Other treatments that may improve the itching are: capsaicin cream, acupuncture, biofeedback, TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) machine treatment, and exercise.
In more advanced cases, a doctor can inject Botox or block the nerve with an injection of lidocaine. There are also some prescription oral medications that act to block overly irritable nerve impulses but they have side effects that may not be well tolerated.
NP is common in middle-aged women and can last for months or even years. However, it is not a life-threatening condition. While NP can be a frustrating and annoying problem, it is felt that educating patients is one of the most important parts of treatment.
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Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues. Other articles by Michele are at www.helium.com/users/487540/show_articles
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