Do you have patients who have been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy? If so, it’s vital they understand the condition falls under the larger umbrella of chronic pain. There are many causes of neuropathic pain, and they include everything from progressive nerve disease to infection or injury. One of the most frustrating aspects of this condition is that the discomfort can flare up at any time, seemingly untriggered.
There’s a reason for this. Neuropathic pain occurs when the body sends unwarranted (and generally untriggered) pain signals to the brain. And the condition will continue to progress if left unchecked.
Keep reading for a breakdown of chronic pain disorder and peripheral neuropathy so that you can empower your patients.
Chronic Pain and Neuropathy
According to the State of the Art Review, roughly one in three Americans suffer from chronic pain, and as many as one out of five of those cases suffer from neuropathic discomfort. The condition can have debilitating impacts on a person’s daily life, leaving them feeling drained and hopeless.
That’s why it’s vital to empower your patients by helping them understand the potential underlying causes of chronic pain and peripheral neuropathy. Only then can your clinic or pharmacy offer patients the best treatment options.
Neuropathic Pain’s Causes
Many overlapping causes of chronic pain and neuropathic pain exist. They include:
Other contributing factors may be thyroid problems, facial nerve problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, vitamin B deficiency, or arthritis of the spine. Left unchecked, chronic pain and neuropathy can spiral into more significant problems like insomnia, chronic fatigue, and depression. Fortunately, therapeutic options exist that have provided relief to many individuals.
Conventional Treatment Options
While many people turn to over-the-counter medicines for relief from neuropathic pain (e.g., Motrin and Aleve), these medications have limitations. After all, they’re designed to address general feelings of discomfort and don’t target the pain’s source.
While prescription medications may help with pain reduction, they come with significant risks for opioid dependence. Some doctors may prescribe anticonvulsants, nerve blockers, or even antidepressant drugs. But while this approach does relieve symptoms, these represent temporary band-aids.
Alternative Neuropathy Management Therapies
The most effective strategy for managing chronic pain associated with neuropathy gets to the heart of the matter through healthy eating and state-of-the-art technology and supplementation provided by our NeuropaCalm Care Program.
How does the care program work? NeuropaCalm relies on cutting-edge research to promote circulation and cell regeneration. In other words, it does more than simply mask symptoms. Contact NeuropaCalm today to discuss our care program and how to add it to your pharmacy or convenient care clinic's offerings.