Handling The Holiday “Stress-a-Thon”

Pay particular attention to your body during the holidays, especially if you have neuropathy or chronic pain!

Even for the healthy, the holidays can be incredibly stressful.

Some surveys have even found that people are more stressed by the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas than by asking the boss for a raise!

But when you have:

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Post-Chemotherapy neuropathy

Since you now have the stress of the holidays to deal with too, your health could take a serious beating—that will take you months to recover from.

Here are some steps you can take to make the holidays (and the months following them) a little easier to deal with:

1. Understand How Stress Affects Your Body

Stress (both mental and physical) causes the body to release hormones that prompt the liver to secrete glucose. That can wreak havoc on your blood glucose levels if you suffer from diabetes. In Type 2 diabetics, stress can also block the release of insulin from the pancreas and leave that extra insulin floating around in the bloodstream. In Type 1 diabetes, the effects are a little different. Some Type 1 diabetics say that stress drives their glucose up, while others maintain that stress drives their glucose down. Either way, your energy levels are wrecked. On a good day, that can be difficult to deal with. At the holidays, it can be pure misery.

If you are feeling stressed and your energy is especially low, you are less likely to pay attention to your glucose levels, or eat as you know you should. Pay particular attention to your body during the holidays, and Handling The Holiday “Stress-a-Thon”

2. Do What You Can To Reduce Mental Stress

Many of the things that stress us at the holidays are easy to manage or control. Make your life as easy as possible during this trying time.

If traffic really works your nerves, leave home a little earlier or try getting to work by a different route and avoid the areas that are particularly congested.

If your boss is a nightmare, plan to take vacation around the holidays if at all possible, and give yourself a mental break.

Volunteer to help with the holiday activities of a local charity. Doing something good for someone else is a wonderful way to make someone else’s life better and make you feel good at the same time.

Resolve to start a new exercise program, learn a new skill, or start a hobby as soon as the holidays are over. Enlist a friend to do it with you so you can encourage each other. Giving yourself a goal and something to look forward to after the grind of the holidays is over will do wonders for your state of mind.

3. How Do You Cope?

Everyone has a coping style. Some people are the take-charge type and take steps immediately to solve their problems. Other people just accept the problem, recognize that they can’t fix it, acknowledge that it’s probably not as bad as it could be, and go their merry way. Still, others are hand wringers and feel perpetually out of control.

The take-chargers and accepters have less problems with stress, both at the holidays and on a daily basis—as a result, their blood glucose levels don’t become elevated.

4. Relax…

One of the most useful things you will ever learn (diabetic or not) is to relax. For many, the ability to relax is not natural, but it can be learned. Some ways to help you relax are:

Breathing Exercises
Sit down or lie down without your arms or legs crossed. Inhale deeply. Push as much air as possible out of your lungs. Repeat the process but , this time, relax your muscles while you exhale. Start with this exercise for 5 minutes at a time and increase your time until you’re practicing breathing at least 20 minutes at a time, once a day.

Progressive Relaxation Therapy
Tense your muscles then relax them. Lie still and repeat the process for 5 minutes at a time, at least once a day.

Exercise
We can’t say enough about the benefits of exercise. As we’ve said before, you don’t have to run a marathon to get the stress-reducing benefits of exercise. You can walk or stretch, too.

Watch Your Mindset
When it comes to reducing stress, a lot can be said for the power of positive thinking. It’s really easy to let your mind overwhelm you this time of year…

“I’ll never get it all done…”

“What if they don’t like what I give them?”

“Oh man, I have to spend time with my brother again this year…”

Just watch your mindset and you can eliminate much of the stress of the holiday season. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Say a prayer or recite a poem or a quote that makes you feel good. Think of something that makes you happy. It may sound trite, but go to your happy place.

Choose one or more of these methods to relax and do it daily. Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to us, but we can definitely learn to do it with practice, and the health benefits are beyond measure.

Face the fact that many holiday stressors are not going away. The relative you don’t get along with, the traffic, the never-ending list of things to do will always be there.

But you can learn to manage the holiday stress. And if you can learn to manage holiday stress, just think of what you can do the rest of the year.

Talk to your local NeuropathyDR™ doctor or physical therapist to explore ways to handle the holiday stress-a-thon and make it a healthier and more enjoyable experience this—and every—year, even with neuropathy or chronic pain!

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Stop My Foot Pain

How many times have you said, “I wish I could stop my foot pain.” If you’re anything like thousands of patients around the world, you’ve said it a lot. Foot pain can be due to a multitude of reasons. Arthritis and neuropathy are two of the most common. Depending on the cause of your foot pain, you may require a combination of therapies.

Because issues such as arthritis and neuropathy are so complex, they often require a multi-modality approach. Consequently, by combining different forms of therapy you get the best outcomes. For instance, by combining neurostimulation, nutritional therapy, medications, supplements, and exercise we have helped thousands achieve excellent pain relief. Other practices such as meditation and yoga can also be included. Patients have found that our products along with customized plans achieve the best results they’ve ever known. It’s a matter of using therapies available for the benefits that each offers and getting the biggest bang for your efforts.

At NeuropathyDR® our team works tirelessly for you. We are continuously imroving the best approach to neuropathy treatment. By combining our NDGen®, conductive socks and gloves (you can read about those here), our patients have achieved ultimate pain relief. The combination of the NDGen neurostimulator and conductive socks provides optimized stimulation programmed for your specific needs. The tips of your toes will thank you. Our socks are clinical grade and far better than cheaper similar products. They are also comfortable. But most importantly, they will provide you customized and optimized pain relief. If you are ready to stop your foot pain, this is the best solution anywhere.

How Do Conductive Socks Stop My Foot Pain?

Great question! Our compression socks are designed to work hand in hand with our breakthrough NDGen unit. Just snap the two together and your ready to begin. Once you start, the next step is “ah”. Of course, you can program your unit. Create optimized pain relief just for you. Also, you will keep your feet warm during your treatment. The combination of good fit, comfort, warmth and precise stimulation breaks through the pain barrier and brings foot pain relief to a new level.

Don’t continue to suffer with the foot pain of neuropathy and arthritis. Get started with the NDGen and our clinical grade conductive socks today. Less pain will visit tomorrow. All you have to do is wait for delivery!

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What is Holistic Neuropathy Treatment?

Blending holistic & conventional neuropathy treatment can so often help relieve your pain. This is what we do at NeuropathyDR. Helping patients be successful with neuropathy and pain relief is our passion. We love to see our patients improve in ways they’ve never done before. We find blending a conventional & holistic approach is so often the best way to make this happen.

But, you might wonder exactly what we mean by holistic neuropathy treatment. Well here goes!

What is a Holistic Neuropathy Treatment Plan?

We believe that treatment plans should be as individualized as the people they effect. As many kinds of people as there are, so too are there as many ways of treating them. For instance, think about these different methods of treatment, then think of how many you’ve been told about:

  • Prescription medications (pills) – medicine
  • Intravenous therapy (IVs) – medicine
  • Neurostimulation (NDGen®)
  • Nutrition – food & targeted supplements
  • Hydration – fluids
  • Exercise – body movement
  • Laser therapy
  • Physical therapy

And the list could go on and on. Most likely you’ve heard of a couple, but it’s highly unlikely any practitioner has helped you put together your own individualized plan of action using whichever ones work best for you. The point is, there are many options out there and that’s the message we are here to spread. Every patient is an individual and no one treatment plan works for every single one of them all the time.

We believe the best approach is blending the best of conventional & holistic neuropathy treatment because we know that’s where the most success can be achieved.

Through many years of practice, we have learned some of the best combinations for patients, including many of those listed above. The absolute best way to treat your neuropathy pain and/or other chronic pain is a combination therapy.

We advise you to work with a trained physician who understands the benefits and outcomes of both conventional & holistic treatment choices.

Here at NeuropathyDR, that’s what we are all about. In fact, we want to help you. Helping patients find true success is our mission.

We’re waiting to hear from you now. Just give us a holler and we’ll help you get started. You can go ahead and join us over on Facebook right now. Just click HERE!

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3 Pieces of Better Health

Can it really be this easy? Are there really just 3 pieces of better health? The answer is a resounding yes!

Too often, like so many things we tend to make health and even treatment of certain illnesses more complicated than they need to be. As a regular reader of our materials you understand some of this already but let’s try to put it all together today in a simple fashion.

The first piece of the 3 Pieces of Better Health, in fact the mainstay of better health and yes recovery from illness has got to be diet. A plant based Mediterranean type diet. This diet with very limited, to no animal products, plenty of healthy fats like olive and fish oil and little to no refined sugars is not only perhaps the healthiest diet but also quite likely the best for our brains and nervous systems or what we doctors call neuro-protective. So this has got to be your first priority. If you need a refresher, get your ND Diet Plan HERE

There’s no question no matter where you are that physical activity is paramount to your wellness and recovery from any illness. In fact, simply start where you are! If you’re recovering from surgery for example, use that wheelchair or walker as much as you possibly can. If you are completely mobile, walk whenever you can and in fact avoid sitting for more than 20 minutes maximum any given time. Believe or not these deliberate but simple physical activities when done consistently during our day probably do more for blood flow and strength than any other single thing you can do throughout the day. This includes going to the gym in the morning and then sitting all day on the job or at home.

Finally, so much as the written about mindset and health. Make no mistake about it your attitude, your support system, your interaction with family and those you love go a long way towards ensuring you have this third but key piece of better health. And no it’s not without demanding your own needs are met. Add in daily meditation, regular thought provoking reading and simple downtime and you literally have a lifelong winning combination.

We’ll talk much more about the key chronic pain and neuropathy treatment pieces next time and as you’ll see these 3 pieces of better health slide right in a critical way.

 Finally, please don’t make your life or health plan more complicated than it is!

 Just think of all the time, money and energy you’ll save by simply becoming self sufficient with your shopping and diet, exercising at home and daily mindset & self-care!

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Disuse Syndrome

In our last post, we discussed how exercise can help control the symptoms of your underlying illness (whatever caused your autonomic neuropathy). Today we’re going to discuss the effects of not exercising, which are called disuse syndrome.

Use Vs. Disuse

When you’re thinking about starting an exercise program and you’re thinking about how dangerous it can be, you also need to consider the effects of not starting an exercise program.

The effects of not exercising are called disuse syndrome.  If your level of activity seriously out of sync with your level of inactivity, you can develop:

• Decreased physical work capacity

• Muscle atrophy

• Negative nitrogen and protein balance

• Cardiovascular deconditioning

• Pulmonary restrictions

• Depression

The effects of any of these symptoms of disuse syndrome in combination with your autonomic neuropathy symptoms can make a bad situation even worse.

The very nature of your autonomic neuropathy can affect the systems that are most sensitive to the effects of exercise.  Any exercise program you begin should be designed and monitored by a medical professional well versed in the effects of autonomic neuropathy, like your NeuropathyDR® clinician.

Autonomic neuropathy can have a serious effect on the very systems in the body that are directly affected by exercise.  Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider before you start an exercise program and let them monitor your progress.

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