Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Are There Any New Treatments For Neuropathy?

Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 10:37 AM

Question: Are there any new type treatments for neuropathy other than the prescription drugs Neurontin or Lyrica?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Neuropathy has many treatments for both relieving symptoms as well as for treating the underlying cause. Lyrica and Neurontin are designed to treat the symptoms of the neuropathy and will not affect the progression or regression of the condition.

Treating the underlying cause will reverse some neuropathies, but treatment does not always reverse the condition due to factors that affect the health and integrity of the nerve fiber itself or its lining. For instance, treatment of diabetes does not usually reverse the neuropathy because of an underlying disorder of blood vessels (microangiopathy).

Treatment of multiple sclerosis does not reverse the neuropathy because the myelin sheath that causes a "short-circuit" in the minute electrical impulses conducted by the nerve fibers is destroyed. This topic is too broad to discuss here, so I will refer you to your doctor for discussion of your own individual circumstance. It is very important to understand the reason for your neuropathy so that tailored treatment can be offered that may be able to not only arrest the neuropathy but also improve the function that remains.

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