#61 Talking About Pain

#61 Talking About Pain

Make the most of pain scales. Even though they are not perfect, pain scales are still incredibly helpful. They provide the basic level of information that gets the point across and they can be tracked and analyzed to help find common patterns or trends. There is a lot of potential to using the scale when using it well.

#60 L-Theanine’s relaxing effects

Teapot pouring tea into a teacup

A naturally occurring amino acid in green and black tea, L-theanine facilitates relaxation when ingested, helping induce a state of calm, attentive wakefulness. It also improves attention span, focus and memory. Additional benefits may include reduced blood pressure and fat accumulation, and an improved immune system.

#59 Balance Training

#59 Balance Training

When we are constantly anxious about losing balance, or falling, it can be hard to get motivated to get out of the house, be active and even see friends or family. It is for these reasons, both mental and physical, that it is important for us to maintain adequate balance.

#58 Analgesics for PN

Colorful selection of medications

This is a summary of analgesics only and does NOT have all the possible information about the medications listed below. This is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for medical advice.  The information below does not assure that…

#57 Pain & Sleep-a double edge

Neuropathic pain, pain that is associated with dysfunction in the peripheral system, is commonly associated with comorbid sleep disturbances. Neuropathic pain can often be complex and is often chronic (lasts longer than 6 months) and can be exacerbated by comorbid…

#56 VoxxLife Wearable Neurotech – Wow!

Peripheral neuropathy is actual damage to the nerves, and most commonly experienced in the person’s legs and feet.  Symptoms are often described as painful, burning, numbness, tingling, or electric shock.  It can affect balance, stability, cause cramping, weakness, poor coordination…

#55 Evening Primrose Oil – for pain relief

Have you ever heard of the Evening Primrose? It is a biennial plant, meaning it takes two years to complete its biological life cycle, and it is characterized by it’s beautiful yellow flowers. Its name stems (no pun intended) from…

#54 Lidocaine – Numbing the Pain

Image of A man holding his lower back with both hands. His lower back appears red indicating inflammation or pain.

What is Lidocaine? Lidocaine is a type of anesthetic, a substance which numbs tissues to block pain perception. Lidocaine is often used as a topical anesthetic in forms such as gels, liquids, or creams, but is also available via injections.…

#53 Stretching – Best Moves Ever

Woman sitting on the ground with arm stretched over her head.

Stretching is known to help prevent injury and this is also true for atrophing muscles caused by peripheral neuropathy. Read about different types of stretches, their benefits and when best to stretch.

#52 Orthotics: When it’s Not Always a Walk in the Park

#52 Orthotics: When it’s Not Always a Walk in the Park

For many people experiencing neuropathy,  foot drop or drop foot may be a developing symptom that is uncomfortable and frustrating. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) characterizes drop foot as the struggle or inability to lift the toes…