1. Prescription medication
Neuropathy medication will depend on the type of nerve damage you have, may be peripheral, diabetic or autonomic. Be sure to consult a doctor to recommend the best medication for the type of nerve damage you may have since different medications have different side effects.
The doctor may recommend anticonvulsants which have been found to be very effective in controlling nerve pain. These drugs affect peripheral nerves, the spinal cord and the brain, having powerful effects on the nervous system. They do not numb nerve pain completely, but they have been found to stop the uncomfortable feeling that you may be going through. Some antidepressants commonly taken are topiramate, gabapentin and carbamazepine.
These drugs, however, have a range of side effects including dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Other drugs recommended are antidepressants, including tricyclic antidepressants and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), which manage chronic pain and give the user a good mood. Severe nerve pain is dealt with using opioid narcotic drugs which work as fast and effectively as antidepressants and anticonvulsants but have dangerous side effects like constipation, stomach upsets and addiction.
These drugs are only prescribed as a last resort after the previous medication has failed. In some instances, the doctor may choose to combine two or three of the above medications for better results and depending on the severity of the symptoms. The most important thing to do is to follow the doctor’s prescription to the letter for the best results.
2. Dieting and exercise
It is very important that neuropathy patients supplement Nerve Pain Remedies and drugs with regular exercise and a healthy diet. People suffering from nerve damage should ensure that their weight is in the appropriate range, they eat a balanced diet that is nutritious and avoid toxins and drug use. Exercising will not only keep your muscles from wasting away, it will also help reduce the instance of muscle cramps. It is, however, important to take exercise that is within your physical ability. Strenuous exercise will cause more problems than it will solve.
Recommended exercise for people suffering from nerve pain is regular walking, tai chi, pilates and yoga. Neuropathy patients should consume a healthy and nutritious diet made up of plenty of minerals and vitamins. They should also consume plenty of lean protein, vegetables, fruits and whole grains. This helps prevent any gastrointestinal problems while keeping any deficiencies at bay.
Smoking and taking alcohol should also be avoided. Smoking constricts blood vessels and this makes it difficult for nutrients to reach peripheral nerves. Alcohol, on the other hand, accelerates nerve damage making the neuropathy conditions much worse. In addition to diet and exercise, a neuropathy patient should also take vitamin supplements, vitamin B supplements specifically. The supplements will not cure neuropathy directly but will provide relief to the symptoms.
Acupuncture is a form of medicine from the east that is rapidly being adopted around the world for its effectiveness. This procedure involves stimulation of sensory nerves found under the skin using needles. This causes the body to release endorphins and pain-relieving hormones reducing the symptoms significantly. Studies show that numerous acupuncture sessions may improve nerve conduction for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy.