When it comes to the treatment of this very unpleasant condition, the truth is that in a number of cases, the treatment depends on the underlying cause and whether or not it is possible to treat it. On the other side, there are cases in which the symptoms simply improve on their own and without any treatment. However, for all those who find it too difficult to tolerate the symptoms waiting to see whether or not they will disappear on their own, there are several options that should be kept in mind because they help in keeping them under control, at least.
Conservative methods of treatment of peripheral neuropathy
As far as conservative treatment options are concerned, those that are at one’s disposal mostly refer to various medications. Pain relievers are practically inevitable, either those that can be obtained over the counter, or those that have to be prescribed by the doctor. Anti-seizure medications might also help with the nerve pain, so even though they are primarily prescribed in cases of epilepsy, the doctors prescribe them in cases of peripheral neuropathy as well. Antidepressants, particularly those categorized as tricyclic antidepressants or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, have also proven to be helpful in the treatment of pain caused by peripheral neuropathy, probably due to the effect that they have on the brain.
Patches that contain lidocaine might also prove to be useful in some cases, because they cause no side effects and they are easy to use since all it takes to relieve the pain is placing them to the area in which the pain is the strongest.
Alternative methods of treatment for peripheral neuropathy
There are always people who will prefer natural methods of treatment, and having in mind possible side effects of the majority of medications that are approved for cases of peripheral neuropathy, it might be a good idea to at least consider some of the available options.
- Acupuncture is successful in the treatment of numerous symptoms and pain is only one of them. However, it is important to find a qualified practitioner and keep in mind that usually several sessions are necessary.
- Biofeedback sessions might also provide relief, although people do not give it a chance easily and frequently.
- Creams that contain capsaicin also provide some improvement, although it might take some time before the signs of it become noticeable.
- Alpha-lipoic acid is also used in some cases, although it is highly recommended to discuss it with the doctor previously, because in some cases, the levels of sugar in the blood might be affected, which is not always desirable.