Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation regarding the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.
Recently, we asked our neuropathy patients to ask us questions about what bothers them most about peripheral neuropathy and chronic pain. Not surprisingly, a lot of the questions were the same:
“How can I treat my neuropathy if I don’t know what caused it?”
“I’m not diabetic, all my lab values are just borderline, so my doctor says I am ok, and I couldn’t have neuropathy. How can this be?”
…and so on.
We also hear, “All my doctors do is give me medications. I feel great when I take my medications, but I am sleepy all the time and I have side effects like diarrhea, nausea, and dizziness.”
As you probably know, treating peripheral neuropathy can be very challenging. The reasons for this are multiple. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation regarding the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.
So what I would like to do today is dispel a couple of myths and give our guests some opinions!
- Do not wait for a complete understanding as to what might have caused your neuropathy before you begin to treat it. The reason for this is very simple. The vast majority of peripheral neuropathies are what is called idiopathic; meaning we are not 100% sure what the cause is. The reality is, the vast majority of idiopathic cases do in fact turn out to be what is called metabolic syndrome—or, quite simply, obesity. Even being as little as 20 pounds overweight, and having a diet that is too high in refined sugars can lead to elevated blood sugars and other lab vitals that, over time, can cause peripheral neuropathy. Many doctors are simply unaware of this fact, so patients go years before any corrective action is taken.
To be continued…
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