How we treat Neuropathic pain

The goals of treatment for neuropathic pain are to manage the pain as much as possible and to minimise the negative side effects of the treatment. People with chronic neuropathic pain may be referred to a pain clinic such as Vibe Natural Health’s PainWise program for assessment, management and advice on living with chronic pain.

Pain is a very complex condition and each person is affected differently. It has many physical and psychological components and individuals can experience fatigue, anxiety, mood changes and depression.

Every person is different, and your doctor will take into consideration your needs so as to suggest the most suitable treatment for you. There are various treatments available for neuropathic pain and often it is a ‘trial and error’ process to find the best option for an individual.

Regular painkillers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs (for example ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol) are usually not effective for neuropathic pain.

Neuropathic pain is complex because each person is affected differently

The most common treatments:

  • Medications – opioids, antiepileptics, antidepressants,
  • Topical treatments – lidocaine patches, capsacin cream
  • Acupuncture to stimulate the nervous system
  • Chiropractic – rehabilitation and treatments
  • Osteopathic – rehabilitation and treatments
  • Naturopathic and nutritional medicine, lifestyle, foods and supplementation

Causes of neuropathic pain

You may have had an injury or trauma, or damaged your nerves through posture, medications or surgery. Neuropathic pain can also be caused by viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and metabolic conditions such as diabetes.

It could feel like numbness, prickling or tingling in your feet or hands, which can spread upward into your legs and arms. Sharp, jabbing, throbbing, freezing or burning pain. Extreme sensitivity to touch. Neuropathic pain is caused by damage or injury to the nerves that transfer information between the brain and spinal cord from the skin, muscles and other parts of the body.

It may also be a side effect of certain medications. Occasionally no identifiable cause is found which can be distressing for the individual experiencing the pain.

Chronic neuropathic pain is common and may be related to an underlying health condition such as cancer or diabetic neuropathy, or it could be related to treatments such as chemotherapy.

Symptoms

  • The pain is usually described as a burning sensation and affected areas are often sensitive to the touch.
  • Symptoms of neuropathic pain may also include excruciating pain, pins and needles, difficulty correctly sensing temperatures and numbness.
  • Some people may find it hard to wear thick clothes as even slight pressure can aggravate the pain.

In summary

  •  Symptoms
    The pain is usually described as a burning sensation and affected areas are often sensitive to the touch and can also be excruciating pain, pins and needles, difficulty correctly sensing temperatures and numbness
  • Possible causes
    Injury or trauma, or damaged your nerves through posture, medications or surgery. Neuropathic pain can also be caused by viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis and metabolic conditions such as diabetes.
  • Modalities for support
    Naturopathy, Nutritionist, Doctor, Acupuncture, Osteopath, Chiropractor