Neuropathy refers to the many conditions that involve damage to the nervous systems. If our nervous system is prevented from or unable to communicate effectively with the rest of our bodies and ultimately our minds, then it can lead to a number of health problems.
These include cramps and twitching if the damage is to the motor nerves which control movement and the ability to feel vibrations or touch if the damage is to sensory nerves. More than 20 million people in the United States have been estimated to suffer from some form of neuropathy, but that number is probably much higher as many cases are misdiagnosed or the sufferer simply sees no worth in seeking medical assistance.
If you are someone or you know someone who suffers from neuropathy, then here are some of how you might be able to treat the problem.
Both over the counter medicines and prescription drugs can help in the treatment of neuropathy. Anti-inflammatory drugs can help relieve mild symptoms while for more severe cases a doctor might prescribe pain relievers such as tramadol and oxycodone. Anti-seizure medicines which were developed initially to assist in the treatment of epilepsy can be of benefit due to the fact they help reduce nerve pain. There is a growing clamor for the increased use of antidepressants in the treatment of neuropathy because of the way that they interfere with the chemical processes of the brain and spinal cord, two areas which play a significant role in the condition.
Aside from prescription drugs, there are plenty of natural remedies that can help manage nerve problems. One of the most intriguing is capsaicin, one of the ingredients in hot peppers that makes them spicy. Capsaicin decreases the intensity of pain signals sent through the nervous system and so can help in the battle with controlling neuropathy. Vitamin B is essential for the health of your nerves so increasing your intake of that can help while the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD oil could also offer benefits – here are some more details about the theory behind that.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation – or TENS for short – involves placing electrodes on the skin which deliver a gentle electrical current at various frequencies with the aims of stimulating the nerves underneath. To be successful, TENS treatment should be carried out for 30 minutes daily for at least a month.
Regular exercise can help in the treatment and prevention of neuropathy due to the effect that it has on blood sugar levels. When we exercise, we are reducing the number of sugars that are in our bloodstream and this, in turn, can help to reduce and slow down the amount of damage being done to our nervous systems. Exercise also increases the amount and rate of blood through to the extremities of our bodies – hence why people can look red after exercising – and if more healthy blood is reaching more of your nervous system, it, in turn, will be healthier.