Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy and Its Treatment

By August 18, 2015 Blog, Pain Management No Comments

The peripheral nervous system connects the nerves from the brain and the spinal cord to the rest of the body in order to transfer signals about physical sensations back to the brain. When these nerves are damaged and malfunctioned, they disrupt the normal functioning and instead deliver false signals of pain and in some cases no signals at all. Such cases arise due to injury, systemic illness, infection and inherited disorder.

The disorder though seem uncomfortable can be treated. The first thing to consider, however is determining the root cause of the condition.

Symptoms:

There are various symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Some of them are listed below:

  • Feeling of tingling in hands or feet
  • Sharp stabbing sensations
  • Occurrence of numbness in hands or feet
  • Arms may feel “locked” in one place
  • Loss of control over holding objects
  • Shocking sensation most of the time
  • Low Blood pressure
  • Decrease in sexual intimacy
  • Constipation
  • Difficultly in digestion
  • Excess sweating
  • Diarrhea

Sensory nerve disruption is the most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. People have difficulty in walking straight, writing, in fact performing most of everyday activities, such as buttoning shirts and holding phones. When the condition gets severe, patients have complained about being unable to experience sensations of heat, cold, touch, pain.

Treatments:

Certain medications are prescribed by specialists to relieve the pain.

Pain relievers: OTC (Over-the-counter) pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, are recommended for mild symptoms. Depending on the severity, you may be required to take strong painkillers.

 

 

Anti-seizure medications: Doctors may also suggest medications such as gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica) to relieve nerve pain. The medications were first developed to treat epilepsy, and can bring potential side effects including drowsiness.

 

 

Capsaicin: You may be asked to apply Capsaicin (substance found in hot peppers) with other treatments for modest improvement in the condition. The cream has side effects such as skin burning and irritation hence one must consult with a doctor before applying.

 

Antidepressants: Healthcare providers could suggest you certain tricyclic antidepressants,s uch as amitriptyline, doxepin and nortriptyline (Pamelor)that assist in blocking the chemical process in your brain and spinal cord.

 

 

Therapy:

You can also opt for therapies and related procedures to help ease the symptoms.

 

 

 

TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation): By placing adheisve electrodes on the skin, a gentle electric current is delivered at varying frequencies. This should be applied for 30 minutes every day for a month.

 

Some people may benefit largely from Plasma exchange and intravenous immune globulin that help supplying high levels of proteins and suppress immune system activity. The procedure involves removing the blood, then removing antibodies and other proteins from the blood and finally restoring blood back to the body.

Involve in more physical activity to improve your movements. Get rough chiropractic care, acupuncture, and massage to bring motion in your body. Practice meditation and yoga to help lessen discomfort.

Also, cut back or stop alcohol consumption and smoke.

For more detailed information, we suggest you get in touch with a professional healthcare provider . The compassionate and skilled Board Certified pain specialists in Las Vegas (www.painmanagementlasvegas.com) will diligently take care of your condition and help you get back to active life.