The clinical definition of peripheral neuropathy is: a disease that causes damage to the nerves of the peripheral nervous system. The most common form of this disease is polyneuropathy which attacks the nerves of the feet and legs. The symptoms of polyneuropathy are pain in the feet and legs, tingling feet and numb feet. Such symptoms can be alleviated through neuropathy treatments.
Prescription Pain Relievers
With the wealth of information available regarding the central nervous system, medical research has been able to create and distribute medicines that can reduce and even completely remove the pain associated with neuropathy.
Topical creams are available over the counter and contain Capsaicin, which is an extract taken from hot peppers. That special ingredient that makes peppers hot is the same ingredient that helps to numb specific areas on the skin.
Medications in pill form contain opiates which are a controlled substance. These medications also come with side effects including; constipation, diarrhea, nausea, dry mouth and dizziness. Though the side effects may seem uncomfortable, there are some that prefer the side effects to the pain.
Pain Blocking Injections
If you prefer pain relief for longer periods without the necessity of taking pills every day, injections can offer temporary relief in localized areas. This means that one injection can last weeks. These injections usually contain Lidocane, which is a local anesthetic used mostly in dental surgeries.
Neuropathy treatments can also include medicines that weren’t originally created for reducing the symptoms involved in nerve damage. Drugs that were originally used to treat epilepsy are now being utilized to treat neuropathy pain sufferers.
If normal pain medications aren’t helping, maybe you should ask your doctor about taking anti-seizure medication.
Clinical anti-depressants were originally manufactured to treat the symptoms of depression, but studies have shown that these drugs are also effective at treating the pain associated with neuropathy. This pain relief occurs through the release of receptor blockers that interfere with the body’s ability to communicate through the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.
Those that suffer from peripheral or diabetic neuropathy can find relief with these and other neuropathy treatments.