Originally Posted by echoes long ago
the bottom line is that nobody knows how your PN will progress, if you will progress or if you will get better. everyone is different. different causes, different genetics, different metabolism, different healing capabilities. for anyone to predict would be a guess at best and uninformed arrogance at worst.
the best thing you could do for yourself would be to provide yourself the conditions that would best lead to the regeneration of your nerves. exercize, proper nutrition, eating more than once a day, supplements, cutting out alcohol totally for a long period of time to see if that helps, keeping track of what is happening with your pn on some kind of a log or calender you can write on. good days, bad days, if something is helping or hurting and for how long it is helping, when you started taking something etc. this way you can look back over a long period of time and see which direction you are heading in.
there are people who have posted here who have gotten better. there are people who have improved somewhat. there are people who have stayed the same basically and there are people who have gotten worse. these cover all ages from pre teen through 80. there is really just no telling how PN is going to play out.
I will share a story about my bestfriend. Hopefully, it will inspire some....
She was diagnosed of Breast Cancer, Stage 4 in July 2011. It has metastasized to her lymph nodes, bones and lungs. As all oncologists are trained, chemo was the first line of treatment. She had the chemo, but after the first session, she decided her body cannot take it. Her doctor told her in strong words that if she does not go through the chemo, she will only live 6 months. It was very devastating hearing this from her doctor. After praying for guidance and research, she went for Homeopathy.
To make a long story short, she had her pet scan in March and her cancer is 90% gone! Thank God! She still continues her homeopathic treatment and hopefully, she will be totally free of cancer soon.
Mrs.D and Echoes wrote it very well, doctors do not know everything and nobody knows how our PN will progress.
Keeping your spirits high can sometimes be difficult when you are pain. I, too, am struggling on this on some days, but I keep myself busy and yes, I pray.