Peripheral Neuropathy: Help And Support For Patients

People who learn for the first time that they are afflicted with a neuropathy usually react with anger and rejection of that fact. They feel so helpless and frustrated at this turn of fate in their lives.

They cannot fathom why they were so unlucky to acquire such a disease. After realizing that they cannot do anything to turn back time, they devote their energies into seeking the best treatment that money has to offer. But sometimes, it is not only the physical help that they need but also the strength to accept this neuropathy emotionally and spiritually.

There are no given guidelines, manual or book to tell them what to do in times like these. It is not written on paper about how to live through this kind of problem. This is why support groups are formed, to help bring these people together and try to sympathize with one another about their condition — especially if these people have no families to turn to or have been rejected by their own families.

It is hard enough to withstand the daily bombardment of symptoms ranging from numbness and pain to weakness and immobility. It is even more difficult to go about daily tasks with all those symptoms impeding your movement. But these problems are still not impossible tasks to perform.

Here are some tips to all who are experiencing this condition. Priorities have to be set first. What chore needs immediate attention? What can be done tomorrow instead? Although physical activity is essential so the blood can circulate easily, it should also not be overdone.

When the pain becomes severe, it is sometimes better to go out rather than stay indoors and dwell on the pain. Going out to walk in the mall or park, or watch a movie, or be with friends will distract your attention from the pain you are feeling. Going out is also good for your health and state of mind since the fresh air will do wonders for the body as well as refresh the mind.

Attend meetings with support groups. They are the most learned in terms of this kind of illness because they have or they are also going through the same situation as you. Asking for help and support is not a form of weakness, as others may think. It shows the willingness to accept the disease and find an outlet for your emotions. Sometimes family members can give you support, but less of a degree of understanding as to your condition. This better understanding you can get from these support groups. Talking to them also lessens your risk for depression. You can check with your doctor or community health department for any FAQ or tutorial type formats about these groups.

Lastly, prepare beforehand for challenging situations that you foresee coming, like moving or having a new job. These are stressful situations, but knowing what to do ahead of time will make the transition easier and will help you to cope with the situation better.

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