Peripheral Neuropathy is a medical condition in which the patient suffers from pain that is felt in his hands, feet and various other parts of his body. Usually the result of nerve damage, the pain caused by this disorder is of a tingling nature.
Some patients with peripheral neuropathy might also feel numbness, weakness and a loss of sensation in their hands and feet too. Exposure to toxins, injuries sustained in an accident, infection and diabetes are considered among the most common reasons for this disorder. There are several pain management regimes that are available for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.
Medications for relieving the pain are considered the best means of pain management for peripheral neuropathy. There are a number of medications that are prescribed by Las Vegas Pain Management Doctors for this purpose, depending on the frequency and the intensity of the pain suffered by the patient.
Pain Relievers: For mild pain, the LV pain doctors usually prescribe over-the-counter pain relievers. These can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, if the pain persists and cannot be controlled by these medications then use of opiate drugs may become necessary
Amitriptyline: These medications are indicated for patients whose neuropathic pain does not stem from diabetes. These medications were initially developed for treating symptoms of depression but have been found to be extremely useful in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy as well.
Pregabalin: Pregabalin is an alternative for Amitriptyline that are usually prescribed by doctors for patients who are unwilling to take Amitriptyline because of its side-effects. A newer version of the medication is known as Lyrica. Both may be extremely effective for neuropathy.
Duloxetine: Duloxetine is a medication that can prove to be quite effective in treating neuropathic pain caused due to diabetes. Similar to the Amitriptyline, the Duloxetine was also developed for treating depression but has proved itself to be excellent for managing the pain caused by peripheral neuropathy.
Lidocaine Patch: Lidocaine patches are sometimes advised by Las Vegas pain clinics for reducing the pain felt by the patients of this disorder. These patches are soaked in the topical anesthetic named Lidocaine and can help in relieving the pain.
A person can use anywhere from one to four of these patches for managing the severe pain throughout the course of a day. There are other topical pain medications which can help substantially.
Besides pain medications, several therapies are also indicated by the doctors for alleviating the pain caused by peripheral neuropathy. The following are some of the best pain management therapies that are available to the patients of this disorder.
TENS: Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation or TENS is one of the devices that are considered an effective means of managing neuropathic pain. This device sends electrical signals to the nerves present in the area where you are experiencing the pain through adhesive electrodes. These electrical signals interrupt the pain signaling mechanism of the nerves, thus alleviating the pain felt by the patient.
Spinal Cord Stimulator: This has been a revolutionary treatment for those with peripheral neuropathy. Studies have shown that a spinal cord stimulator may not only decrease the amount of pain being experienced, but also may help restore some sensation that had been lost from the neuropathy. The treatment has been an excellent option for those with diabetic neuropathy especially.
In short, there is no single best pain management technique for peripheral neuropathy. A combination of the many available treatment methods is thus, a better option to use for managing the pain in a better manner.
Top Las Vegas and Henderson pain management clinics Innovative Pain Care offers several Board Certified doctors. These doctors offer both medication management and interventional procedures to bring neuropathy patients a very high success rate for pain relief.
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