It was not that long ago that neuropathy and chronic pain patients had very few treatment options. For a very long time, health professionals just focused on drug therapy to calm neuropathy and pain symptoms.
In fact, many patients and their own doctors still believe this is the only approach to neuropathy treatment.
But you know better, and that is why you are here!
We now know that there is a place for active treatment in many forms of neuropathy. For example, we know the most common form of neuropathy is “idiopathic neuropathy” meaning, by definition, “no known cause”.
Many neuropathy cases previously called “idiopathic” are, in fact, due to metabolic syndrome, an issue for many in modern society that, over many years, creates too much body fat and not enough lean muscle.
This is sometimes still called pre-diabetes because left untreated with better lifestyle, food and activity decisions, many neuropathy patients with metabolic syndrome will become diabetic! Drug-only neuropathy therapy alone will not change this.
But the good news is that when patients apply their own decisions to take action, lose weight, become more active, and cut out sugars and processed foods, their “idiopathic” neuropathy improvements.
The sad part is, many doctors and patients still attempt to treat just with drugs to calm the symptoms like tingling, numbness and burning so many neuropathy patients suffer from. Worse yet, when patients are given high blood pressure or cholesterol lowering medication to treat metabolic syndrome this form of neuropathy can actually worsen!
Since 2008, we at NeuropathyDR have lead the way in informing neuropathy and chronic pain patients the impact of their own health care and lifestyles decisions have up their quality of life, and more!
In the whole scheme of things, this approach to neuropathy treatment is relatively new.
So, what is a neuropathy treatment patient or their family to choose?
Simply, we think patients need to learn all they can about real health! Real health comes from deciding to work a little more on it every day!
Unfortunately, patients-and, yes, even their doctors-tend to blow off mild early symptoms rather than aggressively treating what may be underneath to cause a patients symptoms like tingling, numbness, burning, loss of sleep, and so on.
This results in serious consequences. The longer a disease progresses, or the longer the after effects of an injury linger, the more difficult and expensive it comes to treat.
Pain specialists have known for years that the single best way to prevent chronic pain is to address acute illnesses or injuries effectively.
We also know that when this is not possible, proactive treatment programs emphasizing physical rehabilitation, diligent home care, and recovery are far more effective than drug-only therapy.
Like it or not, you can not depend upon anyone doing this for you!
Those patients who do the best are those who seek out the best available care and implement it into their daily lifestyle.
And, like it or not, the older we get, the more we all need to be proactive about our health-not less!
That's why NeuropathyDR clinicians are trained to be with you all the way!