Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Peripheral Neuropathy Treatment

The treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, vitamin B supplements, and medications for pain, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, narcotic pain medications, tricyclic antidepressants, and anticonvulsants.

Specific treatment may include:


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Peripheral Neuropathy Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • Do I need medication?
    • How long will I be on medication?
    • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
    • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
    • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Do I need to change my diet?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for peripheral neuropathy complications?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Peripheral Neuropathy Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat peripheral neuropathy:

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Last Updated: Dec 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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