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Treating nerve damage (neuropathy)

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    Patient Information: Treating nerve damage (neuropathy)

Protect hands and feet

    ; Avoid extremes of temperatures, and wear warm gloves and footwear in cold

    temperatures.

    ; Check water temperature with an unbreakable thermometer before bathing or

    dishwashing (should be less than 110 F or 43.3 C).

    ; Use pot holder when cooking and gloves when washing dishes or gardening.

    ; Wear well-fitting shoes with good support.

    ; Inspect skin regularly for injury and infection.

    ; Your balance may be affected by nerve damage in the feet avoid activities that

    could lead to injuries from falls.

Muscle weakness

    ; Remove clutter, furniture with wheels and scatter rugs in your home to avoid falls.

    ; Install safety equipment in the bathroom (e.g. bars in the shower or bath; raised

    toilet seat) and handrails in stairways.

     Wear clothes with zippers rather than buttons, elastic waistbands, pullover tops, ;

    shoes with Velcro closures.

    ; Physiotherapy may be helpful.

Bowel program

    ; Prevent and treat constipation promptly.

    ; Eat plenty of high fibre foods (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts)

     Increase fluid intake. ;

    ; Use stool softeners and laxatives as required.

Treatment of pain

    ; Your doctor may prescribe medications for nerve pain, including Gabapentin,

    Nortriptyline or Lyrica.

    ; Anesthetic medications such as lidocaine may also be prescribed.

    ; Hand and foot massage may be soothing.

    ; Tiger balm or capsaicin cream application may be helpful.

Vitamins and supplements

    1) B complex vitamins - The vitamin B family helps prevent and treat injured nerves and includes:

    ; B1 (thiamine), found in whole-grain cereals, bread, red meat, egg yolks, green

    leafy vegetables

    ; B2 (riboflavin), in whole-grain products, milk, meat, eggs, cheese and peas 2010/rc

    ; B3 (niacin), in protein-rich foods such as meat, fish, brewer's yeast, milk, eggs,

    legumes

    ; B5 (pantothenic acid), in meat, whole grain cereals and legumes

    ; B6 (pyridoxine), in liver, meat, brown rice, fish, butter, wheat germ

    ; B9 (folic acid), in yeast, liver, green vegetables, and whole grain cereals

    ; B12 (cyanocobalamine), in liver, meat, egg yolk, poultry and milk.

    B vitamins are water soluble and are not stored in the body, so must be taken every day through food or in supplements. All of these B vitamins can be obtained in a B Complex formulation. Look for B Complex or Stress Formula 100 at the local pharmacy or health food store.

    2) Alpha-lipoic acid, an antioxidant, reduces pain and numbness. Usual dose is 200 mg per day.

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