Imagine for a moment a 12 piece puzzle. Create a scene in this puzzle where you are the star attraction. You could be in a garden, at the beach, on a peaceful mountain or quietly enjoying some time with close family and friends in the back yard around the pool. Now imagine a disruptive force breaking up your picture into its 12 pieces. This is the metaphor for your Post Herpetic Neuralgia. Your journey to getting well is like having to put all of the pieces of the puzzle back together again. This requires team work, with you playing an active, if not the leading role.
Your doctor is a vital part of your support team and you should not only make ever effort to cooperate with him in managing your post herpetic neuralgia, but more importantly, you should engage your doctors' help and support as you embark on your getting well again program and put the pieces of your puzzle back together again. But the weeks keep running into months and the months keep running into years, while your pain keeps going on, and on, and on, without any appeal end in sight? Is your doctor missing something important?
Read on to find out the top 7 errors many doctors make when treating post herpetic neuralgia sufferers.
First error: – Taking a "single bullet" approach to managing your PHN. Post herpetic Neuralgia is a complex problem and there are many pieces to this puzzle. It is best managed by integrating alternative approaches with conventional treatments with the goal of weaning you off your drug treatments as soon as is practical.
Second error: Not addressing and ideally managing the microorganism issue. Shingles is precipitated by the Herpes Zoster virus, but there may be many other microorganisms that come into play as the PHN drags on. Until this puzzle piece is addressed, there is little hope of improvement.
Third error: – Not taking into account the vital role your immune system is playing. Your immune system is the protector of your body. It is almost futile to embark on a process of getting well, without working to strengthen your immune system and putting this piece of the puzzle back in place. It is also vital to minimize those things that slow down or harm your immune system.
Fourth error: – Not working with you to correct the acid / base imbalance in your body. Just like how your body functions best in a narrow temperature range, so it needs an optimum acid / base balance for optimum health and healing. This puzzle piece should not be overlooked. An acid condition favors the growth of microorganisms and these microorganisms damage the myelin sheath that protects the nerves.
Fifth error: – Not getting you on a program to facilitate the healing of your nerves. Nerves heal at the rate of 1 millimeter per month and specific nutrients are vital to supporting the healing process. The B vitamins among others are critical to this process and are a critical puzzle piece.
Sixth error: – Not helping you to understand that things are you need to avoid. There are certain types of food, environmental toxins and other conditions that not only aggravate your condition, but slow down the process of getting better. They slow down the process of getting your puzzle pieces back in place. Have you been made aware of them?
Seventh error: – Not addressing the mind body connection. This is a major piece of the puzzle. More and more modern research supports the fact that fear, anxiety, stress and other negative emotions slow down your healing process while on the other hand the emotions of faith, hope and a positive outlook are beneficial and promote healing. This could have a positive impact even in post herpetic neuralgia.