Nerve pain can put you out of commission.
No matter the cause, it’s important to address this issue with a physician. Medication can be prescribed, but this may not be enough. An overall management plan is required. For mild neuropathy, alternative treatments could be enough to assuage your symptoms. Even those who are on prescription medication desire some kind of alternative treatment and find more relief when they acquire the right kind for them.
For pain close to the surface, why not pick up a topical painkiller? There are creams or ointments you can purchase at the pharmacy. Applying them directly on the tender spot will help relieve area-specific pain. Some contain capsaicin the active ingredient in hot peppers. Others have botanical oils and other natural ingredients. The best part, they often relieve your pain as soon as they are applied.
Another good option is over-the-counter painkillers. Aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help control neuropathic pain that is occasional rather than chronic and not severe. Follow the directions on the bottle carefully, however. You don’t want to become dependent on them for pain relief. Taking too much or taking them too often can have serious side effects. Do not take any of these for longer than 10 days in a row, unless your doctor gives you the go-ahead.
Some neuropathy is caused by a vitamin deficiency. Others are worsened by it. A vitamin B-12 deficiency is one such cause. A supplement may be recommended.
Some neuropathy patients have had good results with acupuncture. This is an ancient Chinese medical technique where needles are inserted in certain nexus points throughout the body. It doesn’t hurt and research has found it effective. Scientists believe it disrupts pain signals and therefore provides relief.
Hypnosis, talk therapy, massage, biofeedback and even physical therapy may be worthwhile. Regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, dealing with any emotional ramifications from chronic pain such as stress, anxiety and depression, and getting enough sleep are all part and parcel of a proper pain management plan.