Q: Is it true that there is nothing that can be done for peripheral neuropathy?
It is the perception by some, including many physicians, that there is nothing you can do for peripheral neuropathy. That is just not true! That's not to say that everyone will benefit from every treatment. In fact, there are those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy who do not respond to ANY therapy. It is important to keep a positive outlook and try what is available and see how you respond.
There are some medications that effectively treat peripheral neuropathy. These can include medication such as Lyrica, Cymbalta, and Neurontin which treat nerve pain. Additionally some use narcotic pain relievers, particularly at night, to alleviate pain. Nutritional supplements, such as Neuremedy, NeuRx-TF, and Metanx treat vitamin deficiencies that contribute to peripheral neuropathy.
There are also therapies that restore blood flow to the nerves, such as MicroVas therapy, are often effective in diabetic peripheral neuropathy which has a strong circulatory component to it's cause. Some also perform nerve decompression surgery which can also provide relief.
If you are suffering pain or numbness from peripheral neuropathy, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to see which therapy can offer you relief.
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