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Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in the country.
With
the increase in the number of patients developing diabetes comes an
increase in the number of patients developing complications.
One of those complications is diabetic neuropathy.
The
good news is that with proper treatment and a compliant patient,
diabetic neuropathy can be managed and quality of life vastly improved.
Meet "Evelyn"
"Evelyn"
is a 62 year old woman who presented to our office with progressive and
severe diabetic neuropathy. She suffered from diabetic neuropathy
symptoms in her hands and feet, intense cramping in her legs and
tingling in both feet. The range of motion in her back was severely
limited from the middle of her back to her hips. She was no longer able
to sleep and could not exercise due to the painful neuropathy symptoms
in her legs and feet. Even the easiest exercise, such as walking, was no
longer a possibility. At the time she came to us, she had been
suffering with these symptoms for 8 to 10 years. Even after 10 years of
medical and podiatric care, she was getting worse instead of better.
Treatment
After
a thorough history & physical and evaluation, we took her into the
treatment program. Her customized treatment program consisted of our
three pronged approach - manual therapies, in clinic therapy using both
the basin with the feet and gloves with the hands, daily blood sugar
monitoring and charting (four times per day) and metabolic and dietary
counseling and treatment.
With the combined therapies, treatment,
unique combinations of nutritional supplements, counseling and exercise
as tolerated (the combined supervised approach to "metabolic
rehabilitation" as we call it in the clinic), we were able to drop her
blood sugars by 120 points, without changing or increasing her
medication. The drop in her blood sugars ultimately led to a decrease in
her prescription medication needs.
Results
As a
result of the metabolic and nutritional work we did with Evelyn, her
blood sugar was down by 120 points, without any medication changes or
additions. After 5 weeks of treatment, her numbness and tingling levels
on a 0 to 10 scale, with 10 being the highest, went from 10 before
treatment down to 5 after treatment. She reported overall improvement of
25 - 30%. The tingling in her feet was significantly reduced.
Her leg cramps were markedly better as was her back pain.
With the improvement in her leg and foot pain, she was able to start increasing walking again.
Every day that she can exercise puts her one more day closer to a normal life.
While
Evelyn's results are significant, they're not perfect. She is very
happy with her progress and her condition is significantly improved.
The success of her treatment is as much a testament to the patient as the treatment.
She followed our orders diligently and was extremely compliant with our treatment program.
Evelyn
used her home care kit, treating herself at home concurrently with the
office care, took her supplements, did the blood sugar monitoring and
did her exercise and rehab too.
While there are no miracle cures,
this case illustrates the results that can be achieved with a solid
treatment strategy and patient compliance.
Without a strong partnership between patient and clinician, these results would not have been possible.



Dr. John Hayes, Jr. is an Evvy Award Nominee and author of
"Living and Practicing by Design" and "Beating Neuropathy-Taking Misery
to Miracles in Just 5 Weeks!"
Neuropathy patients, doctors and
physical therapists can find lots more about the neuropathy treatments
and systems of Dr John Hayes Jr by going to http://neuropathydr.com.
Peripheral neuropathy doctors, physical therapists and patients will
find more information as well as post comments and questions at this
site as well.




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