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Treatments for Alcoholic Neuropathy

Treatments for Alcoholic Neuropathy:

The first step in the treatment of alcoholic neuropathy is prevention. Alcoholic neuropathy cannot be cured, and the damage done to the nerves cannot be repaired, so it is vital that people prevent its occurrence.

Treatment of alcoholic neuropathy generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses alcoholism and minimizes the pain and abnormal sensations of alcoholic neuropathy and the risk of developing complications, such as disability.

Treatment of alcoholism may include a detoxification program in an inpatient facility or outpatient program, ongoing medical care and monitoring, and participating in group therapy, family therapy and a support program, such as Alcoholics Anonymous. Stopping drinking can help to control or improve symptoms.

Treatment may include medications to help minimize pain and other uncomfortable sensations. Alternative or complementary treatments that may be helpful for some symptoms include acupuncture and biofeedback.

Medications may also be prescribed to help control other problems, such as impotence and incomplete bladder emptying.

Treatment may also include physical therapy. The use of walkers and other assistive devices, such as grab rails in the bathroom, may be needed to maintain independence and maximize safety for people with advanced alcoholic neuropathy and disability.

Treatment List for Alcoholic Neuropathy

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Alcoholic Neuropathy includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

  • Cessation or decrease of alcohol consumption
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1)
  • Psychotherapy or self-help/support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholic Neuropathy: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Alcoholic Neuropathy may include:

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