6 Feb 2020
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purexs
Title

Photo sensitivity and pain in fingers

Body

My wife has been on the Wheldon protocol now for nearly 3 months and has just recently started having very painful ends to her fingers and slightly swollen lips and very sensitive skin.  Is this normal and is there anything she should be doing to counteract it?

Thanks, Tom

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I'm thinking those painful fingertips mean nerve regeneration is starting to happen. When I cut the tip of my finger off many years ago, and it was sewn back on, the surgeon told me it would take many years for the shooting pains to disappear, as the nerves reconnected, and as new pathways were formed.

Bear in mind, though, that the protocol is addressing areas of prior infection, so while it's great that the abx are attacking the cpn, that battle causes inflammation and inflammation can be painful. You might try Aleve and see if that relieves the painful sensation.

As for sensitive skin, the skin IS the biggest organ of the body. Unless she's exhibiting signs of a true allergic reaction, I'd still be trying Aleve first.

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems. Mohandas Gandhi

I’m not sure where you live, but it’s always important to keep in mind that doxy can make some very sun sensitive, and so it’s important to stay covered, as that can cause weird skin sensations and severe sunburn. At my worst, I would get this type of reaction even on a cloudy day in summer.

Neuro symptoms & many health problems from 1989. NAC+all supps(04/11) CAP(05/11-10/17&01/20-)

Hey Tom--

One of the things that helps with my pain/swelling when all the OTC meds don't help is my "Interferential" unit (IFC unit).  I was introduced to IFC when I did four months of intense physcial therapy for horrible sciatic pain.  It was very helpful, and the clinic I went to recommended I buy my own small unit to help on days I wasn't going to the clinic.  I did that, and found it enormously useful---especially when traveling.  I've used mine on planes--and it was great at dampening the pain.  The IFC unit did NOT completely eliminate my pain, but it did reduce it enough so I could sleep, relax and move more easily.

IFC units are often confused with TENS units (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), but they are different.  

Interferential Therapy or (IFT) is a type of electrotherapy treatments that use electric currents to stimulate tissue which provides pain relief, reduction of swelling and many other health benefits.

The main difference between IFC and TENS is in the use of a medium-frequency current (4,000 Hz) amplitude modulated a low frequency of 0-250 pulses per second (pps). In comparison, TENS may often use lower frequency currents, which meet greater resistance when passing through the skin as a barrier.

I don't think I would use any of the "gloves" that they sell (https://tinyurl.com/sfoen6w), I would probably go for the electro-pads that you could place directly on the fingers:  https://axion.shop/en/electrodes/stimulation-current-electrode-pads-for-fingers-and-wrists/

Picture of how to apply the electro-pads: https://axion.shop/en/tens-treatments/finger-or-thumb-pain/

If you decide to try this therapy, there are loads of places on the internet to buy from.  Here is one (and I have not bought anything from them):

https://www.tenspros.com/

 

Some quick and dirty research about nerve regeneration:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1443846

 

General Information about Interferential Therapy:

http://www.electrotherapy.org/modality/interferential-therapy

A discussion forum at the above site:

http://www.electrophysicalforum.org/

 

Cheers,

Jan

56 y.o. with possible dual diagnoses that I am working to confirm this year: Ankylosing Spondylitis and Scleroderma, and minor Psoriasis.