ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR NEUROPATHIC PAIN
By Dr. Steven Waldman of Milwaukee Foot Specialists of Milwaukee, WI
Many of our patients complain about neuropathic pain. Whether their nerve damage is due to long term diabetes or even trauma, nerve pain can be truly unbearable. Though there are a variety of medications that your doctor can prescribe you for nerve pain, there are also many alternative treatments that many patients have benefited from. If you are suffering from uncomfortable numbness, tingling, or shooting nerve pain you may want to try some of these options to help neuropathic pain.
First and foremost is Capsaicin. Capsaicin is derived from chemicals found in hot chili peppers. Usually used in cream form, the capsaicin can be rubbed into the skin of the affected area. The chemical will create a burning sensation that some find to be relieving, and others find to be unbearable. Over time however, the burning sensation will begin to decrease and studies have shown that along with consistent use comes decent relief from neuropathic pain.
Many patients also find relief from peripheral neuropathy by soaking their feet in warm water. If this works for you, great! However, we do have one word of advice; Check the water. Patients with nerve damage may have decreased sensation, so placing their feet (for example) in the water may not really tell them how hot the water actually is. This can result in burns. So if you do enjoy soaks, please remember to check the water with your hands or even an elbow before placing your feet in scalding water.
Of course, we always advocate that our diabetic patients stay on track with controlling their blood sugar. Keeping a well regulated blood glucose will keep nerve damage from progressing further and making patients even more uncomfortable. Check back with us next week as we discuss diet tips to use while watching your blood sugar and even more about alternative treatments like Acupuncture therapy!
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We look forward to helping you!