If you're suffering from peripheral neuropathy and are experiencing numbness, it's important that you check your feet for any sores or blisters that could get infected. You should also be careful avoid hot temperatures and dangerous objects. Exercising and eating healthy meals may reduce pain and decrease your chance of making the disease worse. Encourage circulation by massaging your feet and hands and avoid putting pressure on your affected nerves.
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How do I manage my peripheral neuropathy?
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What do I ask my doctor about peripheral neuropathy?
Baptist Health South Florida answeredIf you think you might have peripheral neuropathy, it's important that you go to a doctor right away. When you got to your doctor's appointment, have a list of questions to ask so that you won't forget them, from most to least important. Before going to your doctor's appointment, make sure you make a list of the medications you are taking and of your medical history. Peripheral neuropathy varies in signs and is difficult to diagnose without a review of your symptoms and risk factors. Because peripheral neuropathy runs in families, be aware of your family medical history. Alcohol abuse and exposure to toxins also cause the disease; your doctor will want to know how much you drink and if your work or home environment may expose you to unhealthy substances. Be sure to ask how your peripheral neuropathy symptoms may be related to your medications and current condition.
What is the best treatment option for neuropathy in the feet?
Treatment falls into two categories: symptomatic treatment for any uncomfortable tingling or burning and treatment of the underlying cause.
For symptomatic treatment there are many medications that are used. One of the most common and most effective was originally an anti-seizure medication and pain medication for the pain one has after getting the shingles. This is gabapentin and there is a close cousin to this medication called pregabalin that is also used a great deal. Other anti-seizure, anti-depressant and, on occasion, narcotic pain medications are used as well. If a patient has intolerable side effects or the oral medications are not working, neuropathy creams can also be tried. Pain patches can also be tried in those hard to treat patients.
Treating the underlying disorder is also very important. For the most common cause of neuropathy, diabetes, good glucose control is paramount. This will help the neuropathy stabilize. Other potentially reversible causes can include folate, B12 deficiencies, thyroid disorders, medication side effects (especially chemotherapeutic agents), paraneoplastic disorders and blood diseases like monoclonal gammopathies (multiple myeloma being the most worrisome). A thorough workup by a neurologist is advised if you develop numbness, tingling or burning in the feet.Helpful? 6 people found this helpful.
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