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Medications for Numb Fingertips: Pain Relief and Nerve Management

Medications for Numb Fingertips: Pain Relief and Nerve Management

Why are your fingertips continually numbing and tingling? For many people, this symptom represents a condition called peripheral neuropathy. In fact, about 20 million American adults suffer from it.

If you are experiencing numbness, tingling, and other odd and painful sensations in your extremities and wish to explore treatment options, read on about how natural methods could be the answer you seek.

The Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy often has several potentially debilitating symptoms. Related to central nerve system (CNS) dysfunction due to exposure to toxins, diseases such as diabetes, infections such as Lyme disease, or even repetitive motions of the wrist and fingers, peripheral neuropathy symptoms include:

  • Numbness and tingling in the fingers and toes
  • Burning, stabbing pain
  • Loss of grip in the hands
  • Poor balance and coordination (sometimes resulting in serious gait issues)
  • Poor bowel and bladder control
  • Interrupted sleep
  • Muscle weakness and cramps
  • Changes in reflexes

These symptoms may be constant or intermittent and vary in intensity from person to person and even throughout the course of this chronic pain condition. What’s needed is a proper medical evaluation and an individualized treatment plan to identify the underlying cause for numb fingers and toes and to develop a personalized plan to manage symptoms in the least invasive ways possible.

Evaluation for Numb Fingertips

If you have numb fingertips, which are impeding your day-to-day function and overall quality of life, your healthcare provider may recommend a head-to-toe physical examination and medical history. This could include blood test, X-rays, or other imaging techniques. There are, after all, real reasons for your numb fingers and other symptoms. Reasons could include:

  • Diabetes
  • Frostbite
  • Alcohol use disorder
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • Kidney disease
  • Active infection, such as shingles
  • Vitamin deficiencies (B-12 for instance)
  • Use of certain prescription drugs (chemotherapy for cancer as an example)
  • Out-of-balance electrolyte levels
  • Stroke
  • Herniated discs in the thoracic region of the spine
  • Sciatica
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome, or nerve compression, in the wrist and hand

Medications for Pain Relief

For many patients under the care of traditional primary care physicians, endocrinologists, orthopedic specialists, and others, medications for neuropathy are a typical treatment of choice. These medications may provide at least some temporary relief of the pain, numbness, and tingling, as well as reduce inflammation.

Choices include:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Antidepressants
  • Opioids
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Pain-relieving nerve block injections

Sadly, many of these medications carry adverse side effects and must be closely monitored by a healthcare provider. Also, medication may not address the underlying reasons for the nerve pain and numbness. That’s where the natural methods of nerve pain relief offered through our neuropathy program can help.

Natural Relief for Numb Fingertips

Sometimes, simple exercise, splinting, or losing weight can help reduce nerve pain and numbness in the extremities. People with diabetes are encouraged to control their blood sugars, and keeping weight and blood pressure within normal range can be helpful, too.

Additionally, the healthcare providers offer a very effective neuropathy program. This customized care plan delivers unique non-drug and non-operative solutions to numbness and tingling in the fingertips and toes.

Care plans often include in-office application of therapeutic sound waves, which help your nerve cells work in harmony with your musculoskeletal system, spinal cord, and other vital areas of function. Also, your provider may advise red light therapy, an easy stand-alone treatment that improves blood circulation and increases healing time in injured body areas.

Finally, you may qualify for a natural medicine technique called platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP therapy. Derived from your own blood supply, blood platelets are concentrated in the lab and injected into the areas of injury and nerve pain. PRP injections supply natural growth and healing factors that manage or even eliminate symptoms of numbness and tingling in the extremities.

Solutions for Numb Fingers and Toes in Jacksonville, FL

At NIVA Health, we help our patients discover therapeutic choices that are safe, non-surgical, non-drug, and, best of all, tailored to their unique health needs. If you have tried other providers for solutions to your peripheral neuropathy and want to pursue something which really provides relief, then contact the location of NIVA Health nearest you for a complimentary consultation.

We have offices in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Melbourne, FL. We also are located in Naperville, IL, Roswell, GA, and Novi, MI. To arrange your in-person appointment, call us today at (866) 377-5872 or fill out our online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you.

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