Finding Treatment Options for Peripheral Neuropathy
Peripheral neuropathy happens as a result of damage to your peripheral nerves. According to Mayo Clinic, trauma such as traumatic injuries, metabolic problems, inherited disease, infections and exposure to toxins can cause this to happen. The damage can result in numbness and weakness, occurring in the hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. The pain can feel as if you are being stabbed, or bring feelings of burning or tingling. The good news is, there are solutions to manage to symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. If you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuritis, read to learn about some options available to you.
The Danger of Pain Relievers for Peripheral Neuropathy
Pain relievers are the most common way to treat peripheral-neuropathy. Over-the-counter drugs, such as anti-inflammatory drugs, can help manage the pain you are feeling, as well as opioids. Anti-seizure medications may be prescribed to relieve nerve pain. There is a risk of addiction to the pills if they are abused, so it is important to use the pills as prescribed and as directed. Unfortunately, addiction to pain medicine has become an epidemic within the United States. What’s worse, is that many in need of treatment are not getting it. According to the American College of Physicians, over 22 million people needed treatment for substance abuse
Some anti-depressants have been found to help pain by interfering with some of the chemicals in your brain and spinal cord that make you feel pain. Since they interfere with the chemicals, you start to feel less pain. Like any other medication, there are side effects to these, such as nausea, drowsiness, dizziness and decreased appetite.
Topical treatments, such as Capsaicin cream, are used to treat symptoms. Side effects of the cream are burning or irritating of the skin, which should go away over time. If the side effects of the cream do not go away, stop use.
In addition to Capsaicin cream, Lidocaine patches are also used to help treat the pain and offer relief.
In the case of trauma or nerve compression, many people may be presented with the option of surgical treatment. Nerve decompression surgery is an example in cases of nerve compression, often caused by diabetes mellitus or idiopathic neuropathy. A study published in 2005 showed that nerve decompression surgery helped over 85% of patients regain feeing in numbed extremities, improved balance, or reduced pain.
All surgeries have inherent risks, making it important to find the correct doctor for the procedure. At Premier Pain, we look to avoid it when possible. If surgery is the best option, however, we do have recommendations we can make for you.
Pain Therapies for Peripheral Neuritis
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is one of the many different therapies offered to help the pain dissipate. During TENS therapy, electrodes are placed on the skin to distribute a mild electric current to the skin. This therapy is done for 30 minutes a day, for a whole month.
Depending on the symptoms of your neuropathy, heat based radiofrequency lesioning might be a quality option for you as well. This long – term nerve block is also commonly used for facet joint nerves and sacroiliac joint nerves. A special radiofrequency needle and small electrode are used on the site of the nerve pain. When the current generates heat, it blocks the pain pathways. RFL treatments can reduce pain symptoms for 6 to 9 months at a time.
Seek Treatment with Premier Pain Center
Peripheral neuropathy can make you feel tired, weak and create sensations of burning, stabbing or tingling. If you are suffering from peripheral neuropathy symptoms, Premier Pain Center can help you. With our staff of elite doctors, we can decide what treatment is best for you as you take on your journey with peripheral neuropathy. Contact us today and request an appointment to seek treatment and get on the road to recovery.