It’s important to tell your doctor as soon as possible if you experience these types of side effects, particularly if you are still receiving therapy, as this may affect chemotherapy recommendations. Typically, doctors treating neuropathy aim to reduce pain. Commonly used treatments include:
Antidepressant medications. Antidepressant may help relieve the pain of peripheral neuropathy. Doses prescribed are often smaller than the doses that doctors typically use to treat depression.
Anticonvulsants. Anticonvulsants alone or in combination with antidepressant medications can be helpful in treating neuropathic pain.
Steroid. Steroid medications are sometimes used in the short run to relieve severe neuropathic pain until a better long-term treatment plan is in place.
Patches or creams. Patches or creams can be applied directly to the painful site and can be especially helpful in managing neuropathic pain.
Opioids. Opioids, such as morphine, are often used in combination with other medications to manage severe neuropathic pain.
Physical, occupational, and relaxation therapy, can be effective for neuropathic pain. Strengthening muscles can help improve balance and coordination. In some cases, acupuncture or biofeedback, a technique in which a patient watches measures of his or her own bodily functions (such as heartbeat, blood pressure, and muscle tension), can be helpful.
Vitamins. B vitamins may sometimes be utilized to treat neuropathy, such as vitamin B6. All vitamins should be discussed with your doctor prior to initiating. It is very helpful to work with a pain specialist who can recommend a good treatment plan. This is especially important if your symptoms have not responded to your current treatment. A second opinion is always valuable because it either confirms your doctor’s advice or offers more information.