Thoughts on problems children with neuropathy face in school and everyday life.

kids neuromuscular test

Although neuropathy, or nerve damage, is often associated with diabetes, it can strike a person at any age.

Farah Musallam wrote an article, 9 Things Parents of Kids With Neuromuscular Diseases Wish Teachers Understood, about how best to cope when kids have neurological issues as they enter or return to school. She writes,

“As we start a new school year, The Mighty teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association to raise awareness about neuromuscular diseases and the challenges students and their families face when teachers and school staff do not understand their condition. We asked parents in our communities what they wish their children’s teachers understood about neuromuscular diseases this school year.”

Among the nine points she cited, some were,

  • Neuromuscular disease can affect how you concentrate because you are so tired.
  • My daughter wants nothing more than to blend in. See her, not just her wheelchair.
  • It’s not contagious. People [with neuromuscular diseases] are just like everyone else.

Read her insightful article, in its entirety, in the link above.

Another type of neuromuscular affliction to strike youngsters is Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which is a hereditary sensory and motor neuropathy. The video below shows some of its early signs, such as:

  • clumsiness
  • slight difficulty in walking because of trouble picking up the feet
  • weak leg muscles
  • fatigue

Exercise for neuropathy sufferers can help deal with pain

exercise for neuropathy

Exercise can help manage the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy. While the uncomfort won’t go away, staying active as much as possible serves to keep the body and mind sharp.

Fitness Expert, Jennifer Bayliss in Everydayhealth.com, answers the question,

I have diabetes-related neuropathy and I’m a little afraid to exercise because of it. Can you give me some ideas on how to get active and avoid further complications.

Ms Bayliss first points out the benefits of staying active.

“After all, physical activity can help you control your blood sugar levels, improve your mood, and manage stress and emotions. It can also aid in weight loss, which helps lessen tension and pain in your lower body.”

Then she recommends the following steps as a safe and successful program to follow.

  1. Talk to your doctor about possible health risks before starting any strenuous physical routine.
  2. Begin with seated exercises if there is pain with standing or balance issues could affect your safety.
  3. Practice balance training when possible as a way to work the lower muscles of the body.
  4. Find the right cardio regimen, such as swimming or exercise bikes, if walking or running isn’t possible.
  5. Regularly check your feet, hands or other pressure points for sores, which can present serious problems, if gone undetected.

Besides the medical benefits, activity helps a person feel happier and more alive.

Another study found that Exercise May Reduce Impact of Diabetic Neuropathy Pain on Daily Life.

“The researchers found that, although pain intensity had not changed by the end of the program, participants reported significant reductions in how much pain interfered with their walking, normal work, relationships with others, sleep, and how much pain interfered with their life overall.”

One summary for a scientific study on the advantages of exercise to possibly prevent the serious effects of diabetic peripheral neuropathy concludes,

“Fortunately, patients can combat—and even prevent—diabetic peripheral neuropathy by following a regular exercise routine. Aerobic exercises, such as running or swimming, strength training exercises, functional training, and tai chi have all been shown to improve symptoms, whether by decreasing pain and neuropathic symptoms or by increasing function and nerve conduction. In addition, exercise improves glucose control and combats other complications related to diabetes, such as obesity and hypertension, thus making it a cornerstone of any diabetic patient’s treatment.”

exercise guide for DNP
Credit: John Whyte, MD, MPH, Consultant360.com

 

Recent article claims essential oils can provide relief for nerve pain

Suffer from nerve pain? These 18 essential oils could provide some relief.

An article in aromautopia.com , with the subtitle, 18 Best Essential Oils For Nerve Pain, has a wonderful graphic about the essential oils.

18 Essential Oils Nerve Pain
Image courtesy of aromautopia.com

The oils mentioned include:

  1. Balsam Fir
  2. Bergamot
  3. Black pepper
  4. Black spruce
  5. Clary sage
  6. Clove
  7. Eucalyptus
  8. Frankincense
  9. Geranium
  10. Ginger
  11. Helichrysum
  12. Lavender
  13. Marjoram
  14. Peppermint
  15. Roman Chamomile
  16. Rosemary
  17. Wintergreen
  18. Ylang Ylang

These aren’t cures for nerve pain, but recommendations as possible ways to lessen it’s effects. As the author cautions,

I often stress that you should not use essential oils undiluted, and never apply a neat oil directly to the skin. Most essential oils that are from reputable companies come with safety instructions and these should always be read prior to use.

Always check before administering to pregnant women, babies and small children as there are a number of essential oils that should not be used.

And you should always consult with your doctor as some oils can interact with other medication.