Managing Neuropathy

There is currently no known cure for peripheral neuropathy but there are ways to control it better. The first step is to address factors that cause neuropathy. For example, control blood sugar level in cases of diabetes, exposure to toxin, infection, toxicity caused by medication, vitamin deficiencies, compression of nerves due to daily activities, etc. Sometimes pain killers, anti-seizure medication, antidepressants and topical creams and patches may need to be prescribed to relieve symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

Treatment methods include:

Medications: Aimed at pain relief such as pain relievers, anti-seizure medications and anti-depressants.

Topical applications: Capsaicin creams or patches that also function as pain control.

Electro-therapy: Use of electrical devices such as the Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) to gently stimulate malfunctioning nerves.

Lifestyle changes: Foot care, exercise, stop smoking, reduce alcohol intake and have a healthy diet.

Massage: Helps to improve blood circulation, stimulate nerves and relieve pain.

Posture: Avoid crossing the legs and sitting with positions that may compress your nerves.

Nutritional supplementation: In the last five decades, there has been strong research to show that deficiencies in B-vitamins are one of the major caused of neuropathy. Thiamine or Vitamin B1 produces a protective layer on the nerves while conducting nerve impulses through the synthesis of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine provides an analgesic effect through the production of brain chemicals that helps control pain sensations. Vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin, promoted the regeneration and growth of nerve cells. It is also associated with memory loss, difficulty in walking, tingling and loss of sensation in the elderly. Vitamin B1, B6 and B12 work synergistically to improve overall nerve health.

 

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The information contained in this article is not intended or designed to diagnose, prevent, treat or provide a cure for any condition or disease, to ascertain the state of your health or be substituted for medical care. Merck encourages you to seek advice from your doctor or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns arising from the information in this article.

Reference:

  1. Peripheral Neuropathy: Treatment. 2016. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/peripheral-neuropathy/diagnosis-treatment/treatment/txc-20205118 Accessed on 5 May 2017
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