Peripheral Neuropathy And Pain Treatment

Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that occurs when nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged. The condition is generally referred to as peripheral neuropathy, and it can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic disorders, and exposure to toxins. However, the most common causes of peripheral neuropathy are found in patients with diabetes where the arms, legs, and feet (peripheral body parts) are most affected. Symptoms most commonly associated with peripheral neuropathy include but are not limited to: nerve pain presented as tingling, burning, itching, loss of sensation (touch, heat, or cold), numbness, and weakening of the muscles. When Diabetic patients begin to have nerve pain associated with peripheral neuropathy, it is important for them to find a proper nerve pain treatment that will be effective in lessening (or hopefully eradicating) these symptoms.

Nerve Pain Treatment

Nerve pain treatment can utilize many different techniques in order to bring the painful symptoms of neuropathy under control.  An individual searching for a nerve pain treatment should first be properly diagnosed by a physician, and then once a proper diagnosis is made the patient and medical provider must evaluate the symptoms and underlying causes of the pain in order to properly discuss a feasible nerve pain treatment. Pain thresholds vary widely for all patients, especially when considering the different underlying causes of the pain. Some patients may find the use of over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen to be helpful, others need the use of numbing cream patches or topical ointments, yet others find the pain so unbearable that the use of prescription drugs must be taken in order to deal with the pain. Some of the most commonly used types of nerve pain treatment are as follows:

  • Prescription Neuropathy Treatments
    • Antiseizure Medications – can help with the burning sensations patients associate with nerve pain.
    • Antidepressant Medications
    • Topical Ointments (both over the counter and prescription).  Examples of a topical nerve pain treatment are the use of numbing cream patches, as well as capsaicin creams or ointments.
    • Local Anesthetics (such as the intravenous application of numbing cream, tocainide or mexiletine).

 

  • Alternative Neuropathy Treatments
    • Therapies (which include physical, massage, or occupational)
    • Acupuncture
    • Nerve Block Injections (i.e. an epidural hormone injection)
    • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (also called electrotherapy).
    • Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS

 

  • Supplementary Neuropathy Treatments
    • Vitamin B Supplements
    • Alpha Lipoic acid
    • Benfotiamine
    • Methylcobalamine

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