Neuropathy is caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system in the body. This medical problem can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms, most frequently weakness, pain, and numbness of the hands and feet. It is commonly diagnosed in patients with diabetes. Neuropathy may also affect other areas of the body and it can be a result of a traumatic injury, an infection, exposure to toxins, metabolic issues, or it could be genetic. Most of the pain from neuropathy is described as a burning, tingling, or stabbing sensation in various areas of the body. Here are some of the best ways to treat neuropathy so you can get the relief you need.
Once neuropathy has been diagnosed, there are several types of medications your doctor may advise. These include:
- Common pain relievers like over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Aleve).
- Anti-seizure medication such as Lyrica that was originally developed to treat epilepsy but may also relieve nerve pain.
- Topical skin treatments like capsaicin cream or lidocaine patches. This treatment is applied directly to the skin to offer quick pain relief.
- Antidepressants have shown to relieve pain by interfering with the chemical process in your brain and spinal cord that cause you to feel pain, and they work well with neuropathy caused by diabetes.
Medication is not the only way to treat neuropathy, and they may work better in conjunction with a variety of therapy options. Some of these therapy treatments include:
- TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, which are electrodes placed onto the skin to deliver a gentle electric current. The TENS unit can be adjusted to various frequencies, and it can be used daily for around one month at a time.
- Plasma exchanges and intravenous immune globulin injections may help to suppress immune system activity to offer relief from inflammation.
- Physical therapy works to combat muscle weakness and improve range of motion. Your doctor might also recommend the use of a hand or foot brace, a cane, walker, or a wheelchair to assist you with moving around.
- In some cases, surgery can be performed that will relieve pressure on the nerves. This is most commonly used when a patient experiences neuropathy as a result of a tumor, and the surgery can help to reduce or even completely eliminate the pressure inside the body.
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