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Many with neuropathy will tell you that in addition to the pain, tingling, numbness and other symptoms of nerve damage – there is often a heightened level of anxiety associated with the condition. Chronic pain conditions like neuropathy can affect many aspects of our lives, leading to increased stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, higher levels of stress or anxiety are often associated with an increased sensitivity to pain.
If your neuropathy is causing you to feel anxious or stressed, try one of these 7 natural drink recipes to help calm your nerves, ease nerve pain and reduce anxiety:
Passionflower is a calming herb used to treat anxiety and insomnia. Passionflower helps increase levels of the amino acid gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA reduces nerve transmissions in the brain, resulting in a calming effect.
8 ounces boiling water
1-2 teaspoons dried flower leaves
Pour boiling water over dried passionflower leaves and allow to sit for five minutes. Strain leaves from liquid and drink.
Skullcap is a plant used for medicinal purposes. American skullcap is believed to help increase the blood supply to the brain and have a calming effect on the nervous system. This skullcap tea recipe can help calms the nerves and boost mental clarity, making it a great tea with which to start out the day.
Warm Milk with Honey
Warm milk with honey can do wonders to calm the nerves and an anxious mind. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which the body converts into 5-HTP and then into serotonin. Serotonin – which is a neurotransmitter that regulates mood – helps promote a sense of calm, relaxation and sleepiness.
Anti-Inflammatory, Nerve-Calming Juice
This green juice is packed full of healthy ingredients to help calm the nerves and reduce painful inflammation. In addition to its calming and anti-inflammatory properties, this drink is a natural painkiller, promotes better sleep, aids with digestion and more!
Oat Straw Tea
Oat straw is an herb commonly used to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and relieve joint pain. It can also help calm the nerves and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. For best results, drink regularly for three to four weeks.
Put 1 oz dried oat straw into a quart sized jar. Pour boiling water over oat straw and place lid on jar. Allow to sit for 4-6 hours (to allow the oat straw to infuse into water). Strain oat straw from liquid and drink.
Made from a combination of powerful herbs, including feverfew, skullcap, passionflower, ginger root and chamomile flowers – this super tea is perfect for calming the mind and the body after a long day. It is especially effective for stress-induced headaches or migraines, bringing fast and effective relief.
Believe or not, water is important for both nerve health and overall health. Staying hydrated also helps protect skin from rashes or infections, boosts memory function, enhances mood, strengthens the immune system and more. While it may not be a miracle cure for nerve pain or anxiety, drinking the recommended amount of water each day can do wonders for your health and well being.
From herbal teas to vitamin-rich juices, natural approaches like the ones listed above can be a great supplemental approach to calming the nerves and reducing nerve pain. What natural approaches do you take to help calm the nerves? Share your secrets below!
Have you ever learned a piece of valuable new information about neuropathy and thought to yourself, “I wish I would’ve known that when I was first diagnosed.” If you’re anything like me, this is a somewhat frequent occurrence. The reality is that while a lot has been (and is being) discovered about neuropathy in the scientific and medical communities, our understanding of it is an evolving process. Compared to a decade or two ago, we know considerably more now than we did – but even so, there is much that is yet to be fully understood about this silent but painful nerve condition.
As I look back on all I’ve learned about neuropathy over the years – from causes to treatments and everything in between – there is a lot I wish I’d been told about sooner. As with any battle against a chronic condition – knowledge is power. The more you know about your neuropathy – including its potential causes and the steps you can take to most effectively treat it and prevent it from spreading – the better your chances are of reducing your neuropathy related symptoms and preventing further nerve damage.
With that said, here are 11 things I wish I’d known about neuropathy when I was first diagnosed:
There are many potential causes – including medications
Some of the known causes of neuropathy include diabetes, chemotherapy, exposure to toxins, surgery, injury or trauma, vitamin B12 deficiency, excessive amounts of vitamin B6, autoimmune diseases, nutritional imbalances, excessive alcohol consumption and even medications. Knowing the cause of your neuropathy is one of the most important factors in determining how to treat it.
In some cases, the cause of neuropathy will remain a mystery even after thorough testing and investigation. This is referred to as idiopathic neuropathy, meaning the cause is unknown. In most cases, however, doctors should be able to arrive at a cause (or number of causes).
Some Causes Are Reversible
One of the dreaded realities we often associated with neuropathy is that the damage is irreversible – that you’re stuck with the pain, tingling or numbness forever. While in many cases the damage and symptoms may last indefinitely, there are cases in which the damage may be reversible. This largely depends on the cause of your neuropathy and how quickly you catch it and take steps to reverse it (obviously, the earlier the better).
Among the causes in which damage has the potential to be stopped and even reversed are diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiencies, nutritional deficiencies, heavy alcohol consumption and medications. Of course, to have any hope of stopping or reversing the damage one must determine the cause of the damage and take immediate steps to remedy the problem.
For those with diabetes or nutritional deficiencies, managing blood sugar and improving diet is key to reversing the damage. Those with vitamin B12 deficiencies should work with their doctor to determine ways to eliminate the deficiency through diet or supplementation. Finally, those with neuropathy caused by alcohol or medications should restrict or eliminate the use of the substance causing the damage.
Nerve Damage Can Spread If Underlying Cause Isn’t Addressed
The peripheral nervous system is comprised of nerves running from the brain and spinal chord to other parts of the body. Damage to the peripheral nerves typically manifests itself first in our extremities – usually the hands or feet. What many neuropathy patients don’t realize is that over time these symptoms can spread to other parts of the body – including the arms, ankles, legs and more – if the underlying cause isn’t addressed. This is why both early detection and treatment are so critical.
Look Out For Early Indicators of Peripheral Neuropathy
The earlier you can catch neuropathy the better your chances of preventing the symptoms from spreading. Some of the early signs of neuropathy to watch out for include:
- Gradual numbness or tingling sensations in the feet or hands (which may spread into the legs and arms)
- Sharp, stabbing pains
- Intense burning pain
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Muscle weakness, loss of motor skills
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Neuropathy Can Affect Muscle Control
Within the peripheral nervous system there are three types of nerves: motor, autonomic and sensory. While the most recognizable symptoms of neuropathy are related to the sensory nerves (i.e. pain, tingling and numbness) – nerve damage can manifest itself in other ways as well. When neuropathy damages the motor nerves, it disrupts the nerves ability to relay messages from the brain and spinal cord to various muscle groups. This can result in difficulties such as loss of balance, difficulty walking, loss of dexterity, cramps or spasms, muscle weakness and loss of muscle control.
Neuropathy Can Affect Autonomic Functions
Another group of nerves that can be affected my neuropathy is the autonomic nerves. The autonomic nervous system is a division of the peripheral nervous system that influences various internal organs such as the heart, stomach, liver, adrenal gland and more. Damage to the autonomic nerves disrupts the signals sent from the brain and spinal cord to these various organs – sometimes resulting in a disruption to the involuntary functions these organs are involved in.
Here are the most common organs affected by damage to the autonomic nerves and the symptoms generally associated with them:
Pain Medications Only Mask the Pain
There are a number of prescription medications available to help cope with neuropathic pain. These medications have been a lifesaver for many sufferers (myself included) as they help take the edge off the pain and make it more manageable. Unfortunately, their purpose is simply to help mask the pain rather than help correct the underlying problem. In addition, there can be negative side effects associated with any prescription medication – so one must be aware of the risks.
Understanding that these prescription medications would not necessarily stop or reverse my nerve damage – but merely mask the symptoms – helped me to recognize the importance of trying various approaches to help address the underlying causes of my neuropathy.
Natural Herbs & Supplements May Help
While prescription medications typically only mask the symptoms, nutritional supplements and herbs may help both relieve symptoms and address underlying causes. By addressing underlying causes or problems, they may help to slow or even stop the nerve damage from spreading. Some of the best supplements and herbs for nerve pain include:
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin D
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
Vitamin B12 is especially important for nerve health. It helps build up and support the myelin sheath – a protective coating around the nerves that shelters them from damage and infection. Studies have shown that high doses of vitamin B12 can promote nerve regeneration of damaged nerves.
Alternative Therapies Can Help (but be patient)
Like a lot of people, I was hesitant about alternative therapies and skeptical about the promised results. However, alternative therapies have proven to be very beneficial in both helping me to manage my pain as well as improving my overall health. That said – there is no miracle therapy or treatment that is going to relieve my nerve pain overnight. I’ve found that with alternative approaches, the results are gradual – but they tend to be lasting results.
Alternative therapies for neuropathy range from low-impact exercises like yoga or tai chi to ancient practices like acupuncture. Here is a good list of popular approaches you may want to explore if you are suffering from neuropathy:
- Tai Chi
- Walking or stationary bike
- TENS therapy (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
Diet Could Be Helping or Hurting Nerve Pain
Something else I wish I’d known was the impact that diet can have on the symptoms of neuropathy. There are certain foods that can aggravate nerve pain as well as ones that can help boost nerve health. Knowing which foods or ingredients fall into which category can make a big difference!
Among the foods that can make neuropathy worse are casein-based products (commonly found in dairy products), artificial sweeteners, gluten, added sugars and refined grains. When consumed excessively, alcohol can also harm the nerves and block the absorption of essential vitamins like B12.
Foods that promote healthier nerves include ones rich in B-complex vitamins such as B12 & B2. Other important vitamins and nutrients for strong nerves include vitamin D, vitamin E, Magnesium and Zinc.
Joining a Neuropathy Support Group Can Help
They say that experience is the mother of all wisdom, so what better way to learn about neuropathy than to join others who have been living with it for years? Joining a support group or online forum can give you insights into living with neuropathy that you might not find elsewhere. They are also safe environments to ask questions and learn what experience others have had with various medications, treatments and therapies.
To find a support group near you, the Neuropathy Support Network has a useful support group search tool. In addition to local support groups, there are a handful of online support groups or forums. For finding information and support online, check out these 10 Resources Every Neuropathy Sufferer Should Bookmark.
Life with neuropathy can be painful, overwhelming and frustrating. As with anything, the more experience one has the more wisdom and insight he or she will gain into how to better cope with the hand that has been dealt. For me, the process has been gradual and frustrating (of course) – but I’ve learned many things that have resulted in small yet meaningful changes to make the road a little smoother. What things do you wish you had known about neuropathy when you were first diagnosed?
For anyone experiencing the pain, numbness or tingling of neuropathy – finding ways to optimize nerve health is critical to slowing the damage and potentially reducing the severity of the symptoms. What many don’t realize is that there are simple, every day habits that could be helping or hurting your nerve pain. You may be doing some of them (good or bad) without even realizing it! Being aware of what these good and bad habits are can have a significant impact on your nerves.
Lets take a look at seven habits that can help boost the health of your nerves:
Among the many factors that contribute to healthy nerves is proper circulation. Good circulation allows your nerves to receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen to survive and thrive. For many dealing with neuropathy, poor circulation cuts off the supply of these essential nutrients to the nerves, leaving them more vulnerable to further damage.
Regular stretching can help boost circulation, especially if you sit for long periods of time throughout the day. Stretching promotes healthy nerves and can also work your muscles. For some, nerve pain causes them to severely restrict movement or use of certain areas – which can lead to muscle atrophy, or the degeneration of muscle mass. Stretching can help work these muscle groups and prevent muscle loss.
Did you know the average American sits for at least 13 hours a day?! That’s a lot of sitting. Unfortunately, all of this sitting can have an adverse effect on both your nerves and your overall health. Some of the problems associated with sitting for too long include pinched nerves, poor circulation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, muscle degeneration and more.
Poor posture exacerbates many of these negative effects of sitting. If you can’t avoid sitting for long period of the time throughout the day because of your job situation (or other circumstances), maintaining good posture is absolutely essential to minimizing the effects of a sedentary lifestyle on your nerves.
Daily Vitamins & Supplements
Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, is credited with coining the phrase “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Today more than ever, we understand the profound impact that diet and nutrition can have on our health. This impact extends to the health of your nerves, too. Like every other system in the body, the peripheral nervous system depends on vitamins and nutrients to stay in top shape. In many cases, we can get these vitamins and nutrients through diet, but for some it may be necessary to supplement their diet with vitamins and nutritional supplements.
For anyone suffering from neuropathy, making a daily habit out of taking some of these essential vitamins and supplements can have a measurable impact on their nerves. A few key vitamins, minerals and herbs to consider taking for nerve pain include:
- B-Complex vitamin (especially B12)
- Vitamin D
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Skullcap extract
The relationship between diet and health has never been as clear as it is today – and the same can be said for the relationship between diet and nerve health. Diet and nutrition can have a significant impact on the health of your nerves and the severity of your symptoms. Certain foods or ingredients can harm your nerves and aggravate your pain. As such, these foods should be avoided. Things to avoid include artificial sweeteners, gluten, excessive amounts of sugar, refined grains and casein-based products.
To get on a path to healthier nerves, fill your diet with foods that are rich in nerve boosting vitamins and nutrients. This should include foods that are rich in B-complex vitamins (especially B12), vitamin D, vitamin E, Omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, and calcium. For those with diabetic neuropathy, a 2015 study showed that plant-based diets reduces nerve pain and may even help stop/reverse nerve damage.
We normally think of coloring books as a children’s activity – but new research shows that adults can benefit from the activity in a myriad of ways. A recent article on the Huffington Post shows that researchers have found that coloring can help combat stress and calm the nervous system. Reducing stress and calming the nervous system can help improve your body’s response to pain – essentially turning down the volume on your levels of pain.
Writing, like coloring, can be beneficial to your nerves. While we normally associate neuropathy with symptoms like pain, numbness and tingling – it can also affect us in other ways. For many with neuropathy, it affects their motor functions. Motor functions involve the brain and spinal cord transmitting signals to muscles in the body – telling them what to do. Activities like writing and coloring help work the motor nerves and improve neuropathy symptoms like muscle weakness, cramps and spasms.
Whether you suffer from nerve pain or not, taking care of the health of your nerves should be a priority. From diet and nutrition to good posture and stretching, small and simple habits can make a significant impact on the health of your nerves and help reduce the severity of any nerve-related pain or discomfort. What habits have made an impact on your nerve pain? Share your experiences with us on our Facebook Page.
Finding the most reliable and up to date news and information about neuropathy can be an important tool in the arsenal of anyone dealing with the painful symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. In today’s world, we’re lucky to have a wealth of information at our fingertips via the Internet.
Unfortunately, as many neuropathy sufferers have discovered, navigating the sea of information about peripheral neuropathy on the Internet can be a monumental task. The time consuming process of sorting through the thousands of websites, blogs and articles (and weeding out the bad ones) is both tedious and cumbersome.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top organizations and websites for finding reliable news and expert information about neuropathy to empower you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about your treatment.
The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy
The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy is a charitable organization dedicated to educating both the public and medical professionals about peripheral neuropathy. Their mission statement states that they aim to “be the catalyst for advancing innovative therapeutic developments and accelerating a cure for painful neuropathies by funding collaborative efforts of leading scientists and physicians. We will strive to raise awareness of peripheral neuropathy through outreach programs to patients, their families and healthcare professionals.”
The foundation’s website is full of relevant information and articles ranging from the basics of neuropathy to more in depth articles for how to cope with the painful condition. While most of the content on the website is free, they also offer a premium membership (for $2.50/month) which gives members exclusive access to educational videos, news, tips and more.
Neuropathy Support Network
The Neuropathy Support Network is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the implementation of the missions of all organizations reaching out to raise awareness and hope to all neuropathy patients. In addition to relevant articles and information for those suffering from neuropathy, they also have useful directories for finding doctors and neuropathy support groups in your area.
American Chronic Pain Association
The mission of the American Chronic Pain Association is two-fold. First, they try to facilitate peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain. Second, they hope to raise awareness among the health care community, policy makers, and the public at large about issues of living with chronic pain.
While not focused solely on neuropathy, the American Chronic Pain Association has a wealth of useful information and resources for neuropathy patients. We especially like the downloadable and interactive tools they offer in the neuropathic pain section of their site. One of our favorite tools is a downloadable form that you can fill out and bring to your first visit to help you make the most of your first visit with your doctor about your nerve pain.
Neuropathy Action Foundation
The Neuropathy Action Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring neuropathy patients obtain the necessary resources, information and tools to access individualized treatment to improve their quality of life. The Neuropathy 101 section of the NAF website offers a thorough overview of symptoms, potential causes and available treatments for neuropathy. For those newly diagnosed with neuropathy, this can give a useful overview of what you are facing and what to expect.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The mission of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. Their research covers a wide range of neurological disorders, including peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy.
An estimated 70% of diabetes patients will develop neuropathy. For those suffering from diabetes-induced neuropathy, websites like DiabetesDaily.com can be a valuable resource for learning how to cope not only with the symptoms of neuropathy, but also for managing diabetes. Among the many articles and assets on their website, we’ve found their eBooks and Recipes sections to be extremely useful. In addition to that, they also have forums where you can connect with fellow diabetics and neuropathy patients and discuss a variety of topics.
Diabetes Support (Facebook)
The Diabetes Support Group on Facebook is a community of over 900k users who are, in one way or another, affected by diabetes. For neuropathy patients who also suffer from diabetes, the page offers an easy way to get daily tips, articles and information related to diabetes. You can also connect with others and learn valuable information and tips to help you in your own journey with diabetes.
American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association should be a go-to source of information for anyone suffering from neuropathic pain as a result of complications from diabetes. Their mission is to stop diabetes and the complications that can arise from it. You’ll find a vast array of resources on their website for those suffering from diabetic neuropathy, including tips to prevent or delay nerve damage.
Power of Pain Foundation
The Power of Pain Foundation’s mission is to educate and support chronic pain patients, specifically those with neuropathy pain conditions. You’ll find useful information about neuropathy as well as blog posts covering a variety of pain related topics. They also offer free downloadable symptom bookmarks, which are bookmarked sized facts sheets you can carry around for easy reference of the common symptoms associated with various chronic pain conditions like neuropathy.
Patients Like Me
Patients Like Me is a free website where users with similar conditions can compare their symptoms and treatments as well as gain access to valuable data and trends relevant to their condition. We like this website because you can see what others with peripheral neuropathy are experiencing and how effective different drugs are for treating their symptoms. Users can rate the perceived effectiveness of the medications they’ve tried as well as report on the types of side effects experienced and their severity. PatientsLikeMe.com then takes this information and compiles it into easy to read graphs to help you understand what others are experiencing.
Finding the best information available online can help point you in the right direction as you try to understand the symptoms, causes and treatments for your neuropathy. The quicker you can find this information, the quicker you can be on the path to more manageable pain levels and more effective treatment. What have been the most valuable resources for you, as you’ve had to learn about neuropathy? Share your experiences with us on our Facebook Page!
One of the most common questions we hear from people dealing with nerve pain is whether or not there are any effective non-prescription approaches to treating the symptoms of neuropathy. Some are looking for a natural approach because of negative experiences or adverse side effects from their prescription medications. Others are looking for a more lasting approach that helps address the underlying causes of their pain rather than merely provide temporary relief.
Of course, there are a number of non-prescription approaches to managing neuropathic pain. As with any form of treatment, each person will respond differently to different kinds of treatment. The important thing is to pay attention to how your body responds and remain persistent until you find the approach that works best for you.
We’ve researched some of the most commonly used non-prescription approaches to managing nerve pain. If you’re looking for new options to help you manage the symptoms of your neuropathy, try starting with one of these popular and effective approaches:
Topical pain relieving creams are a popular approach to managing pain, tingling or burning from nerve damage. Most neuropathy creams contain the ingredient capsaicin, which is harvested from hot peppers and can effectively numb neuropathy pain. One of the greatest benefits of topical creams for nerve pain is that you can apply it directly to the trouble spots – bringing targeted relief to the areas afflicted with pain.
Vitamin & Herbal Supplements
Vitamin and herbal supplements can be powerful allies in the fight against neuropathy. Vitamins like B12 are essential for nerve health and not getting enough of it could lead to neuropathy. Other effective vitamins and supplements for treating the symptoms of neuropathy include alpha lipoic acid, magnesium, CoQ10, acetyl-l-carnitine, passionflower and more. These supplements help both relieve the pain as well as correct underlying problems that could be contributing to nerve pain.
Over the Counter Painkillers
While not as powerful as prescription medications, over the counter medicines can help some sufferers take the edge off the pain without exposing them to some of the adverse side effects of prescription painkillers. This approach is more effective for those experiencing only mild pain or discomfort from their neuropathy. The most common over the counter pain relievers for mild nerve pain include aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
According to WebMD, biofeedback can be an effective form of alternative therapy for individuals with chronic pain – including neuropathy – and migraines. During a biofeedback therapy session, electrodes are attached to the body to track various involuntary functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle movement and more. These functions are then displayed on a monitor for you to see. The biofeedback therapist will then guide you through various relaxation techniques to help you gain control over some of these involuntary functions. The monitor displays any changes in activity, helping you to see how the techniques can help you control these functions.
The various relaxation techniques associated with biofeedback have helped many to train their bodies to more effectively cope with stress and pain.
Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the symptoms in patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy. Acupuncture is an alternative option for treating certain ailments and condition by way of needle. Needles are strategically inserted into the body and then manipulated in order to help with the lack of blood flow to damaged areas. Like most treatments, it may take multiple sessions before patients begin to feel a difference.
Regular massages can provide much needed relief from nerve pain. Massages help in a couple of ways. First, they improve blood flow. Poor circulation can hurt the nerves by depriving them of the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay healthy. Poor circulation can also intensify the symptoms of nerve pain. Second, massage helps by promoting the release of pain-blocking endorphins in the body. This can provide temporary relief from excruciating nerve pain.
TENS Therapy (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
TENS is a drug free alternative to relieving pain associated with neuropathy. You connect a few electrodes to the skin. The electrodes are then connected to a small battery pack, which sends electrical impulses through electrodes. These impulses travel along the nerve fibers to inhibit pain signals from arriving at the brain. Additionally, the electrical impulses may also release natural endorphins and that can help naturally suppress the pain. The procedure is non-invasive and pain free in nature. The TENS therapy does not provide relief for all patients or all pain types; however it may very well provide ease from acute forms of nerve pain.
For many suffering from neuropathy (or any other form of chronic pain), the pain causes them to limit physical activity. While it is important to know your limits, a lack of exercise can have a negative effect on your health. Muscle weakness and muscle atrophy – when the muscles waste away – can become a very real risk for those with neuropathy.
While the pain may make most exercise difficult (if not impossible), even doing small, gentle exercises can help prevent muscle weakness and muscle loss. Some of the most effective forms of gentle exercise for neuropathy include yoga, tai chi, water aerobics, stationary bike and walking. Many patients report a decrease in both frequency and severity of nerve pain when exercise becomes part of their daily routine. As always, consult your doctor or physical therapist about what exercises are best for you.
What you eat can have a significant effect on your nerves. For many Americans, poor dietary choices lead to a lack of important vitamins and nutrients that promote healthy nerves. This includes a lack of vitamin B12, which can cause neuropathy. Eating a diet rich in vitamins B12, D, magnesium, iron, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids can help your body as it fights pain and irritation from nerve damage.
For those suffering from diabetic neuropathy, diet is the most important aspect of their battle with nerve pain. Managing blood sugar is the single most effective tool in stopping and even reversing the effects of diabetic neuropathy. Approximately 70% of diabetes patients will develop neuropathy, so maintaining a proper diet and managing blood sugar is important for anyone with diabetes.
There may be habits or lifestyle factors that are contributing to your nerve pain. Some of the most common lifestyle changes we recommend for anyone suffering from neuropathy are to limit alcohol consumption (which can block the body’s absorption of nerve boosting nutrients), quit smoking, limit sugar consumption, avoid high salt foods and eat a well-balanced diet.