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Living with Polyneuropathy CIDP, GBS, & CMT

Are naturopaths helpful?


#1

Looking for a way to deal with numbness now above the elbows to fingertips, knees to toes, 4 months into GBS for the second go round. Gabapentin does nothing to relieve the tightness & tingling and am hoping someone has had some relief using more natural supplements/treatments.
Looking forward to some good suggestions, thank you.


#2

Now I'm going to have to look up "Naturopath" aren't I? I can tell you that the tightness and tingling for me has progressively gotten better over time. I find that working the muscles, which in turn causes the nerves to work also I think, does seem to help repair the nerves. I am still on Gabapentin at the moment. I am also looking for less harmful relief. Good Luck! and let us know what you find.


#3

Thank you, how long have you had GBS and when did that tightness and tingling start receding?



Sandishus said:

Now I’m going to have to look up “Naturopath” aren’t I? I can tell you that the tightness and tingling for me has progressively gotten better over time. I find that working the muscles, which in turn causes the nerves to work also I think, does seem to help repair the nerves. I am still on Gabapentin at the moment. I am also looking for less harmful relief. Good Luck! and let us know what you find.


#4



Gayleen said:

Thank you, how long have you had GBS and when did that tightness and tingling start receding?

I have had GBS for almost a year. The major part of the tightness and tingling was in my legs and feet. It started getting better when I was able to stand and walk again. It hurt because the the nerves sent electric shocks and felt like my legs weighed a ton. But the more I use them the better it gets (over time). I just hope it goes away completely one day.


#5

I looked up "naturopath" I am going to try and find one and make an appointment. I have to say that alot of what I read fits me to a tee. Both before GBS and after. I'm now thinking it's possible I was hypothyroid BEFORE I was diagnosed with GBS and didn't know it. It could have contributed to the development of this syndrome. I am also thinking it can't hurt to get my nutrition, hormones, and minerals in balance. FYI I also read about the "water cure" this morning. (I am off work for a changed:) ). I am going to try that also. I know I pretty much stay a little dehydrated. You never know maybe it will help the pain! Best of luck to you.


#6

Thank you for your answer to my questions. My numbness just stays in spite of walking and using my hands more, very frustrating, so glad yours is improving



Sandishus said:



Gayleen said:

Thank you, how long have you had GBS and when did that tightness and tingling start receding?

I have had GBS for almost a year. The major part of the tightness and tingling was in my legs and feet. It started getting better when I was able to stand and walk again. It hurt because the the nerves sent electric shocks and felt like my legs weighed a ton. But the more I use them the better it gets (over time). I just hope it goes away completely one day.


#7

Good for you, I hope a naturopath helps, I still may do that too. The water cure sounds interesting.



Sandishus said:

I looked up “naturopath” I am going to try and find one and make an appointment. I have to say that alot of what I read fits me to a tee. Both before GBS and after. I’m now thinking it’s possible I was hypothyroid BEFORE I was diagnosed with GBS and didn’t know it. It could have contributed to the development of this syndrome. I am also thinking it can’t hurt to get my nutrition, hormones, and minerals in balance. FYI I also read about the “water cure” this morning. (I am off work for a changed:) ). I am going to try that also. I know I pretty much stay a little dehydrated. You never know maybe it will help the pain! Best of luck to you.


#8

Intergrative Medicine is combining Allopathic with Naturopathic for great results. Oxygen/Ozone therapies, Vitamin IV therapies, Homeopathic therapies the list is indeed long. But you are your best first prevention by increasing the protectiveness of your immune system daily, before during and after a health crisis. Alternative practitioners can help.


#9

When considering a naturopath, just be aware that they are not MDs and do not have the same training as MDs do. This is not to say that they are never useful, and I imagine some are quite helpful, but some caution is needed. Ideally, your naturopath and MD can work in tandem. The naturopath should not replace the MD.


#10

Regarding ozone therapies,

one doesn't have to go far into the internet to find that these therapies are not credible and have no scientific underpinning.

The American Cancer Society has devoted an entire page to warning patients away from the therapy: http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complement...

There is even a fatality list of patients who have been harmed by it: http://whatstheharm.net/ozonetherapy.html

Homeopathy has also been in the news a fair bit lately, and not in a good way:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11566362/Homeopathy-on-the-NHS-to-be-reviewed.html

http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2015/04/fda-takes-new-look-homeopathy

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/homeopathic-remedies-no-better-than-placebo-study-finds/