Available Treatments for lower extremity pain in Pittsburgh?

Nerve Pain Center Pittsburgh PA Neuropathy Treatments

Currently, treatment options vary depending on the cause of the patient’s neuropathy, the type of nerve damage, and how long the patient has had the damage.

Correcting the underlying cause of the nerve damage at your Pittsburgh Nerve Pain Center can result in the neuropathy resolving on its own as the nerves recover or regenerate. Proper diet, nutrition and exercise can also alleviate the patient’s symptoms. Strict control of a patient’s blood glucose levels has been shown to reduce neuropathic pain.

Pain relievers - Over-the-counter pain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), can relieve mild symptoms. For more-severe symptoms, your doctor might prescribe painkillers. Medications containing opioids, such as tramadol or oxycodone can lead to dependence and addiction, so these drugs generally are prescribed only when other treatments fail.

Anti-seizure medications - Medications such as gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica), developed to treat epilepsy, may relieve nerve pain. Side effects can include drowsiness and dizziness.

Topical treatments - Capsaicin cream, which contains a substance found in hot peppers, can cause modest improvements in lower extremity pain symptoms. You might have skin burning and irritation where you apply the cream, but this usually lessens over time. Some people, however, can't tolerate it.

Antidepressants - Certain tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, doxepin and nortriptyline (Pamelor), have been found to help relieve pain by interfering with chemical processes in your brain and spinal cord that cause you to feel pain.The serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor duloxetine (Cymbalta) and the extended-release antidepressant venlafaxine (Effexor XR) also might ease the pain of lower extremity pain caused by diabetes. Side effects may include dry mouth, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, decreased appetite and constipation.

Tens Units - Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is used to aid in pain relief caused by neuropathy. A TENS unit involves attaching electrodes to the skin at the site of the pain or near the nerves being effected. Some studies have shown to improve neuropathic symptoms caused by diabetes.

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Nerve Pain Centers of
Western PA

874 Butler Street Suite 2
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
(412) 408-3788