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What Are The Lifestyle Changes For Nerve Sheath Tumor?

The nerve sheath is a layer of myelin and connective tissue, protecting the peripheral nerves. The abnormal growth in the nerve sheath results in either benign or malignant tumors.[1] The treatment option for nerve sheath tumors includes surgical removal, chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Your age and health are important factors which determine the patient’s ability of the recovery and of course, lifestyle changes for a better health outcome are important. A young body is more tolerant than the old body. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy food and moderate exercise helps in keeping the body fit and combating diseases. Any pre-existing disease conditions should be well-informed, which will determine the course of treatment and its possible effects on the patients’ recovery.

What Are The Lifestyle Changes For Nerve Sheath Tumor?

What Are The Lifestyle Changes For Nerve Sheath Tumor?

It is common for nerve sheath tumors to reoccur after treatment procedures. Here we guide you the lifestyle changes for patients with nerve sheath tumors

Alcohol. It is widely known that alcohol can cause nerve damage because of the decreased availability of B Vitamins (thiamine, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folate) and vitamin E.[2] These vitamins are essential for normal functioning of the nerve. People suffering from nerve sheath tumors and drinking excessively further damage the nerve aggravating the situation. The intake of alcohol should be reduced or stopped to avoid further damage and help the healing of the injured nerves.

Sleep. The patient should take adequate sleep and avoid taking any stress, as it can be a trigger for recurrence for nerve sheath tumors. The nerve pain is usually worst in the night and people find it difficult to sleep. Try to avoid intake of caffeine and related products to avoid CNS stimulation and insomnia.

Exercise. The nerve sheath tumor patients should exercise moderately and it is a good lifestyle change. Physical activities increase the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Pain is most common in patients suffering from nerve sheath tumors.

Positive Thinking. Rest and positive attitude help in overcoming any situation and hence the disease condition also.

Healthy Diet. ideally a diet should be composed of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Here we guide the type of food to be consumed:

  • Carbohydrates. They are the main source for energy the body. The food containing carbohydrates are also rich in fiber. The carbohydrates help in giving energy to the body and also helps eliminate toxins because of high dietary fiber content. Foods such as Oats, whole-bran, vegetables, brown rice, whole-wheat noodles, bread, crackers, and pasta should be consumed. It is better to consume complex carbohydrates when compared to simple carbohydrates.
  • Proteins. Diet rich in proteins containing fish, eggs, and soy should be included for the production of energy.
  • Fats. They are equally important as compared to carbohydrates and proteins. Patients with nerve sheath tumor should consume foods containing good fat. The good fat can be seen in fish, nuts, and seeds. The bad fat or unsaturated fat is present in cheese, milk, butter, and meat. It is advised to the cut-down intake of such foods and should be consumed in moderate amounts.

Trans-fats are the worst form of fat which is present in snacks, baked food, and fast food. People should avoid consuming food containing trans-fat.

Some easy to grab food options for people who are bored eating home food is

  • Fresh fruits
  • Green vegetables
  • Dry fruits
  • Cereal
  • Whole-grains crackers
  • Eggs
  • Soups and stew
  • Yogurt

Make a note that the outside food should not contain unprocessed meat, which are bad for health.


A patient suffering from nerve sheath tumor should include a healthy and balanced diet in the food. The food should be rich in complex carbohydrates, fibers, protein, and unsaturated fat and a strict ‘no’ to trans-fats. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, avoid meat. Also, eat antioxidants in moderate amounts as there is conflicting evidence about its efficacy. Lastly, moderate exercise and proper sleep are equally important which relaxes the body.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:June 8, 2022

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