Neuropathy Pain Relief Cream vs. Medication

Neuropathy PainIf you are living with neuropathy pain, you want relief. In order to find the right solution for your neuropathy pain, you have to figure out the source of the pain. You will most likely need to enlist the help of a health care professional. If the problem is caused by a pinched nerve, then physical therapy or surgery may be the solution. Foot swelling caused by injury may be relieved by elevating the foot and applying ice. Pain caused by osteoarthritis may improve with exercise and strengthening the muscles that support the bones and joints. About 50 percent of people who have diabetes will also have neuropathy pain.

If the pain of peripheral neuropathy is the result of diabetes, the first and most important treatment is to stabilize the blood sugar. If the blood sugar is well controlled but the neuropathy pain continues, it’s time to explore other options. Some people report relief from using pain relief creams that contain capsaicin. Capsaicin comes from hot chili peppers. It works by depleting a neurochemical that transmits signals of pain. Creams with capsaicin are used to relieve the pain of diabetic neuropathy, arthritis, fibromyalgia, bursitis, back pain, and bursitis. Over the counter analgesics can help control neuropathy pain as can low doses of antidepressant medications.

The claim of alpha lipoic acid in neuropathy (APA) is that by controlling blood sugar, it helps control diabetes related neuropathy. Although many studies are inconclusive, there are some that point to this substance as on possible solution. The most convincing studies involve delivering APA by intravenous infusion rather than orally. The choice between neuropathy pain relief cream and medication is very individual and needs to take into account the underlying cause of neuropathy and a careful and individual assessment of risk versus benefit for each treatment option.