After spinal fusion surgery on my lower back six years ago, I developed neuropathic symptoms (deep, aching pain and parathesias in my legs and feet), which greatly impacted my stamina and mobility. My neurologist prescribed gabapentin for neuropathy, but offered no other treatment. I sought a second opinion at a large teaching hospital in central Florida, where physical therapy was suggested. Since these therapies did not help much, I gave up on conventional medicine and sought out a Chinese medicine doctor who performed acupuncture and totally upended (and corrected) what I had thought was a healthy diet. Over the next several years, my neuropathy healed, and I was able to resume many of the activities I had abandoned. Neuropathy – essentially nerve dysfunction - is typically caused by many of the same metabolic disturbances that are prime suspects in the development of AD: diabetes; toxins; direct nerve trauma; B12 deficiency; viral attack; heavy metals, alcoholism, Lyme disease. All of these tested negative for me, so there was no specific medical therapy available - only a drug that addressed the symptoms to a degree but with side effects. Conventional medical thinking was not helpful, but alternative medicine was. Because I was able to experience significant healing in the peripheral nerves with (the right) lifestyle interventions, I am convinced of the soundness of the lifestyle approach to preventing and treating AD.
I can’t say that I have been good to my body and health throughout my 69 years, far from it, but I still have hope that the diet-exercise-meditation-supplement regimen I have adopted over the last few years will either prevent AD pathology (so likely at my age and APOE3/4) from converting to MCI/AD or at least extend my healthy years. That is…if I can improve my sleep. I’m still looking for help with that, having adopted all of the typical sleep hygiene suggestions. That is still a hole in my roof.
E3/E4, My mother was diagnosed with AD at age 73.