Peripheral neuropathy is a neurological condition where the patient's peripheral nerves (the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord) are damaged. Certain conditions can result in peripheral neuropathy, such as chemotherapy treatment for cancer and diabetes. The American Society of Clinical Oncology lists a number of different treatment options for peripheral neuropathy. For patients who do not want to take additional medication, certain measures, like improving nutrition, can also alleviate the pain.
Medication is often used to relieve the pain associated with peripheral neuropathy. Anticonvulsants and antidepressants are commonly prescribed for more severe pain. For mild pain, over-the-counter medications can be taken, as well as non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics for moderate pain. Topical pain medications, like lidocaine, can also be used for pain alleviation of peripheral neuropathy.