In many of the 100 types of peripheral neuropathy, fast diagnosis and prompt action to treat the cause of the underlying can help eliminate or relieve nerve pain symptoms.

There are very few options available for peripheral neuropathy sufferers though. Maintaining the neuropathy often involves injection or physical therapies, or medicine prescribed by a specialist. Controlling immune or chronic underlying causes can lessen pain and any permanent or progressing nerve damage. For example, diabetes related neuropathy can be alleviated with renal dialysis as it filters toxicity from the body. Maintenance of health through smarter lifestyle choices will go a long way to help peripheral neuropathy sufferers and put them on a road to long term care and overall wellness.

Diet help for Peripheral Neuropathy

Exercise Loss of muscle and the associated loss of muscle fiber can accelerate neuropathic pain. Muscle weakness, muscle spasms, and burning in the hands and feet are common peripheral neuropathy symptoms and a sensible exercise program helps keep these symptoms at bay. Balance and coordination can be affected, so exercise strengthening these functional areas is encouraged to build the brain signals that control not only external motion, but autonomic functions such as blood pressure and the heart rate regulations(tachycardia or bradycardia), and the ability to perspire.

Nutrition help for Peripheral Neuropathy

With 30% of peripheral neuropathy cases classifies as ‘result unknown,’ diet is the single most important method of fighting the progression of nerve damage. Diet combined with exercise and neurotherapies is the only way to maintain symptoms in a nerve disorder that has no cure. Blood sugar and balanced nutrition can help minimize peripheral neuropathy symptoms. Diets should center on whole grains and low-starch fruits and vegetables, with lean meats 2 days a week, and fish 2-3 days a week. Portion control and cessation of alcohol intake is crucial.

Supplementation help for Peripheral Neuropathy

Treatment through supplementation of peripheral neuropathy can be traced back to the 19th century. In studies with pigeons, Dr. Eijkman cured polyneuropathy symptoms by introducing rice husks from the grain mills. The husks were high in thiamine, but at the time was just labeled “vitamin” and in the pursuit of a cure for peripheral neuropathy, vitamins were born. With peripheral neuropathy cases soaring from the war, thiamin was once again used to supplement soldiers and prison-of-war neuropathy outbreaks from thiamin deficiency, called “beriberi.” The importance of thiamin has arisen once again as bariatric surgery cases have led to nutritional deficiency and associated neurological problems. Western medicine and the recent decades of carb avoidance has led to thiamin deficiencies and hallmarked the importance of grain and its inherent vitamin composition for the body’s wellness.