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Pain Management board

I have to agree with the poster about the sugar connection. When I was first diagnosed with neuropathy, I found this board and a poster had posted many articles and information on the sugar link. Even though I am not diabetic, I decided to cut out as much sugar as possible. I do limit even complex sugars but it is the simple sugars that cause the worse pain. After eliminating sugar, you will see a difference in pain levels if you suddenly eat say, a hot fudge sundae. A few hours later, the pain will sharply increase.

One thing I have found is that sleep helps immensely with the pain. If I haven't slept well, the pain is almost unmanageable. And getting enough rest is essential but daunting when you have pain. First, talk to your doctor if you are not sleeping well at night. Several things can be tried along with natural remedies.

I also have restless leg symdrome from the neuropathy and was put on Requip at night. That solved the sleep issue right away. Requip knocks me out even though I have been taking it for over a year. The difference of a good night's sleep was amazing and now I don't have a single night where I lay awake but I had previously found an alternative.

You can program your mind for sleep by sticking to a strict routine. Make sure your bedroom is uncluttered and you have the best mattress and bedding you can afford. Choose a time for sleep and don't vary it, even on weekends. One routine is to spray your bedding with aromatherapy linen spray and turn on a low light. Brush your teeth, wash your face, and then get into a warm bath with some light reading material. You can also use aromatherapy candles or bath salts. Lavender is a good one. Soak at least 20 minutes, rinse, and dry off. Go immediately to bed and turn off the light. Don't stop to go lock the doors, get a drink of water, etc. Have those things done already. It will take a few weeks but then you will start feeling very drowsy while in the bath as your mind will know it is time to prepare for sleep.

The consistent routine is actually a method used for children who have difficulty falling asleep but I decided to modify it for my own purposes before I started taking the Requip and it worked very well. I still had the occasional night of restless sleep or trouble falling asleep but nothing like I had had previously.