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Alternatives

Medications are the main treatment for nerve pain, but sometimes alternative or complementary treatments can help too. Do some research about the approaches -- and ask your doctor which may work best for you.

Conditions: Nerve Pain

Symptoms: Difficulty sleeping, depression, muscle weakness, burning, headache, pain, pain with movement, finger pain, toe pain, hand pain, foot pain lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, extreme sensitivity, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, electric pain, pins and needles

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Folk Pain Treatments

Nerve pain has been around as long as mankind, so there are many folk remedies. 

* Rubbing topical menthol on your skin

* Eating gin-soaked raisins

* Sleeping with a bar of soap near your feet

Many folk remedies are completely untested. But as long as your doctor agrees that there's no risk, you may want to give them a try to see if they help.

Prompt: Gin soaked raisins?

CTA: Research odd pain treatments.

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: difficulty sleeping, depression, muscle weakness, burning, headache, pain, pain with movement, finger pain, toe pain, hand pain, foot pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, extreme sensitivity, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, electric pain, pins and needles

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Magnets for Pain

Could magnets help with nerve pain? It's not clear. Some people have found that magnetic insoles -- placed in shoes -- can reduce numbness, tingling, and burning from nerve pain in the feet related to diabetes, but there's little research to support this remedy.  Ask your doctor if it's something you should try.

Prompt: Could magnets help?

CTA: Try wearing them in your shoes.

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: difficulty sleeping, depression, muscle weakness, burning, headache, pain, pain with movement, finger pain, toe pain, hand pain, foot pain,  lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, extreme sensitivity, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, electric pain, pins and needles

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Try Geranium Oil

Geranium oil rubbed on your skin may help reduce nerve pain, especially pain caused by shingles. Try rubbing some oil on the areas of skin that are painful for you. It's a remedy that may or may not work. But it's low risk so worth a try. Just make sure not to drink it.

Prompt: Flower power?

CTA: Try geranium oil on your skin.

Conditions: Nerve pain

Symptoms: Difficulty sleeping, depression, muscle weakness, burning, headache, pain, pain with movement, finger pain, toe pain, hand pain, foot pain lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, extreme sensitivity, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, electric pain, pins and needles

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Infrared Therapy

Could infrared light help heal nerve pain? Maybe. This therapy focuses infrared light on the feet of people with diabetic nerve damage. The idea is that the light may increase blood flow to affected nerves. It's not clear yet if it works. But if you want to try infrared light for nerve pain, ask your doctor.  

Prompt: Can light heal pain?

CTA: Try infrared for nerve pain.

Conditions: Nerve Pain

Symptoms: difficulty sleeping, depression, muscle weakness, burning, headache, pain, pain with movement, finger pain, toe pain, hand pain, foot pain, lower back pain, upper back pain, sharp pain, shocking pain, extreme sensitivity, loss of feeling, numbness, tingling, electric pain, pins and needles

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WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on January 11, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

American Chronic Pain Association: "Frequently Asked Questions."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Diabetic Neuropathy."

Freynhagen, R. BMJ, August 2009.

Medscape Medical News: "Modest Exercise Helps Chronic Pain Patients."

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: "Peripheral Neuropathy Fact Sheet."

National Pain Foundation: "Neuropathic Pain;" "Using Complementary Therapy;" and "Living with Pain – Reaping the Benefits of Exercise."

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Natural Standard.

Northern California Chapter of the Neuropathy Association: "Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Neuropathy."

Weill Cornell Medical College: "Neuropathic Pain."

 

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