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3) Treatment options and tips for altered sensation – 2

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  • Medicines.Depending on the type of problem, a range of medicines are available. Options for treatment should be discussed with the doctor or consultant for each individual. In some people an anti depressant can affect the sensory nerve pathways to dampen down hypersensitivity. Anticonvulsants, botulinum toxin A or botox can be used in some people.
  • TENS (trans cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is used to try to block pain or make it more manageable.
  • Acupuncture is sometimes available. Ask for advice from your GP or consultant.
  • Temperature. Some find their symptoms improve if they keep warm or some feel more comfortable if cooler.
  • Relaxation. Some people find that if they use a form of relaxation this helps. This can be meditation, a relaxation tape, yoga or just by sitting listening to quiet soothing music and concentrating on breathing deeply. This may also help if the sensation is affecting the persons sleep.
  • Pain Management. If the problem has not improved with treatment, ask for a referral to a specialist pain management clinic.
  • Distraction. Try to continue to do normal activities if possible. Sometimes by keeping active this will detract from the pain when doing something else.

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  • Medicines.Depending on the type of problem, a range of medicines are available. Options for treatment should be discussed with the doctor or consultant for each individual. In some people an anti depressant can affect the sensory nerve pathways to dampen down hypersensitivity. Anticonvulsants, botulinum toxin A or botox can be used in some people.
  • TENS (trans cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is used to try to block pain or make it more manageable.
  • Acupuncture is sometimes available. Ask for advice from your GP or consultant.
  • Temperature. Some find their symptoms improve if they keep warm or some feel more comfortable if cooler.
  • Relaxation. Some people find that if they use a form of relaxation this helps. This can be meditation, a relaxation tape, yoga or just by sitting listening to quiet soothing music and concentrating on breathing deeply. This may also help if the sensation is affecting the persons sleep.
  • Pain Management. If the problem has not improved with treatment, ask for a referral to a specialist pain management clinic.
  • Distraction. Try to continue to do normal activities if possible. Sometimes by keeping active this will detract from the pain when doing something else.

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