As of 2015, there are no medications that can reverse nerve damage created by peripheral neuropathy; however, the sensory symptoms of most types of peripheral neuropathy can be effectively treated if the cause is identified, according to Phoenix Neurological Associates. There are currently no known effective treatments for inherited forms of neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage in the extremeties, such as arms, legs, hands and feet, states the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Medications used to treat nerve pain include antidepressants, anticonvulsants and opioids.
Specific treatment depends on the cause; however, it is beneficial for any patient suffering from peripheral neuropathy to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as following a balanced diet, notes Phoenix Neurological Associates. Patients should also avoid exposing themselves to toxins, limit or stop drinking alcohol, follow a regular exercise regime, and ensure they get adequate vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Nerve damage is likely due to a combination of neurovascular, metabolic, autoimmune, lifestyle and mechanical factors, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Symptoms vary depending on which nerves are impacted, and many people don't experience any symptoms. Others may feel tingling, pain or numbness in the feet as well as dizziness, weakness, problems urinating, indigestion, or loss of muscle in the hands and feet. Neuropathy is common in diabetics and impacts approximately 60 to 70 percent of the population, particularly those who struggle with controlling their blood glucose, blood pressure and weight.