Peripheral Neuropathy and Mental Health

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that involves damage to the peripheral nervous system. Our peripheral nerves carry signals to and from our central nervous system. Malfunctioning of these nerves causes disruption and affects how the body reacts to reflexes and other stimuli, like pain and temperature. Pondering about life pre-diagnosis and the tag of “patient” may lead to an increase in your stress levels. In addition, research shows a bidirectional relationship between chronic pain and mental health disorders due to a shared neural mechanism. Likewise, patients with chronic pain are often at an increased risk of anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorder. For instance, about 2-40% of the population suffer from chronic pain and 17-29% suffer from mental health issues. Managing your mental health is as important as your physical health. Here are a few ways to cope.

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Establishing daily routines for neuropathy management

Planning your day and setting aside adequate time for each task can help with routine. Additionally, it helps to make sure you stay active without exerting yourself too much.

The importance of self-acceptance in chronic pain recovery

Accepting yourself and your condition is the first step towards your recovery. Living with chronic pain can pose a lot of challenges to your daily life. Instead of pondering on questions like, “Why me?” and your life before your diagnosis, consider accepting the negative aspects of your conditions and finding ways to help you cope with and ease your symptoms.

Finding positivity amidst neuropathic pain

When going through a condition that involves chronic pain, finding the positive side of things can often be challenging. If your neuropathy results from an underlying condition, it might be treatable. In other cases, adopting a healthier lifestyle can help you lead a balanced life.

Engaging in outdoor activities for mental wellbeing

Instead of fixating on the pain, getting out of the house and making outdoor plans with your friends can help you change your mindset. Above all, wanting to isolate yourself may feel like a comfortable choice, but distracting yourself can help you ease the discomfort you are going through.

The role of physical exercise in alleviating neuropathy symptoms

Consult your physician to develop an exercise routine for yourself. It helps increase blood flow, improving your mood and combating pain. Physical fitness plays an important role in your physical and mental health.

Seeking professional counseling for neuropathy-related insomnia and depression

Additionally, insomnia and depression can be side effects of peripheral neuropathy. Consider asking for help from counselors and therapists who can suggest methods to make your symptoms more comfortable to live with.

Leveraging support groups for coping strategies

Conversations with support group peers might help you learn things that have helped people cope with their symptoms. It’s understandable that not everyone will find support groups comfortable, but they can be a great place to get to know people with similar experiences.

Practical tips for navigating neuropathy challenges safely

It is helpful to prepare for the challenges you may face with your condition. Wearing shoes and protecting yourself while walking and installing handles in your bathrooms for extra grip can help prevent avoidable accidents. Always check your bath temperature using your elbow before getting in and do not sit in one position for a long period of time.

We understand that peripheral neuropathy can be difficult and frustrating to live with. Consult your physician to find the best ways to help you relieve your pain.

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What are some ways to take care of your mental health while dealing with peripheral neuropathy?

Plan your day.
Accept yourself and your condition.
Find the positive things in life.
Go outside.
Develop an exercise routine.
Ask for help and support.
Prepare for change.

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