Life with Peripheral Neuropathy

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"Any type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause serious concerns for people. One TBI that can be stressful is neuropathy. Neuropathy can be both scary and hard to manage for many people. Understanding treatment options is a great way to take some of the fear out of the condition. Peripheral neuropathy happens when there is a disease or dysfunction of peripheral nerve(s), resulting in numbness, feeling of pins-and-needles, or weakness. Many people have experienced neuropathy in some form in their lifetime, even if it has gone undiagnosed or the cause of the neuropathy is unknown. Neuropathy does not have to stop life from happening. Here are some ways you or your loved one can cope with neuropathy.

Change or manage your lifestyle. Quitting smoking is a great way to help treat neuropathy. Smoking can lead to problems with circulation, which could result in problems with the feet. These problems could ultimately lead to an amputation over time. Diet is also particularly important when dealing with neuropathy. Eating a low-fat diet, with a heavy emphasis on fruits and vegetables is best.

Take proper care of your feet. Having properly fitted shoes can help you avoid blisters that won"t heal. Shoes and socks that are too tight can also make peripheral neuropathy pain and tingling worse. Adding foot massage therapy not only feels great, but it helps to increase circulation, which is important for neuropathy patients.

Get moving. The pain and numbness of neuropathy can make you feel immobile or cause you to want to be isolated from the world. When dealing with neuropathy your mental health is as important as your physical health. Try going for a walk or developing a workout plan that works for you.

Get quality sleep. Neuropathy pain and anxiety can lead to difficulty sleeping or insomnia. Medications can help treat the pain and the insomnia, but there are also other things you can do to promote better habits to lessen sleep disturbances, such as:

Reduce caffeine intake.

Reduce or stop alcohol consumption.

Quit smoking.

Limit naps in time, quantity, and frequency

Turn off all screens before bed.

Have a daily schedule, with a regular bedtime and bedtime routine.

Try Tissue Regenerative Therapy (TRT). TRT is an FDA approved soft wave therapy or sonic wave technology that uses waves to penetrate deep into body tissue, right to the sight of the nerve damage. TRT stimulates the body"s natural healing process, thus making it a great, non-invasive treatment option for neuropathy. TRT helps to stimulate stem cells to regenerate, increasing the body"s natural ability to heal. Many TRT patients state they have seen relief from as little as one or two treatments."

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