Living with diabetes sometimes means having to deal with peripheral neuropathy, a condition shared among 60 to 70 percent of diabetes patients in America. For some, they might feel a tingling or burning sensation on certain parts of their body, which can sometimes render them incapacitated. To get instantaneous relief from the sometimes unbearable neuropathic pain, other patients seek medical drugs, such as pregabalin.
Pregabalin, also marketed as a drug that works with other medication to treat certain types of seizures, aims to alleviate conditions often associated with neuropathic pain, such as the burning or tingling sensation on the body. It also offers relief from anxiety.
A recent study discovered, however, that pregabalin might not be as effective as it claims to be. According to a research conducted by the Rochester University’s Department of Neurosurgery, led by their director, John Markman, MD, there was no significant difference in the levels of pain experienced by those who took the drug from those who received a placebo. The study further states that the drug, which is sold to the public under the name Lyrica, is particularly ineffective in relieving chronic back pain, exacerbated by standing up or walking.
With drugs like pregabalin on the market, it is necessary for medical experts to look into their efficiency on giving the desired effect on the patient, particularly for potentially harmful side effects. In this case, pregabalin’s side effects include dizziness, headache, and tiredness, while the less common ones include double vision, coordination problems, appetite gain, and even the worsening of back pain. One cannot always rely on medical drugs, however, to alleviate neuropathic pain, particularly if these have undesirable side effects that could be fatal in the long run. Patients should look to other alternatives for effective neuropathy pain relief in Northern NJ.
Among the types of techniques used by pain treatment centers to address peripheral neuropathy are biofeedback, meditation, hypnosis, relaxation, acupuncture, and therapy. Some practices that offer pain relief for neuropathy in Paramus, NJ, like MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center, employ a combination of some of the abovementioned techniques and traditional treatment but only after a careful medical analysis of the patient is conducted. Such centers offer effective alternative options that best suit one’s condition and do not rely on medical drugs.
(Source: Three MILLION back pain sufferers given drug that DOESN’T relieve agony, Express)