Living With Neuropathy
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that is attributed to the damaging of your nervous system. This nerve damage causes high levels of pain, discomfort, or numbness, usually in the hands and feet, but it can also occur in different areas of the body. This pain stems from false signals being sent to the brain from damaged or malfunctioning nerves. According to studies by the National Institute of Health, approximately 190 million people suffer from neuropathy. The ratio of neuropathy cases increases with age, as well as half of all chronic diabetes cases struggle with some form of neuropathy.
Living with peripheral neuropathy can be extremely challenging, as pain can be debilitating. Neuropathy is most commonly presented as a side effect of diabetes but is also attributed to metabolic issues, infections, or due to a traumatic injury that causes nerve damage.
Lifestyle Changes To Manage Neuropathy Symptoms
If you are looking for ways to reduce or prevent the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, there are changes you can make that can positively influence how the condition affects you. Keep in mind that these are not going to cure your condition, but prevention is extremely important as you don’t want your condition to worsen. The methods for managing symptoms are as follows:
Your daily routine could be causing additional damage and worsening the state of your neuropathy. If your job requires consistently repetitive motions or unnatural posture, these can place added stress on your nerves. If you are able to stop performing these tasks, it serves as a good preventative measure to reduce unnecessary stress.
Another important lifestyle change that needs to be addressed is the overconsumption of alcohol or smoking. If you are able to reduce or completely remove either of them from your daily life, it can have a profound effect on your health
Speak with a doctor or nutritionist about what nutrition plan can help with your condition. The goal isn’t necessarily to lose weight but to provide your body with essential nutrients necessary for optimal nerve function and prevent your condition from worsening.
You should follow nutrition plans that are high in vitamin B-12, which can include a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables, and lean forms of omega-rich protein such as fish or eggs.
It’s important to speak with your doctor about what exercises are right for you, identifying which ones will benefit you and not exacerbate your pain. You want to incorporate exercise into your routine to receive the benefits that go along with it. Even exercising three times a week for 30-60 minutes can benefit your health and act as a preventative measure.
Stem Cells May Provide A Solution
Conventional therapeutic methods for dealing with neuropathic pain do little to alleviate the condition, focusing solely on managing the symptoms. As neuropathy is typically thought of as difficult to treat, traditional therapies are centered around drugs. Stem cells are currently being studied as a healing agent that can reverse damage caused by peripheral neuropathy and thereby alleviate pain.
If you have tried adapting your lifestyle, altering your diet, and exercising regularly and still are not seeing results, pluripotent stem cell therapy may provide relief. At Stemaid Institute Baja California, we specialize in the use of pluripotent stem cells to regenerate and repair damaged nerves. This targeted use of unprogrammed cells allows damaged nerves to repair themselves and may help you find relief from neuropathic pain. Stem cell therapy could present a safer option for dealing with peripheral neuropathy.