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Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment Information
We offer a wide range of pain management options for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, including:
- Pain medicines. Non-narcotic pain relievers, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), reduce moderate peripheral neuropathy pain. These drugs have fewer side effects than narcotic pain relievers, which may not be very effective for this type of pain.
- Antidepressants. Chronic pain causes many patients to experience depression or anxiety. These conditions make it more difficult to control your pain. Our physicians may prescribe antidepressants to elevate your mood, improve your quality of life and increase the effectiveness of other pain management treatments.
- Psychological counseling. Counseling helps limit the effects of depression or anxiety on your pain relief. We refer you to psychologists or psychiatrists who are experts in helping you cope with chronic pain. They may also connect you to chronic pain support groups where you meet with people who are experiencing the same challenges you are facing.
- Nerve stimulation. By sending electrical impulses into nerves, pain signals are sometimes disrupted, reducing your pain. Your physician may test you to see if nerve stimulation reduces your peripheral neuropathy pain. Your physician will temporarily insert electrode wires directly into your affected nerves. The wires are connected to a generator that sends electrical impulses. If the temporary stimulation works, you will undergo surgery to have the generator and wires placed under your skin. The surgical procedure is minor and can be performed in your physician’s office or at an outpatient surgery center. If you no longer need nerve stimulation in the future, the generator and wires can be easily removed.
- Intrathecal pain pump. A pain pump dispenses medicine directly into your spinal fluid so you need less medicine for effective pain relief, reducing your risk for side effects such as elevated blood pressure and weight gain. A pain pump is implanted in your torso during a minor surgical procedure. A catheter (thin tube) connected to the pump is inserted into your spinal cord where it will dispense medicine. The pump automatically dispenses pain medicine at scheduled times so you receive constant pain management. The pump is easily refilled at your physician’s office. If you no longer need the pump in the future, it can be removed.
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Peripheral Neuropathy Support Services
Find out more about the causes and specific treatments for peripheral neuropathy by visiting the websites below:
A Sampling of Peripheral Neuropathy Support Services
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This website explains the symptoms, possible causes and treatments of peripheral neuropathy.
American Cancer Society
Visit this site to learn how peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy is prevented and treated.
American Diabetes Association
This website explains how peripheral neuropathy affects people with diabetes.