Treating Peripheral Neuropathy
The treatment of peripheral neuropathy depends mainly on your ability in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To prevent nerve damage stick to a healthy well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, limit excessive alcohol intake, quit smoking, maintain a healthy weight, avoid injuries, stay away from toxic chemicals, and manage any underlying disorders or diseases.
Once you have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, being aware of your signs and symptoms can help prevent delay of treating any issues relating to nerve damage. A damaged nerve sends false signals and prevents you from feeling real pain causing more harm to the injury. The treatment depends on the cause, early diagnosis, and treatment of the peripheral neuropathy. Below we listed how to treat the primary causes of peripheral neuropathy.
Can be treated and reversed by vitamin therapy and altering your diet to implement nutrition in your diet.
Reduce or eliminate alcohol to prevent toxic effect on the nervous tissue. Alcoholism can cause an unhealthy diet resulting in vitamin deficiency.
Reduce any dietary and environmental exposure to heavy metals, chemicals, gold compounds, lead, arsenic, mercury, organophosphate pesticides. Drink filtered water and avoid eating the dirty dozen foods mentioned in the Environmental Working Group.
Initially, over-the-counter painkillers such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen), analgesics (acetaminophen), creams, ointments, oils, gels, or sprays are advised for pain relief. Prescription drugs such as narcotics, antidepressants, and antiepileptic are recommended for long-term, severe pain.
Conditions and diseases
Diabetes, shingles, and cancer are common underlying conditions that injure nerves causing nerve pain. Diabetes is the common cause of peripheral neuropathy and is only treatable when blood glucose levels are controlled.
Nerve damage can cause muscle weakness causing you to lose your balance and fall. Physical and occupational therapist can assist in strengthening your affected muscles and avoid muscle cramping and spasms. They ergonomically design your home, workplace, and surroundings to ensure safety, relieve pain, prevent injuries, and simply make your life easier. They recommend assistive devices such as braces, canes, walkers, kitchen appliances, etc. for a pain-free lifestyle.
A surgery might be recommended if there is a growth, injury to nerve, or nerve compression. The surgery removes the cause of the pressure on the nerve. When nerve damage is untreatable or unable to regenerate, amputation might be advised.
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