A reader writes: I have type 2 and some compressed nerves in my back which I believe are contributing to neuropathy in my hands and feet. What can I do? Or, what can I take to improve my condition? I’ve been taking a vitamin B-6 supplement.
Dr. Gardner’s comments: Compressed nerves in the back usually are part of disc degeneration, and always have an inflammatory component that adds to the compression. The following have been found helpful:
- temporarily using natural anti-inflammatories (MSM, DMSO, curcumen, Boswelia, stinging nettle)
- therapeutic massage to relax the tight muscles that may be pulling on the back (like the gluteus meds and piriformis)
- carefully choosing a chiropractor to help with alignment,
- energy work of Jin Shin Jyutsu or
- frequency generator machines (FSM) that may be able to neutralize the pain or strengthen bone or connective tissue. Depending on the cause and length of time it has been present, determines how successful the treatment will be and how long healing may take.