Neuropathy is a widespread condition that affects millions of people all over the world. The most basic explanation of neuropathy is this: nerve damage. The condition is a lot more complex than that though. The number of nerves it can affect varies, and the causes are almost innumerable. Neuropathy can either affect a single nerve, individual nerves simultaneously or many nerves at the same time. Neuropathy usually manifest in diabetics, but can also be caused by pressure on nerves, tumours, autoimmune diseases, alcoholism, vitamin deficiencies, inherited disorders, exposure to radiation and heavy metal toxins. Even repetitive pressure and motions such as being bound in a cast or typing on a keyboard without rest can cause neuropathy
Because of the many systems and organs that neuropathy can affect, there’s a huge variety of neuropathic symptoms. As such, many treatments to help control these symptoms and avoid further complications have been developed.
Over-the-counter pain relievers may work on the milder symptoms of neuropathy, but more severe cases require prescription drugs. Drugs like codeine can be prescribed to manage pain. But opiates can also cause constipation, sedation, and dependence, so these are prescribed sparingly and usually in low dosages. Drugs that are usually prescribed to people experiencing seizures can help with neuropathic pain. While known to be effective in helping with neuropathy, these drugs can also cause dizziness and drowsiness.
Doctors also suggest using Capsaicin along with these drugs. Capsaicin is a cream that can cause a hot sensation so it may take you a while to get used to, but studies have shown that using capsaicin can cause improvements. Antidepressants can also be prescribed to non-depressed patients who suffer from neuropathic pain. Tricyclic drugs like Aventyl relieve pain by blocking the chemical processes that cause you to feel pain. These types of drugs must also be taken in low dosages as then can cause constipation, nausea or drowsiness.
Physical therapy is a great alternative for people who are susceptible to drug dependence. Some physiotherapy can help decrease pain the legs and feet, tingling and burning sensations, and muscle cramps. Acupuncture can also help alleviate neuropathic pain. But it may take a few sessions before you see results. Some treatments use painless electric current and low frequency electrical stimulation to help with pain, foot ulcers, decrease stiffness, and improve mobility. Gait and posture training will help people with resistant foot ulcers. These can also help people who’ve lost limbs because of diabetic neuropathy.
An anti-oxidant known as alphalipoic acid can be used as diet supplements has been proven to help with neuropathy. Photo energy therapy devices can also treat neuropathic symptoms by