Living with neuropathy is debilitating, and pain medications are the common factor among patients, is their first option, but not necessarily the most effective. Medications and drugs have side effects and as time passes you’ll need to take more and more, while neuropathy symptoms don’t stop from evolving.
One of the most common medications is called Gabapentin, what is relevant about this medication is that it was not even created to treat nerve pain. An approximate of twenty million people in America suffer one type of peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral Neuropathy may start with nerve damage to the peripheral nervous system, which is conformated it by the nerves running from the brain and the spinal cord. Some symptoms may include:
- Prickling/Tingling Sensation
- Sharp Throbbing
- Freezing/Burning Pain
- Extreme Sensitivity
- Lack of Coordination
At Marron Wellness, we offer chiropractic care as an effective treatment for neuropathy and its for painful, disruptive symptoms. Rather than masking your pain with medications, chiropractic care targets the causes of the condition to improve your overall health and wellness.
What is Neuropathy?
Neuropathy, or peripheral neuropathy, is a term used to describe a category of health problems and the accompanying issues. The conditions are often irreversible, but you can manage neuropathy through lifestyle, diet, and treatment. This article discusses the symptoms and treatment of neuropathy so you can better understand your condition and work with your healthcare providers on a comprehensive care plan.
Neuropathy is a progressive condition and it can affect just one nerve or many peripheral nerves throughout the body.
We could say that there is not a unique factor or disease that triggers neuropathy, but certainly plenty of conditions and outside factors that affect overall health may cause it. As an example, we could mention Diabetes as a primary trigger for neuropathy in the United States, around 70% of the diabetes population experiences neuropathy.
Another frequent trigger condition among the diabetes population is trauma, in other words, suffering an injury of any kind can cause neuropathy. Some infections and autoimmune disorders are both known for creating chronic neuropathy with the passage of time.
On the other hand, rheumatoid arthritis patients can develop mild forms of neuropathy. Then, autoimmune diseases like lupus, lyme, shingles, or even HIV could cause nerve damage. A neverendless list that includes health conditions, medications, vascular disorders, alcoholism, or inherited disorders.
With no doubts, the worst part of neuropathy is realizing that there is no explanation for the nerve damage, because some cases of neuropathy have no known cause.
Have you heard of Gabapentin?
Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant and nerve pain medication.
This drug has become widely used, the medication was created to treat a specific condition, but is being used for a different reason. Neuropathy can be relieved by gabapentin, dosis is ambiguous and in many cases non existent.
Being so readily available, gabapentin is at high risk of being abused. It is not an opioid, but with such high doses being prescribed, it may easily become a risk of misuse. It does not carry the same lethal risk of overdose as opioids, but the effects of taking gabapentin for extended periods of time have unknown outcomes.
Chiropractic Care and Neuropathy
If you have permanent damage due to a neuropathic condition, regular electrostimulation and massage can help with your symptoms. Other common treatment options include physical therapy, and inflammation injections.
Chiropractic care for neuropathy focuses on treating the underlying conditions that cause nerve pain as well as the inflammation that your body is producing from your neuropathy. Treating the inflammation will help to ease your pain in the different joints and extremities. Many patients are looking not only to reduce their pain but to also improve their overall quality of life without relying on medication.
Receive Effective Chiropractic Care for Neuropathy
Gabapentin is a pain medication which only serves merely to alleviate pain. Neuropathy is a chronic condition that needs actual treatment and healing. Integrated wellness helps you create that personalized plan to target your specific type of neuropathy and nerve pain.
With our four step treatment plan, we will help you get pain relief and try to bring those nerves back to better health. For long term, non-surgical, drug-free results contact the professionals at Marron Wellness Center in Eatontown, NJ.
We can help you recover from the debilitating effects of neuropathy. We work directly with insurance companies to determine your coverage. Let us help you reduce or eliminate the pain and discomfort caused by peripheral neuropathy. To learn more, call us at (732) 542-1272 to make an appointment and to ask any questions you may have.