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It's In The Genes
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer

(Page 4 of 4)

Eating healthy is extremely important if a person knows they are at high risk for neuropathy.

Massage helps improve circulation and simulate nerves. If a loved one’s experiencing pain with neuropathy, it can provide some temporary relief as well.

Coping

Part of a diagnosis of any illness is then learning the coping mechanisms needed to move forward. The same goes for neuropathy. A caregiver can help their loved one work through the setbacks. It is also important for a person to set priorities each day, by staying active but not overdoing it either.

Many people with pain and difficulty moving around often want to stay alone. This just makes it harder to see beyond the challenges. Encourage a loved one to visit someone or go for a walk.

Support is so important and as a caregiver, essential to offer it. Many people with hereditary neuropathy are embarrassed and unsure of themselves. Support groups and/or talking to a counselor may be good resources as well.

Finally, if a caregiver knows a loved one has a challenging situation approaching, help a loved one with neuropathy plan and be prepared, as to not induce extra stress. The calmer a person is, the less his or her symptoms will flare up.

Living with hereditary neuropathy can be stressful, physically and emotionally. A caregiver is an important piece of the overall puzzle to improve a loved one’s wellness and quality of life.

 

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