Thank God I may have dodged the neuropathy bullet!
I am still completely blown away by who this blog is reaching. I am starting to receive comments and want to remind everyone you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or topics you might want to hear about.
I also want to take this moment to welcome some new international friends. We have picked up two readers from China, 2 from Taiwan, 1 from Thailand, and 1 from Ukraine. I do want to welcome my internal friends who might be afflicted with this terrible disease or know someone who is. Thank you again for taking the time to read this blog as it is simply my desire that one person learn from this and have the opportunity to change their life style.
BS - 113 fasting this morning - Not really good but since I have not sleep for 3 days and have missed my exercise routine - I am okay with it.
BP - 119/71 (home machine) - HR 53 All very good signs as far as I am concerned.
Some friends do!
I may have dodged the bullet for now - but I am still a diabetic and I still have tingly feet. I have something, but for now it does not appear to be neuropathy. Diabetes is not the only cause of lose of nerve or pain in the nerves.
I have a couple of friends who have pain in their left legs and cannot feel the foot test provided by most doctors. To hear them talk about their problems just horrifies me. I also have an acquaintance that has lost the feeling in his feet and can hardly walk and can no longer drive a car.
I was driving to the YMCA for my work out this morning and was thinking about this blog and what I could say about a topic I know very little about. My car is is a stick shift and Icwas thankful that I could still drive and shift at the same time. So I just took a moment then and now to thank God for waking me up before I do get worse.
If you have neuropathy, I feel for you and sympathize. The research I did when trying to find out what was wrong with me was insightful and a little scary - if you ask me.
What is it?
Throughout this blog - I have provided links to some good information. The following is another link to a discussion about neuropathy: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/147963.php
I will again let the article say it best:
"Neuropathy is not a single disease - instead, it is a complication found in a number of different underlying medical conditions. It can also be seen without the cause being diagnosed, when doctors called it "idiopathic."
The term neuropathy is short for peripheral neuropathy, meaning nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system. Only nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord are involved, so peripheral neuropathy does not include nerve damage in the central nervous system.
This Medical News Today information page will give you the essential details about neuropathy - describe what it is and what causes it, who gets the problem and the symptoms they have, how it is diagnosed, and offer an overview of treatment options for people with neuropathy."
What causes it?
You are reading this blog if you have or know of someone who has diabetes. We know that diabetes is the number one reason for neuropathy. However, did you know that the following diseases can also bring on neuropathy?
- Chronic liver disease
- Chronic kidney disease
- HIV infection and AIDS
- Long-term excessive alcohol intake
- Vitamin B deficiency and other nutritional deficiency
- Cancer - lymphoma or multiple myeloma
- Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a genetic cause of nerve damage, particularly in the lower limbs
- Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition that damages peripheral nerves
- Diphtheria, a common bacterial infection in developing countries such as Haiti and Vietnam, but rare in other parts of the world.
WOW, if your are diabetic and also have any of these diseases - you need to get them all under control.
Are there things to help - besides medicines?
Again, I am not sure but there are some products out there that might help. PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THIS AS MEDICAL ADVICE - TALK IT OVER WITH YOUR DOCTOR. THESE ARE THINGS THAT I READ ABOUT AND ALMOST TRIED.
There appears to be research that leads to capsaicin (chili pepper) that when used in creams will help relieve the pain. These creams can be purchased anywhere and take a few weeks of using to help reduce the pain. In addition, this little gem appears to help arthritis in the fingers, elbows, and knees. I am going to try it for my knees - I have been told by the VA I have arthritis in my knees and they do hurt.
Everyone agrees to back off smoking and alcohol. Notice excessive drinking may also cause neuropathy.
Exercise - especially walking, was another common topic in the research I did. The walking helps build some muscle mass around the nerves. Many where also in favor of yoga.
There is an over the counter topical treatment called Neuragen.
Finally, I want to bring back Suzy Cohen, RPh book - "Diabetes without Drugs." This is a must in my mind and just full of other information.
God please help those with neuropathy to help themselves. Help them understand there are many things out there to help them and not to give up.