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Three ways to positively deal with nerve pain during the New Year

Happy New Year 2019 from all of us here at the Neuropathic Therapy Center. The new year often comes with new beginnings and new resolutions but also new challenges. Whether you’ve been living with it for years or you’re just newly dealing with symptoms, life with chronic nerve pain can present daily challenges. Here are three tips to help combat the challenges and face 2019 with a positive handle on your nerve pain. Stay active It may be difficult to want to socialize, exercise or even leave your home when your nerve pain is severe.
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Four tips to combat nerve pain during cold weather

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. But if you experience chronic pain, lower temperatures can make it one of the most difficult times of the year. Neuropathy — like most chronic pain — often gets worse as temperatures drop. Blood flow slows in your outer extremities when your body is exposed to cold. Nerve pain — especially in your hands and feet — increases as your circulation decreases. The change in barometric pressure — due to temperature drops — intensifies pressure on the nerves, which send pain signals to the brain.
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How to safely treat nerve pain while managing diabetes

If you or a loved one is living with diabetes, you know it’s a daily routine of closely monitoring what you eat, trying to fit in regular exercise, taking medications and testing your blood sugar. The added stress and discomfort brought on by nerve pain can be exhausting and even unbearable — a struggle that up to 50 percent of people with diabetes face every day. Diabetes can cause diabetic neuropathy if blood sugar levels aren’t monitored and controlled.
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How does chemotherapy affect nerve pain?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and we’re taking this opportunity to specifically focus on the nerve pain of those fighting breast cancer and other cancers alike. ​ While there are many highly recognized side-effects from chemotherapy treatment — including fatigue, hair loss, nausea and vomiting — nerve pain isn’t necessarily at the top of the list. However, some chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer can cause nerve damage. This is specifically called “chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy” (CIPN).
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How to spot nerve pain in children

It’s that time of year again when school is upon us. While your child is getting used to their new classes and making new friends, the last thing you want them to experience is nerve pain.  Although nerve pain is a commonly addressed issue among adults, children can be suffering in silence.   Similar to adults, a child’s pain can occur because the nerves aren’t working properly or they send signals to his or her brain even when there is nothing physically wrong.
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How to travel smart with nerve pain

If you could go anyway in the world, where would you go? Would you venture off to the Maldives, roam the streets of Paris or stay up late in the Big Apple? The world is a vast and beautiful place filled with many opportunities to explore and enjoy.  So, what are you waiting for? I guess the better question is, what’s holding you back? If the answer is nerve pain there is hope. Everyone has the right to enjoy a little R&R once in a while, and that includes nerve pain sufferers.
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5 ways sitting is killing your nerves

How often do you sit? Think about it for a second.  You sit in a car on the way to work probably in traffic. You sit at your desk for eight hours and maybe get up for 30 minutes at lunch just to sit again. On the way home, you sit in your car now in more traffic, only to sit on the couch to watch TV. Sound familiar?  Sitting, though comfortable, is not healthy for our bodies. In fact, sitting does more harm than good. Our bodies were meant to stand. The natural curvature of the spine supports the weight of our body evenly.

Neuropathy Nutrition 101

It’s not every day that you think about the food you put in. It’s easier to not care about certain ingredients or daily serving sizes when the stomach is calling. However, this relaxed way of thinking needs to change if the body has any hope of feeling good.  Good nutrition plays an integral role in how you fight off certain illness, recover faster and ward off unnecessary pain.  It’s time to think about what you put in your body and how it helps or hurts you more than you think.
Why are feet more sensitive to diabetic nerve pain?

Why are feet more sensitive to diabetic nerve pain?

No matter how hard you try, every stand, walk, skip or jump seems more painful than the next. So, what is it about the feet that causes so much pain? If you are living with diabetes, you may have experienced nerve damage or neuropathy. Neuropathy is a common side effect of diabetes and can lead to chronic, widespread nerve pain. However, it’s the feet that suffer the most from a tingling or burning sensation and even numbness. The reason for this is due to peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is one of four types of diabetic nerve pain.
What is Neuropathy?

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy or neuropathic pain is a result of damaged nerves. It can be a single nerve or group of nerves within the body that causes a tingling, burning or shooting pain. It can cause a great deal of discomfort and prevent many from doing everyday tasks like getting out of bed. Nerve damage affects your nervous system. The nervous system comprises two primary systems, known as the peripheral nervous system and the central nervous system.