• 00:27

    Advances in Diagnosing Neuropathy

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    This week on Beating Neuropathy and Chronic Pain, we'll talk a bit about how neuropathy can be diagnosed. Unfortunately, nowadays, due to insurance hurdles, proper laboratory tests are often not administered in time to make an early diagnosis. Neuropathy-causing conditions such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome can be diagnosed by observing trends in blood tests. Patients with metabolic syndrome that develop peripheral neuropathy are often diagnosed with "idiopathic" (of unknown origin) neuropathy because doctors may overlook all the evidence.
    One of the things NeuropathyDR clinicians do is observe all laboratory tests for the past five years to try and observe trends other physicians may have missed. One problem that can arise when diagnosing neuropathy is when not enough tests are performed and conditions can slip under the radar. 
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  • 00:31

    Chemotherapy Neuropathy Treatment

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    Chemotherapy given for cancer–or other conditions, such as autoimmune diseases–can, unfortunately, cause nerve damage (neuropathy).
    Patients may or may not develop neuropathy based on which medications they are taking. Platinum-based chemotherapies in particular will usually cause neuropathy. Patients who undergo hormone or radiation therapy in addition to chemotherapy also have a high chance of developing peripheral neuropathy.
    Symptoms of chemotherapy neuropathy include tingling, numbness, and burning, usually in the hands, feet, and legs. The good news is, a neurostimulator is a drug-free alternative that can actually be used during chemotherapy. Other options light therapies such as include Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and LED Therapy. Manual therapies such as massage and spinal and joint manipulation are also crucial. Work with your team of medical professionals to find out which combination of these work best for you.
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  • 00:30

    Exercise and Peripheral Neuropathy

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    This week on Beating Neuropathy and Chronic Pain, we'll again be discussing the benefits of exercise for patients for patients who suffer from peripheral neuropathy. A new exercise program should only be performed with approval of your treating medical professional. If you have difficulty with balance, or experience numbness in your feet, please perform exercise only under the guidance of a personal trainer or physical therapist. Good, proper-fitting footwear is important as well, both to support and protect the feet.   Some may be concerned that exercise may not be good for people experiencing peripheral neuropathy. This can be true. People with diabetic ulcerations or skin fragility should use extreme caution. Treadmills should also be avoided. Even though they are popular, they create a lot of vibration which can aggravate neuropathy and chronic pain conditions. A better way to exercise the large muscles of the thighs is to use an exercise bike. Pedal wheels are an option for those who may not easily be able to ride a bike. Another option is a "trainer", which a regular road bike can be placed on and used indoors.   The purpose of exercise is to create more blood flow, which will creae a rise in temperature which will be beneficial to people suffering from peripheral neuropathy. As treatment progresses, the easier it will become to increase body temperature through vasodialation. This is another reason why supervised exercise is beneficial.   Join the conversation on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/BeatingNeuropathy!          

  • 00:29

    Diet and Peripheral Neuropathy

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    This week on Beating Neuropathy & Chronic Pain, we will once again be talking about the ideal diet for someone suffering from peripheral neuropathy. This diet is primarily plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free. Dr. Hayes recommends a “paleo” type diet, which is free of processed foods and does contain periodic consumption of lean meats such as salmon. Nutrients such as Acetyl L-Carnitine, found in large quantities in meat, can improve neuropathy and other health conditions.
    One of the biggest offending ingredients is dairy. Other than periodic traces of dairy, most people should not consume dairy. Dr. Hayes suggests reading The China Study for those who may be skeptical. Eliminating gluten as well will reduce inflammation. An excess of inflammation in the body will set the stage for serious illness such as cancer. It is not always easy to avoid dairy and gluten, but most who do are glad they did so!

  • 00:28

    Do You Have to Be Diabetic To Get Neuropathy? No!

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    One thing that some patients have been told over the years that is not necessarily true is that they have to be diabetic to have neuropathy.
    Some common causes of neuropathy are diabetes , metabolic syndrome and chemotherapy.
    Many patients and physicians are not familiar with metabolic syndrome. A quick definition of metabolic syndrome is a problem in your body that causes issues with the way your body handles blood sugar and blood fats. When you take in too much sugar and do not exercise enough your body begins to store more fat. Fat serves as fuel for your body. Your body burns this fat to keep you energized throughout the day. When you being to eat more but you do not increase your exercise, you begin to store too much fat for your body to burn.
    This is becoming a big problem in our world because people are starting to get less fit and larger instead of more fit and smaller. This leads to people developing more conditions, including neuropathy, because of their metabolic syndrome. Neuropathy can be actually be diagnosed as the condition that is causing the patient to feel uncomfortable sometimes YEARS before being diagnosed as Diabetic.
    Many people with neuropathy can have normal tests when they are tested for nerve problems. In the beginning stages of neuropathy these test results are normal. This makes it extremely hard for a doctor to be able to test for neuropathy. A better way to diagnose the neuropathy is for us to look deep into the patients personal history.
    In the patient’s history, we may find past habits that triggered neuropathy.
    Please post your comments or send and questions, concerns to our Facebook Page!

  • 00:28

    Do You Have to Be Diabetic To Get Neuropathy? No!

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    One thing that some patients have been told over the years that is not necessarily true is that they have to be diabetic to have neuropathy.   Some common causes of neuropathy are diabetes , metabolic syndrome and chemotherapy.   Many patients and physicians are not familiar with metabolic syndrome. A quick definition of metabolic syndrome is a problem in your body that causes issues with the way your body handles blood sugar and blood fats. When you take in too much sugar and do not exercise enough your body begins to store more fat. Fat serves as fuel for your body. Your body burns this fat to keep you energized throughout the day. When you being to eat more but you do not increase your exercise, you begin to store too much fat for your body to burn.   This is becoming a big problem in our world because people are starting to get less fit and larger instead of more fit and smaller. This leads to people developing more conditions, including neuropathy, because of their metabolic syndrome. Neuropathy can be actually be diagnosed as the condition that is causing the patient to feel uncomfortable sometimes YEARS before being diagnosed as Diabetic.   Many people with neuropathy can have normal tests when they are tested for nerve problems. In the beginning stages of neuropathy these test results are normal. This makes it extremely hard for a doctor to be able to test for neuropathy. A better way to diagnose the neuropathy is for us to look deep into the patients personal history.   In the patient’s history, we may find past habits that triggered neuropathy.   Please post your comments to our Facebook page!

  • 00:59

    Natural Healing for Neuropathy

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    Joyce and Aaron interview Cheryl Weekes, a neuropathy treatment coach who shares her natural healing that reduced her own painful suffering from a 10 down to a 2 on the pain scale.


    Joyce Joneschiet (Jonah-shite) Principal interior designer of Encore Living Interiors and Publisher of Encore Life Magazine hosts Encore Living Radio with her co-host Aaron D. Murphy, a licensed Architect, President of ADM Architecture and Managing Editor of EmpoweringTheMatureMind.com. 

  • 00:12

    The Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

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    Do you have Peripheral Neuropathy?  Neuropathy can be poorly understood and often the symptoms are not understood.  Dr Gibson discusses different types of symptoms for neuropathy, what nerve types are affected and what is happening with the symptoms.  This will allow you to better understand your neuropathy or confirm that the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy is correct for you.

  • 00:15

    Steps To Your Neuropathy Diagnosis

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    Now that the basics of neuropathy have been discussed, the Neuropathy Doctor will now discuss steps that should be undergone to help you get the correct diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy.  What questions should be asked?  What in your medical history is important?  Are their lab tests or other test that should be considered?  Don't miss this review of the information you need to get the best diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy and allow you to find treatment options from the "correct" diagnosis.

  • 00:12

    Introduction To Peripheral Neuropathy

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    Peripheral Neuropathy is a common problem in the United States, but is often poorly understood. Dr Gibson, The Neuropathy Doctor, will be discussing this entity and help lay the groundwork for future shows.

  • 00:14

    Classification of Peripheral Neuropathy

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    If you have peripheral neuropathy, you may have been told you have polyneuropathy or mononeuropathy.  What do these terms mean?  What are the possible causes of each nerve presentation?  Dr Gibson, the Neuropathy Doctor, discusses this classification, including neuropathy types, nerves affected and causes of the various types.  Through this discussion, you will have a better understanding of your own disease.

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