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Can Anything Help Neuropathy of the Foot?

Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:26 AM

Question: What can be done for neuropathy of the foot? I currently take 100 mg of Lyrica, and all of my doctors say no more can be done.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

There is no excuse for putting up with painful neuropathy. Many options for treatment, and even some regression, are available.

Neuropathy is a medical term for disordered nerve function. It can be associated with many conditions including vascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory, or infectious processes such as shingles. It can also be related to toxin ingestion, chemotherapy, internal diseases, and malignancy. It may even occur without apparent associations not recognized until later.

Lyrica belongs to a family of anti-convulsive medications that are commonly used to help moderate neuropathy symptoms. These drugs are often used in combination with anti-inflammatories and other medications to control associated pain.

I recommend you consult your family physician or internist for a review of your condition. Perhaps a neurology consultation is in order as well. Remember that correcting the underlying condition will often arrest progression of neuropathies, and in many cases, may actually allow regression and improvement.

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