Neuropathic pain is best described as damaged nerve fibers that send incorrect signals to other pain centers. Unfortunately, there is no proven treatment to prevent or cure neuropathic pain. WebMD.com explains that “The primary goal of treatment then, is to reduce the pain as much as possible, balance the negative side effects of the treatment, and help patients manage any unresolved pain.”
To that end, the most successful approach to treatment has been through a combination of medications and nerve blocks.
The Game Plan
WebMD points out that because of the complex nature of neuropathic pain, “a comprehensive pain management and rehabilitation program” may be the best approach. Back pain patients with chronic, neuropathic pain might include working with:
- A spine specialist or pain management specialist, such as a spine surgeon, anesthesiologist, physiatrist, or neurologist, for medical management of the pain
- A physical therapist or occupational therapist to assist with physical rehabilitation, exercise and overall conditioning
- A psychologist who specializes in pain management to develop techniques for managing the pain and alleviate associated symptoms of depression or sleeplessness.
Easy on the Meds
Medications are frequently a first line of treatment when dealing with the intense nature of neuropathic pain. However, finding an effective medication takes a trial and error approach and can at times be frustrating to both the patient and the doctor. In addition, the side effects of many medications can be problematic.
Types of Medications
Never take any medication before first consulting with your doctor. That said, the three types of medications most commonly prescribed for nerve pain include:
- Antidepressants or tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline and nortriptiline).
- Anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine, felbamate, valproic acid, clonazepam, and phenytoin.
- Local anesthetics, such as intravenous application of lidocaine, tocainide or mexiletine can often provide relief.
The Joint at Houston Meyerland is ready and waiting for you. A knowledgeable and professional staff can provide a complete and thorough evaluation. The spine protects the central nervous system and can play a critical role in the well-being of the individual. It’s easy to drop in on The Joint because walk-ins are welcome because of the no-appointment policy, and insurance isn’t a hassle because it doesn’t accept insurance. Everything is simple and direct, and chiropractic is a great preventative practice.
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