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Oct 8, 2018 04:58PM
Oct 9, 2018 08:57AM
As for the Vegan thing. I like Greger as well. I also have high cholesterol, high blood sugar and gained 25 pounds after my oophrectomy/hysterectomy eating the same food I always have. I am not sure why removing all fat/caffeine and animal products ( I don't do soy or dairy anyway) and adding green vegetables changed my neuropathy but I noticed a huge difference in 18 days. So much so that I was stunned and assumed it must be the placebo effect. I stuck with it along with the B shots and my foot improved over time. It was significant for me ! Enough to stay with it until January to see my new blood work and to be pain free and be able to use my hands. I couldn't even type this post 8 weeks ago it was so tight and painful.
Yes yes neuropathy is a terrible pain that truly affect your daily life. the effects of Health from cancer have nearly wrecked mine. I would recommend anyone with neuropathy consider taking B12. its water soluble so it's safe your body gets rid of any extra.
In my case I tested very low in B12 even though at the time I was eating meat prior to be starting this whole foods diet.
you could take the sublingual B12 easily in the mornings it might make a difference. I have been doing a b complex shot plus B12 every since I went on this whole foods high vegetable no fat of any kind eating plan. it took quite a while for my body to switch over and for me to figure out how to balance my nutrition. it also was very helpful to have a dietitian because she helped me figure out how to digest beans.
I think neuropathy from these treatments and from drugs and from anesthesia that many of us had is far more complex than diabetic neuropathy. Honestly I was surprised that I had any effect and changing my diet and I think it's worth trying even if maybe it doesn't work for everyone. I know from watching the webinar on the opening page that carboplatin just fried my peripheral nerves. I'm just trying to hold onto and make the best of what I've got because I'm only 45 and this is a long road ahead.
I started the B complex and b12 shots( minus folate and folic acid because the cancer center told me to avoid that ) because I heard that was not safe about six weeks before I started the plant based diet. So who's to say it's not the B12 or the B6 or the B complex that is making the difference. I plan to stay on it until January when I have my blood work done again. I also had thought of adding Magnesium as most people are low in it and it is essential for the nerves.
I wish there were more treatments and drugs available to treat this. the neuropathy webinar on the the neuropathy webinar on the breast cancer homepage is worth watching or listening to I did learn a lot from it. Most importantly I learned that I wasn't crazy because the neuropathy he described as identical to what I experienced 2 months after I finish chemo.
I have tried a lot of drugs for treatment at least what they would make available to me.
I didn't like Gabapentin but many people do. it cause severe short-term memory problems for me even worse than I already had from chemo brain.
I haven't tried Cymbalta but I have heard that it does work very well for many people.
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