Tuesday, 21 March 2017

With Neuropathy, Don't Let Your Body Fall Into A 'Disuse' Syndrome

Today's short post from neuropathydr.com (see link below) is as good an argument for exercising if you have neuropathy as you'll find. One of the best reasons for exercising (however uncomfortable the idea feels) is that your muscles, joints and nervous system will degenerate through disuse. Especially as you get older and the pain and your lifestyle mean that your life by definition becomes more sedentary, it's important to keep as active as possible. If your neuropathy is affecting more parts of your body than just your feet and legs (autonomic neuropathy) then it's vital to keep moving in some way or other, so that the organs, muscles and joints still have something to work for. The article is short but makes the point very clearly. Well worth a read.

Disuse Syndrome
Posted by john on February 13, 2017

In our last post, we discussed how exercise can help control the symptoms of your underlying illness (whatever caused your autonomic neuropathy). Today we’re going to discuss the effects of not exercising, which are called disuse syndrome.

Use Vs. Disuse

When you’re thinking about starting an exercise program and you’re thinking about how dangerous it can be, you also need to consider the effects of not starting an exercise program.

The effects of not exercising are called disuse syndrome. If your level of activity seriously out of sync with your level of inactivity, you can develop:

• Decreased physical work capacity

• Muscle atrophy

• Negative nitrogen and protein balance

• Cardiovascular deconditioning

• Pulmonary restrictions

• Depression

The effects of any of these symptoms of disuse syndrome in combination with your autonomic neuropathy symptoms can make a bad situation even worse.

The very nature of your autonomic neuropathy can affect the systems that are most sensitive to the effects of exercise. Any exercise program you begin should be designed and monitored by a medical professional well versed in the effects of autonomic neuropathy, like your NeuropathyDR® clinician.

Autonomic neuropathy can have a serious effect on the very systems in the body that are directly affected by exercise. Make sure you talk to your healthcare provider before you start an exercise program and let them monitor your progress.

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