well. When I first experienced the pain of neuropathy, I never saw it coming. I didn’t have any of the traditional risk factors, but nonetheless I was significantly disabled.
Shopping for a motorized wheelchair was one of the most disheartening experiences of my life.
3 Keys to Reducing Nerve Pain
While nerves may be damaged, it is possible to nurture and nourish nerves back to health.
There are 3 pillars to restoring nerve health and reducing neuropathic pain:
- Optimize Nerve Health:
Ensure you’re eating a healthy diet that supports healthy blood sugar levels and ensures you’re getting proper levels of vitamins D, B (especially thiamine, B1) and Magnesium. Often times nerve pain is a result of malnutrition even when you’re eating a normal diet. Poor absorption affects those with autoimmune disorders like diabetes among others and absorption drops off as we age.
It's vital to quickly get nutrition into damaged nerve synapses before they die and to ensure that any new nerve sprouts have the fuel they need to continue the self-repair process.
Make sure you chew your food extremely well and eat plenty of healthy vegetables and proteins that are high in B, D and magnesium. While you might think that vitamins are a great way to supplement, they are actually the least likely to be absorbed because of fillers and preservatives. If you're taking supplements avoid ones that contain magnesium stearate.
Add omega-3 fats to your diet. Fish like herring and salmon (wild coho salmon is best) are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids help restore healthy circulation.
Always check with your doctor before altering your diet to discuss your particular situation.
Stagnant blood accumulates in the most distant regions of your body, primarily in your legs and feet. For people who develop neuropathy the normal path of blood being pumped up to lungs to be detoxified is disrupted.
As long as the toxic blood coagulates in your feet new healthy oxygenated blood can’t reach them. The result is pain, tingling and numbness, because you're nerves are telling you their in danger. To turn this around, get into motion. You don't need to run a mile. Just keep as active as you can.
Pack a punch against peripheral neuropathy pain by starting with one of these 3 strategies and adding one per week. Use the power of compound interest and build a multi-point approach to recovery. You’ll be amazed at how much relief you notice in a short period of time.
To Your Good Health
Dr. Randall C. Labrum
Clinician, Author, Researcher
Former Neuropathy Sufferer