Okay, let’s get the bad news out of the way first – not only is there no cure for dental or medical neuropathy, there is no treatment that is known to consistently keep the pain under control, either. While there are a number of neuropathy treatment options available, they all work erratically. That said, with a little effort, you can certainly find a treatment option that works for you. The best you can expect from successful treatment though is reduced pain and as few side effects from the medicine as possible.
Dentists and doctors believe that the best way to get results from your neuropathy treatment is to get treatment for it as early on as possible – before the pain digs its heels in.
If you suffer from nerve pain of the back or the spine, treatment is usually offered through medicines and implants that try to block out the oversensitive nerve cells that send out pain messages. There are other kinds of treatment options available to them – electrical stimulation, physical therapy and even psychological therapy.
The thing is, neuropathy treatment, as it stands now, isn’t a single kind of treatment. Neuropathy pain is a very complex thing that arises from a variety of sources and. You need to attack the problem in as many ways as it arises. It has to be multidisciplinary to be at all useful.
Neuropathy treatment for instance, can often be an entire system of treatments that they call a comprehensive pain management and rehabilitation programs. Such programs could include a spine specialist who comes from a background of neurology, anesthetics or spine surgery. An occupational therapist will work to help with physical rehabitation, and there could be a psychologist involved too, who helps with sleeplessness and depression.
And then there are the medications involved. Tricyclic antidepressants like Nortriptyline are always used, as are local anesthetics like the lidocaine and anticonvulsants like neurontin. Doctors and dental specialists typically give you antidepressants and anticonvulsants first of all. You might think that painkillers like morphine would be effective, but they usually aren’t good at all with neuropathic pain.
Sometimes, nerve block injections can help. These are injections that try to disrupt the pain signals running through your nerves. They take steroids, morphine or anything else, they do a live x-ray video guide to look at your body to find out exactly where to put the needle and they inject it.
An implant is the final line of defense. The implant tries to disrupt pain signals by putting out electrical currents in your body at a low level.