Neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy is a condition in which the peripheral nerves sustain damage and cause pain, numbness and tingling among other symptoms. Peripheral neuropathy causes vary and include diabetes (most common), traumatic injuries and infections. Many doctors treat neuropathy by treating the diabetes first. Unfortunately, peripheral neuropathy doesn't have a cure, but several effective treatments help with managing the symptoms.
Treatment for Pain and Burning
Pain, burning and tingling are perhaps the most prominent symptoms of neuropathy that require treatment. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as NSAIDs, treat mild symptoms. Capsaicin cream and lidocaine patches are topical treatments that offer some soothing relief when applied directly to the affected areas.
For more severe pain, a doctor may prescribe medication. However, opioids come with a number of risks, including dependency, so most doctors wait to prescribe these painkillers until all other treatment options have failed. Additionally, doctors may prescribe antidepressants or anti-seizure medications. Antidepressants interfere with the processes in the brain and spinal cord that cause you to feel pain, thus reducing pain levels for many people. Likewise, anti-seizure medications can help treat nerve pain.