Your kidneys are your body’s free, automatic detox system. Your kidneys and liver naturally filter toxic (destructive to cells) materials from your body via the blood and urine, regulate your electrolyte levels, send minerals to the bloodstream and remove waste.
What Happens When They’re Not Working
Chronic kidney or renal failure (uremia). When the kidneys are impaired, fluids and waste products accumulate in the body. Many conditions can cause kidney failure; the most common are diabetes and high blood pressure. More than 600k Americans have kidney failure.
Sensory Symptoms of Uremic Neuropathy
- Electrical shock
- Freezing cold
- Pins and needles
Motor Nerve Damage Symptoms of Uremic Neuropathy
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle shrinkage
- Loss of balance
- Restless legs
- Foot deformation
Autonomic Nerve Damage Symptoms of Uremic Neuropathy
- Heat intolerance
- Digestive issues
- Bladder issues
- Bowel issues
- Excessive sweating
- Blood pressure changes
Recovering from Uremic (and Peripheral) Neuropathy
This excerpt from ModernNeuropathy.com says it all:
“The body is designed to repair itself. Just like the tissue of your skin that repairs itself even after dramatic trauma, or bones that repair themselves after being cracked, most tissues in the body have the same repair capabilities. Peripheral nerves included, up to a point of severity when there is not enough life left in the nerve tissue to repair itself. In other words, nerve damage is repairable—but when dead, it’s dead.
Often in clinical practice, patients are told that there is no cure for neuropathy. This discrepancy comes from the fact that most therapies in clinical practice rely on pharmaceuticals and surgeries—-and it is true, there is no pharmaceutical or surgical procedure that will regenerate nerves. But as the body is designed, given the proper internal environment and the severity threshold has not been surpassed, it can regenerate itself, including peripheral nerve tissue, the same way it regenerates muscle, bone, skin, and other organ tissues.”
The more we encourage healthy tissues and filtration function, the greater our chances of protecting nerve health, minimizing chronic inflammation and regenerating nerve cells.
Here’s how you can help your kidneys:
Maintain Healthy Blood Sugar Levels
One of the leading factors for kidney health is to avoid elevated blood sugar levels. This is especially true if you’re already dealing with prediabetic or diabetic conditions. High blood sugar is highly inflammatory and destructive, preventing your quest for nerve health.
Keep Blood Pressure Controlled
Kidneys have a very dense network of blood vessels with a lot of blood flowing through them. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can cause the vessels around the kidneys to narrow, weaken, or harden, which blocks enough blood from reaching kidney tissue, causing further damage.
Regularly exercising is important for keeping kidney and nerve tissue healthy by maintaining cardiovascular health. Simply raising your heart rate for at least 20 minutes a day, no fewer than five days per week, goes a long way to minimize chronic inflammation and relieve nerve pain. This can be achieved with methods as simple as a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
It should not come as a surprise that smoking is a risk factor for kidney disease due to not only the effects of nicotine but also the toxicity of chemicals in the smoke. While smoking may initially provide some pain relief for uremic neuropathy, research shows the relief is only short-term. Over time, smoking actually worsens pain.
Even without binge drinking, regularly drinking too often can damage the kidneys. Not only does alcohol damage kidney function and double the risk of kidney disease that causes uremic neuropathy, but directly damages peripheral nerves as well. In fact, 66% of individuals that chronically drink alcohol have alcohol-induced peripheral neuropathy. Now, if you combine smoking and alcohol, you have about five times the chance of developing chronic kidney disease than people who don’t smoke or drink alcohol excessively on a regular basis.
Avoid Overuse of Pain Medications
If you take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for headaches, pain, fever, or colds, you may be taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). NSAIDs include popular pain relievers and cold medicines that can damage your kidneys if you take them for a long time, or lead to acute kidney injury if you take them when you are dehydrated or your blood pressure is low.
Water helps the kidneys remove toxins and wastes from your blood in the form of urine. Water also helps keep your blood vessels open so that blood can travel freely to your kidneys and bring essential nutrients to them. Control Weight Being overweight makes your kidneys have to work harder to filter wastes above the normal level. Over time, this extra work is damaging to kidney tissues.
Limit Added Salt
Lower the amount of sodium you eat each day by avoiding products with added salt, including many convenience foods, such as frozen dinners, canned soups, fast foods, and processed meats. Avoid Too Much Potassium If kidney function begins to decline, avoid high-potassium foods like bananas, oranges, potatoes, spinach, and tomatoes.
Normal working kidneys can remove extra phosphorus in your blood. But when their function begins to decline, they cannot remove phosphorus very well. Too much phosphorus can cause damage, including weak bones, and cause excessive itchiness. Phosphorus is found in whole grains, dark sodas, and nuts.
Ok, Kidneys Healing.
Now, the Neuropathy…
Reduce inflammation, and neuropathy should decrease.
“Turns out, at the root of all nerve damage and most diseases of our time, lies chronic inflammation. When this type of systemic inflammation is present over long periods of time—-such as in the case of unhealthy lifestyle choices combined with conditions like chronic kidney disease—-it causes alterations in the immune system. Essentially, chronic inflammation causes the immune system to malfunction. In this predicament, not only does it attack healthy tissue, but it prevents the immune system from shifting to its healing stage. We block the repair process from initiating altogether by creating a chronic inflammation blockade. Fortunately, the opposite is true too. Mitigating chronic inflammation will remove the blockade and allow the initiation of regeneration.
Mitigating chronic inflammation after kidney damage has taken root is challenging. With hindered filtration, those damaging toxins are left to go about the body causing all kinds of havoc, furthering chronic inflammation and blocked healing. However, a kidney disease diagnosis or uremic neuropathy diagnosis is not the time to throw in the towel. Instead, it is time to commit to the anti-inflammatory lifestyle changes that will go a long way towards your kidney health and nerve health.”
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