Posted by: aidshike | November 6, 2013

Hiking in the fall .. as the leaves change so must I .



Don’t just talk about it, go out there and do it.

Don’t just meditate about it, go out there and create it.

Don’t just pray about it go out there and take action;

participate in the answering of your own prayer.

If you want change, get out there and live it.


Sometimes there are two paths ahead and the path of least resistance may seem like the right one, but it is in walking down the more challenging path that one learns the most about oneself. I am outside learning and growing…

I am starting to walk and hike a little more recently… testing my feet and legs and seeing how they respond to action with my Neuropathy. It has been a tough time with my health and ability to be on my feet due to side effects and symptoms of Neuropathy…but what better way to see how I can hike then by going out for a hike.

I have an appointment with my Neurologist next week but already know what he is going to say. I had reduced the dosage of a medication that I take for Neuropathy (Neurontin). Symptoms have gotten worse, but much later than the change. It was recommended (by a Holistic Nutritionist) that I try a supplement called ALA (Alpha-Lipoic Acid) … I have hopes that this may help my Neuropathy and possibly lead to a better response and better healing than just the medications. Because of this I am not going to increase the medication dosage and instead am going to try the ALA for 60 days  (I was told it could take 6-8 weeks to notice a difference) To my surprise my main doctor did not shoot down the idea and was open to my trying it. I did promise him that if the increase in the symptoms continues and it is hard for me to handle that I would then go back to the higher dose of Neurontin. Time will tell.  But hope is a great healer too.


“Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is made by the body and is found in every cell, where it helps turn glucose into energy. Antioxidants attack “free radicals,” waste products created when the body turns food into energy. Free radicals cause harmful chemical reactions that can damage cells in the body, making it harder for the body to fight off infections. They also damage organs and tissues…

…In several studies, alpha-lipoic acid appears to help lower blood sugar levels. Its ability to kill free radicals may help people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, who have pain, burning, itching, tingling, and numbness in arms and legs from nerve damage. Alpha-lipoic acid has been used for years to treat peripheral neuropathy in Germany.

…One 2006 study did find that taking alpha-lipoic acid for diabetic neuropathy reduced symptoms compared to placebo…”

Source: Alpha-lipoic acid | University of Maryland Medical Center


((the Neuropathy I have is a direct side effect from taking medications for my HIV cocktail that I started in 1997. I have Peripheral Neuropathy with symptoms that mirror those of the diabetic neuropathy… MMA))


<<attacking the tree like I attack my health challenges>>

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