Getting control of your nerve pain can be tough. The good news is that
doctors have a lot of effective ways to treat it. These include medicines, like
prescription pain relievers or anticonvulsants and antidepressants, as well as
electrical stimulation and other techniques.
So if you have nerve pain, whether it's caused by cancer, HIV, shingles, or
another condition, take hope. Here's a rundown of the prescription treatments
that your doctor might recommend.
It's common to respond to chronic
pain with feelings of frustration, depression,
anxiety, fear, and even anger. These feelings can make
it harder to manage chronic pain, especially if you use alcohol or drugs to
deal with your symptoms.
If you decide to try one or more
of these complementary therapies to treat your chronic pain, find a health
professional who has special training and, whenever possible, certification in
the particular therapy.
You may get a referral from someone you trust such as
your doctor, family, or friends. Make sure all of your health professionals
know every type of treatment you are using to reduce chronic pain.