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If you were offered something cheap and well tolerated that may prevent pain, would you take it? Of course you would. The problem with that hypothetical statement is that not many doctors offer such substances even when they exist. Yes, there are supplements which might help to prevent pain. Vitamins are just one example of a cheap, well tolerated substance that can help prevent pain. Another lesser known substance, Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC), is also one of those low hanging fruits just waiting to be utilized by the right people in the right circumstances.
But first, what is Acetyl-L-Carnitine? Without getting too scientific, ALC is a form of carnitine which is involved with energy production in the human body. Carnitine is made in the liver and kidneys from the amino acids, Lysine and Methionine. Of note, this process requires Vitamin C. And as already discussed, this vitamin is linked to nerve health or the lack thereof in the case of deficiency. Getting back to ALC, som...
When my hands and feet started hurting about a year after I finished chemo, my oncologist said I had, " Taxol toes ." She went on to explain that a more accurate term is peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve damage in the extremities--hands and feet.
My hands and feet felt like they were asleep. I frequently dropped things, and I had trouble walking on uneven terrain and steps because I wasn't getting accurate information from my nerves. For some people neuropathy can be severe enough that they have to go on disability.
If you are going to be taking a taxane chemo drug like Taxol or Taxotere , you should ask your oncologist about possible precautions to reduce the chances of getting peripheral neuropathy.
The Mayo Clinic suggests eating a diet rich in Vitamin B-12 foods like meats, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals. Some oncologists prescribe B vitamins, but be sure to talk to your oncologist before taking any supplements because sometimes they can interfere ...
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease? Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is due to atherosclerosis – a progressive disease that involves the hardening and narrowing of the arteries due to a gradual buildup of plaque (fatty deposits). PAD occurs in the arteries outside of the heart (called peripheral arteries). Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects millions of people in the United States, most of whom are not aware that they have the disease. PAD interferes with lifestyle by decreasing walking ability, and slowing healing to the affected areas. As blood flow and therefore oxygen supply progress, the affected area becomes less able to cope with the activities of ordinary everyday life, more amenable to scratches, infections, and eventually to cell death (gangrene). Atherosclerosis affects the whole body, and people with PAD also have a markedly increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death. A patient with PAD has about five times the risk of dying of a heart attack or stro...
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