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Anyone here dealing with peripheral neuropathy?

Neuropathy | Last Active: Mar 19 8:46pm | Replies (2901)

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@clayhere, @johnbishop, @jenniferhunter Good afternoon. I am going to try to give you some food for thought about similar issues that I have had, have resolved, or just plain have to deal with every day. I am including @jenniferhunter because her last post is relevant and helpful. When you spoke about the "straight jacket" around your rib cage, my memory kicked in. I also have a John Barnes trained Expert level Myofascial Release Therapist. You can go online and see how the fascia covers every organ in our body. Whether from tension and anxiety or by virtue of an accidental injury, the fascia can tighten and become very painful. My diagnosis was chronic myofascial pain syndrome. The very slow, gentle massage (MFR) attempts to push the pain out by getting rid of tightness. It can be a straight jacket in the chest area, bands of tingling pain around the head, burning feelings around the abdomen or what feels like the heart in the chest cavity. Sometimes one fascia layer will be released only to find a second layer underneath that may have been causing the discomfort. Many therapists may say they do MFR (myofascal realese) but really have not had the training. So...there is a directory for you at this link (https://www.myofascialrelease.com/find-a-therapist/). Sometimes I can feel the tightness in my ribcage or knee and work on an area myself. If you have a companion living with you, he or she may also be able to provide some immediate assistance. Recently, I have been concerned about increased numbness in my feet accompanied by a change of color in my feet and toes to a blue/purple. I had also become more unsteady on those feet and began to worry about losing my driver's license, resorting to a wheel chair, etc. So....yesterday, my MFR therapist worked on my feet. I could even feel the energy going up one leg and over to the other. To "net it out" for you, I came home and walked across the carpet...and felt the loops of fiber for the first time in a long while. And the purple feet are now flesh colored. I don't know how long lasting this treatment will be....I just know it worked and relieved my anxiety that was start to make my head and body tighten up. Hot showers, heating elements and meditation also work for me. A gentle series of yoga poses for strengthing the body works and must become a daily routine. Once a week just doesn't cut it. Making sure your body is in alignment every day is important. I recently discovered that the myofascial pain in my knee was sent there by my hip which was ensconced in a chair that did not have lumbar support. My therapist found the triggers in my lower spine and told me to change my chair or get a lumbar support pillow. That was three weeks ago and I have not had a reoccurrence. So...that's enough for today...you can go to my posts and read about my adoption of Medical Marijuana as my only pain control substance. Keep trying, keep asking and keep letting us know of your progress. Best wishes. This "group" is my truly best friend on this journey. Chris

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Hi Chris,
Yes you're absolutely right about MFR and the layers underneath the layers. It takes a long time to get that way, so unraveling that will take time too. I didn't know if it was OK to post the website link for the John Barnes website. My PT is an expert level trained there at Therapy on the Rocks in Sedona in addition to her doctorate in physical therapy. She told me that if you can't find a trained MFR practitioner in your area, call Therapy on the Rocks. They have to pay to be listed on the website, but if you call them, they can give you names of people who trained there. It was my physical therapist who said to me first, that she thought I had an issue with my cervical spine when my first symptom was a pain in my ankle when I turned my head that turned pain on and off with the position of my head. During the time I was treating TOS (thoracic outlet syndrome) with her, and my Cervical disc ruptured, and as time went on, I stopped progressing on my TOS therapy, and we focused on managing the muscle spasms as the spine issues got worse because of the spine problem. I did have spine surgery at Mayo, and had to recover and rehab from that during which my TOS pain got worse because of stopping therapy during healing of the incision and waiting for fusion, and because of the increasing tightness of the surgical scar tissue. I made a choice to stay in a neck brace for 4 months because I didn't want hardware on my spine and had to wait for the bones to fuse, and doing this weakens the neck muscles. I've been rehabbing, doing MFR on the TOS and scar tissue tightness, and rebuilding the muscle I lost before surgery because of spinal cord compression. I am now making progress on the TOS again. I have learned so much from my PT, that I can self treat and resolve a lot of things and we've been able to reduce therapy to once a week. I also build my core strength with swimming and horseback riding (slowly and safely with my doctor's permission) and that helps everything. Recovery is a slow process when there are a few things involved. I've had 3 years with MFR treatment and it does work wonders if you can be patient and help out with home stretching. She tells me that bones just go where they are told to go by the muscles and if those are twisted and stuck where they don't function properly, this is what MFR can help. With your comment about your feet, this is also what happens with TOS in the arms. My hands used to turn blue and purple and get cold when the circulation was compromised along with the nerve signals. I don't get this anymore. There are multiple compression points in the chest and variations on TOS, but it's basically not enough space in-between the collar bone and rib cage where everything needs to pass through. The fascia is like a spider web net that connects everything and I've felt it pull and release from my head down to my toes and even across the sides in my body. When it is off, it puts lots of extra pressure wherever it is too tight. Scar tissue forms in fascia too when it is cut or torn, and MFR can help that too. The fascia actually changes from a semi solid to a liquid state when it releases, and if reforms itself. Sometimes is takes some extra work to keep it after the remodeling. When you feel it release, it is like a slight tingle and this brings circulation to that area that was overly compressed. It's common to see areas of the skin blanch, and then turn red when circulation is restored. Once you get things moving correctly again, maintain it with stretching or something like Yoga which does also stretch the fascia. By doing this you also gain a 3 dimensional body awareness and can feel how things are connected and put together. I always feel great after my PT sessions. Chris, ask your therapist to explain what she does and make some suggestions for a home program to maintain what she has done. I have equipment recommended by my PT, foam roller, balls, things to mobile the spine, and reset the sacrum. You should ask for recommendations that would benefit your case from her. I have to reset my pelvis when it shifts because of fascial tightness. That can contribute a lot to back and sciatic pain. Releasing fascia also releases the toxins that have been stored there for years, and you can detox that with soaking in an epsom salt bath every few weeks or so for at least a half hour. My skin would get very itchy and irritated until I detox it through the skin, and I also absorb magnesium from the bath which helps the body in detoxing. I used to have a lot of fascial pain too. If you make this your habit, you will get past all of that and the fascia will be healthy again, and will have proper circulation of nutrients and oxygen as well as proper waste removal. You'll probably create some dark bathtub rings when you start this, and as more of the bad stuff has been released, it will happen a lot less when you soak in the epsom salts. Good luck on your journey and be well!