Stabbing, shooting, burning, and electric shock-like pain. Tingling and pins and needles sensations.
Living with nerve pain and discomfort from neuropathy can be very, very hard. But pain management specialists know what to do.
Treatment and Management Options for Neuropathic Pain
Once they have determined the underlying cause and the type of nerve damage, they can recommend effective treatment and management methods.
1. Diabetic Care
Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy (60-70 percent of people with diabetes suffer from some form of neuropathic pain). When diabetes is the cause, proper diabetic care can decrease and eliminate symptoms.
Doctors often prescribe anti-depressant drugs like tricyclic anti-depressants and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors to treat neuropathy.
These drugs can reduce neuropathic pain by increasing chemicals in the brain that reduce incoming pain signals.
Pain specialists sometimes prescribe anticonvulsants to treat neuropathic pain because they may stop damaged nerves from transmitting faulty pain signals.
4. Nerve Blocks
Nerve blocks can provide long-lasting relief from neuropathic pain.
A nerve block procedure involves injecting steroids, anesthetics, and other medications into the nerves producing faulty pain transmissions. The pain relief can last for days, weeks, or months.
5. Electrical Impulse Stimulation
Typically, this treatment option is used only after other options have failed.
Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
First, a surgeon performs a minimally invasive surgery to implant a spinal cord stimulator. A spinal cord stimulator is a device that generates electrical impulses on your spine.
The electrical impulses alter how your brain processes pain by sending electrical impulses to the nerves in the spinal cord.
Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation (DRGS)
If you suffer from neuropathy of the feet, hands, knees, groin, and chest, DRGS is likely a better treatment option than spinal cord stimulation.
Like SCS, DRGS treatment uses electrical impulses to stop nerve pain. However, unlike SCS, DRGS trains electrical impulses on nerves in certain body parts (hands, feet, chest, etc.).
Like SCS, a DRGS device implant on the spine involves a short surgical procedure.
6. Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Neuropathic pain often responds poorly to any single pain treatment or management method.
A multidisciplinary approach that combines one or more methods, such as medications, physical therapy, psychological treatment, and surgery, can be much more effective.
Pain specialists coordinate with other health professionals to provide patients the best possible pain treatment and management.
7. OTC painkillers
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) can provide fast, convenient relief from neuropathic pain. However, they are often not effective when used without other treatments and therapies.
Neuropathy Treatment and Management in Texas
The pain and discomfort of neuropathy and the loss of sleep, anxiety, and depression that can accompany it, can be challenging to handle.
At Texas Pain Physicians, our pain management specialists will work day and night to find the best course of treatment and management for you.
Please give us a call or book your appointment online today.