How to Repair Nerve Damage
Injuries like burns or bones cause nerve damage. Sometimes high blood pressure and diabetes can cause nerve damage throughout the body if left untreated. Symptoms of nerve damage include pain or dizziness in the affected area, weakness and numbness. If the nerves are damaged in organs or body systems, rather than skin or limbs, the digestive system, blood pressure and breathing may be affected. Treatment of the underlying medical conditions that cause nerve damage prevents it from spreading and sometimes reverses its effects. Medicine repair nerve damage and alleviate symptoms while physical therapy helps the patient regain coordination and strength. In some cases, surgery restores the damaged nerves.
Medical Causes of Nerve Damage
Keep blood pressure levels below 120 systolic (peak) and 80 diastolic (bottom number). High blood pressure puts a patient at risk of stroke or ischemic (blood vessel) changes in the brain, resulting in nerve problems, dizziness, numbness and weakness throughout the body. Diabetic neuropathy and ischemic changes in the brain cause the majority of medically induced nerve damage.
Control diabetes. It is estimated that more than 60 percent of diabetics will suffer from diabetic neuropathy, the widespread nerve injury caused by uncontrolled blood glucose levels. Keep blood glucose levels between 80 and 120 by taking insulin on time. Eat a low-glucose diet and maintain healthy body weight to prevent diabetic neuropathy and improve nerve damage caused by unregulated high levels of glucose.
Take duloxetine or pregabalin as directed by a doctor. The FDA approved these two drugs to improve nerve damage, mainly due to diabetic neuropathy.
Nervous Injury from Injury
Promote proper healing of wounds and injuries. Rest and treat the damaged skin as directed. In some cases, nerve damage caused by a wound turns itself to the wound healing. Doctors delay surgery and other treatment until the wound is healed.
Consider Surgery. In some cases, damage to the nerve can be repaired by connecting the broken ends of the nerve . In other cases, doctors use a donor kidney to transplant on the damaged end, and the nerve grows over, re-connects itself and repairs the damage over time. Experiencing uncomfortable tingling or pain in this time is common and signals that the nerve is healing.
Take antidepressants as directed by your doctor. Antidepressants work in the body to alleviate nerve pain, and taking them to improve nerve damage does not necessarily mean that you are depressed.
Perform exercises and physiotherapy as directed by your doctor. Physiotherapy improves strength and coordination in patients who can not perform normal tasks due to nerve damage. Alternating periods of exercise and rest to the affected area after surgery promote nerve growth and teach the patient how to best use the injured body part. Go on a treadmill to increase strength and stamina and improve the sensation of the underparts. Use free weights to exercise upper limbs once you have cleared a doctor.
Place a bed cradle at the end of your bed to protect nerve-damaged feet and legs. A bed rack is a metal structure that supplies sheets and blankets to keep them out of irritating feet and legs that tingle and hurt nervous damage.
Sometimes nerve damage can not be repaired or improved. When nerve damage is permanent, seek physical rehabilitation and psychological counseling to help handle new constraints. Because reduced sensation is a result of nerve damage, be careful to control your body for sores and infections. Proactive wound care prevents permanent tissue damage caused by gangrene and amputation.