October 9, 2016

Vitamin B12: Treating My Peripheral Neuropathy?

Back in March, I started a new exercise routine. I'd ask whoever was driving me around on errands to let me off at the top of the hill leading down to my house. Then I'd walk home down the hill -- about 1/2 mile -- without using my cane or walker. OK, it's not a marathon, but it was great exercise for me.

Then came the shingles attack, followed by the Summer from Hell, when Washington's heat and humidity left me with barely enough energy to walk around the house.

Even with September's cooler weather, I still didn't feel up to this challenge. But in the past week, I began taking the 1000mg of vitamin B12 prescribed by my neurologist to deal with my newly diagnosed peripheral neuropathy (http://bit.ly/2dqEa7p.) Within a few days, my gait seemed to improve, so I decided to see if I could resume making this downhill walk after a six-month hiatus.

I was delighted to discover I could. This past week, I've taken the walk four times. Last Thursday, I had a doctor's appointment just over the District line in Bethesda, Maryland. I was feeling good, so I decided to walk the three or four blocks to the District line. Encouraged, I kept walking another five blocks before I finally called Uber. But I recovered quickly on the ride home, and even asked the driver to let me out so I could make that familiar downhill stroll back to the house.

I overdid it -- so typical of me -- and couldn't do much walking the next day.

Nevertheless, I'm happy to see some progress. Walking is much more enjoyable than doing calisthenics at home.

In addition to the vitamin B12, I've been taking the Shaklee Vitamin B Complex twice a day.


Jackie Blanchard said...

Quite a difference there, John! Also, congrats on the Healthline "Best of" award--no surprise given your talent, but a well-deserved acknowledgment.

Anonymous said...

Great news John, I'm really happy for you, keep on walking!