Managing Neuropathy

There is no known cure for neuropathy currently. Fortunately, researchers have found ways to help relieve the discomfort and enjoy an improved quality of life. The main goals of treatment are the find the cause and resolve that factor to allow the neuropathy to resolve on its own, while helping to relieve the pain and discomfort.

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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