Some cases of neuropathy can be easily treated and sometimes cured. However, not all neuropathies can be cured. In these cases, treatment aims to control and control symptoms and prevent further damage to the nerves. Whether or not to reverse neuropathy depends on the cause of nerve damage.
In some cases, the pain may disappear completely. In others, nerve damage may be permanent. A tree that has been cut down and cut into wood cannot become a living tree again. Scrambled eggs can never be raw.
The effective prognosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy largely depends on the cause of nerve damage. For example, peripheral neuropathy caused by vitamin deficiency can be treated, even reversed, with vitamin therapy and an improved diet. Similarly, nerve damage caused by alcohol abuse can often be stopped and improved by avoiding alcohol. Peripheral neuropathy caused by toxic substances or medications can often be corrected in the same way.
When neuropathy is related to diabetes, careful control of blood sugar levels can slow its progression and slow symptoms. The body cannot repair damaged nerve tissues, which means diabetic neuropathy cannot be reversed. However, side effects can be managed, and treatment for neuropathy often focuses on preventing further damage from occurring. While diabetic neuropathy cannot be reversed, people can take steps to reduce the risk of severe symptoms and additional complications.
Early diagnosis and treatment of peripheral neuropathy is important, because peripheral nerves have a limited ability to regenerate and treatment can only stop progression, not reverse damage. Although the condition cannot be reversed, it is important to seek treatment for diabetic neuropathy to prevent the worsening of nerve damage over time. For a long time, doctors thought that nerve damage from peripheral neuropathy was also irreversible, at least when using the treatments available at that time. Most medications that doctors prescribe for diabetic neuropathy are designed to target neuropathic pain.