Pins and Needles

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Have you ever sat on your foot too long and lost the feeling in it and then when you got up, the blood started rushing back into your foot and tingling and then hurting? That’s just a fraction of what people feel when they have peripheral neuropathy. And, it never goes away.

 

Peripheral nerves carry information to and from the brain and carry signals to and from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. So, if there is damage resulting in neuropathy where the nerve or nerves don’t work properly, you can see why there are so many issues, mainly pain.

 

It is estimated that over 20 million suffer from neuropathy in some form. 20 million! That’sa lot of chronic pain every day. But why do so many suffer from it? Of course, nerve damage can occur in lots of ways but the primary cause of neuropathy is Diabetes, the most common cause of this type of nerve problem. However, other health conditions may cause neuropathy as well:

 

Autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus
Chronic kidney disease
HIV
Liver infections
Low levels of vitamin B12
Metabolic disease
Poisoning due to heavy metals, such as lead
Poor blood flow to the legs
Underactive thyroid gland

 

The symptoms are usually:
Pain and numbness
Muscle problems
Problems with organs
Sexual problems
Bladder problems
Excessive sweating

 

The traditional path to treating neuropathy is to take medicines which may help reduce pain in the feet, legs, and arms. However, they usually do not bring back the loss of feeling. Besides, if you take enough NSAIDS, there tends to be a price with the side effects.

 

There is a nontraditional path to handle neuropathic pain: a transdermal medication called Ketamine, which is applied topically and absorbed through the skin. . Essentially, the pain medication is put on the skin so that the skin can then absorb it into the deeper layers of the epidermis and then into the deeper tissue where the pain occurs. The medication can be reapplied to deal with the pain without all the side effects that come with oral medication.

 

So, do these symptoms sound familiar or maybe you know someone who has them? Contact us at A&R Pharmacy. We can put you in touch with our pharmacist who is happy to talk to you about some options for dealing with that pain.

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