Peripheral Neuropathy and Exercise

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2015-09-24 13:10:52 -0500
Started 2015-09-23 09:06:18 -0500

Not knowing where your feet are is a very uncomfortable thing. Not just physically but mentally. Exercising with neuropathy can be tricky sometimes and you may have to adjust what you do to get the work out you seek.

I found this slideshow that can help you find ways to prevent getting it and if you already have it, ways to improve your confidence through exercise.

22 replies

WASHED OUT 2015-09-23 18:03:17 -0500 Report

I to have those problems . Are you on medication for Peripheral neuropathy ? Diabetes takes things away from us, foods and our bodies. I haven't had a normal gait in a long time. My feet tingle and feel like they are numb quite often, I am glad this topic has been brought up. I need guidance here to.

haoleboy 2015-09-24 10:53:36 -0500 Report

I take 800 mg of gabapentin at bed time which helps (usually) with leg pain. As far as medication to help prevent/repair the damage to the nerves, which is what causes the tingling and numbness, there is some evidence that various supplements , particularly in the B vitamin family, might help … might being the key word.
I do take magnesium and a Super B complex daily … not sure they are helping specifically with the neuropathy, but I believe that asequate levels of both are essential for overall good health.


WASHED OUT 2015-09-24 13:04:51 -0500 Report

I am on gabapentin to I am taking it three times a day. I am taking multi vitamins that have B complex in them also From what I understand once those nerves go there is no reversal.

haoleboy 2015-09-24 13:10:52 -0500 Report

pretty much … as a stroke survivor that is a cruel reality I deal with every day.
good nutrition and lots of exercise help … but certainly not a "cure"


Kalisiin 2015-09-23 12:12:49 -0500 Report

It should be noted thtt a B-12 deficiency can masquerade as Neuropathy, if you have these feelings, have your B-12 checked, and, if necessary, get set up on weekly B-12 injections.

sweetslover 2015-09-23 10:57:17 -0500 Report

I find that I can walk just fine around the house if I am barefooted. If I have to wear shoes, the flatter, the better. Absolutely nothing with any kind of heel. I am experiencing a problem out on my horse. I sometimes lose my stirrip because I cannot always feel it. For that, I came up with a good solution—I rubber band my boot to the stirrup the way barrell racers do. It keeps my food in contact with the stirrup but will break away in case of an emergency. Peripheral neuropathy is not fun, but I am trying not to let it slow me down.

GabbyPA 2015-09-23 12:03:55 -0500 Report

That is a great idea. I have one machine at the gym that I use where I have to put my foot on a plate behind me and I cannot really see it. Feeling for it is very difficult...we all have our little quirky things we have to work through.

Kakie33 2015-09-23 10:56:04 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby… these are good tips, especially those indoors - not that I don't go for walks (my dog reminds me every day… she even goes and get my runners for me!). The indoor little things can certainly help and I especially do those when I am on a long flight.
Good day to all

haoleboy 2015-09-23 10:37:16 -0500 Report

I often describe it as feeling as though my feet don't quite touch the ground. Which makes walking/exercise challenging to say the least.
Nice to see an article that addresses the balance issues in addition to pain.


GabbyPA 2015-09-23 12:01:03 -0500 Report

Balance is one thing my dad and my mom both struggled with, so I work on it. I do the one leg standing at the stove while I cook sometimes. I think I need to do it more.

haoleboy 2015-09-23 13:41:59 -0500 Report

Walking (balancing) is an extreme sport for me these days. The severe motor and sensory neuropathy in my legs and feet is exacerbated by the spasticity on of my left side from my stroke and being blind in my left eye. Some times the "thrill" of walking is about all the cardio I need in one day ;)
As to why it keeps progressing and if it can be reversed … no one seems to know … but I keep working on it any way.


GabbyPA 2015-09-23 15:37:10 -0500 Report

That gave me quite a mental picture. It's good that you can laugh at it, because that has to be so frustrating at times.

I have had a member tell me that he reversed it in his moms feet with diet that is much like yours. So maybe you are doing more for yourself than you know. If you were doing nothing, you might not be able to do anything.

haoleboy 2015-09-23 17:36:56 -0500 Report

irony is that the more "stringent" my diet the worse the neuropathy has become … all of the 'research I have done tells me that reversing sensory or motor neuropathy may not be possible.

haoleboy 2015-09-23 22:02:51 -0500 Report

lol … ain't that the truth … hence the diagnosis of "sever" motor and sensory neuropathy.
I have seen credible research that suggests that "healing" of the nerves MIGHT be possible but COULD take years. that glimmer of hope keeps me motivated.
I have about 20 years to be ready to dance with my granddaughter Eliana at her wedding.

Jaymay 2015-09-23 10:00:56 -0500 Report

I agree staying physical as the slideshow indicates is very good for you and any neuropathy concerns one may have. I notice when I am active I don't feel the pain that could come when I am not active. Thanks for sharing.

GabbyPA 2015-09-23 12:02:14 -0500 Report

The more I do the less pain I have so that is a huge relief for me. Not that it all goes away but it doesn't keep me up as much as it used to.

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