Q. My primary care doctor prescribed Cymbalta for neuropathy, a very painful burning sensation in three of my toes. It seemed to work, but it is expensive.
The doctor I saw at the VA recommended capsicum since Cymbalta is not on their list.
The capsicum really works. In fact, I can go as long as two months between a dosing series. One toe is completely healed, and the others are much better.
A. Capsicum is the technical name for peppers, both bell as well as hot peppers. Capsaicin, the spicy essence of chile peppers, has been used to treat peripheral neuropathy, including the nerve pain that may linger after an outbreak of shingles.
Capsaicin cream must be applied repeatedly to deplete the nerve endings of something called substance P. At that point, they are less able to transmit pain sensations.
Be careful not to get the cream in your eyes or nose, as that can be extremely painful. Some people may develop an allergic reaction to capsaicin.