Twenty million people in the United States have peripheral neuropathy, a condition that can cause pain, numbness, or weakness in various parts of your body and most commonly affects the hands and feet. The medical experts at Pain Medicine Group offer the most advanced treatment options for the management of neuropathy. If you’re experiencing pain or numbness in your extremities, call one of the Florida offices to schedule an appointment to see Dr. Paul Hurd, MD in Fort Myers, or Mauna M. Radahd, MD or Jason C.Tse, DO in Oviedo, Florida, or use the online booking tool.
Peripheral neuropathy is a medical condition caused by damage to your peripheral nervous system, which consists of the nerves that send signals from your brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body.
The damage may occur from an injury, infection, a medical condition such as diabetes, or an inherited illness such as Sjogren's syndrome. Diabetes, however, is the most common cause of neuropathy.
Symptoms of neuropathy vary depending on the type of nerve affected.
Your autonomic nerves control various body functions, such as your heartbeat, blood pressure, and digestion. If these nerves are damaged, you may experience symptoms like digestive problems or changes in blood pressure.
The sensory nerves control sensation and feeling. If these nerves are affected, your symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, or sensitivity to temperature.
The motor nerves control movement and neuropathy of these nerves may cause muscle weakness, lack of coordination, or paralysis.
To identify the exact nerves causing your symptoms, your provider at Pain Medicine Group conducts a thorough examination that may include diagnostic tests such as blood work, an MRI or CT scan, or electrodiagnostic studies, which evaluate your nerve activity.
The goal of neuropathy treatment is to manage the underlying condition responsible for the nerve damage and to relieve your symptoms. Treatment may include:
As experts in interventional pain management, the team at Pain Medicine Group may recommend a nerve block or ablation to stop the pain signal to your brain to reduce your symptoms.
Making lifestyle changes at home, such as getting regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and limiting alcohol intake, may also help relieve some of the symptoms caused by neuropathy. If you have diabetes, gaining better control over your blood sugar may help prevent further nerve damage and the progression of your neuropathy.
For pain management of your neuropathy, call Pain Medicine Group today or schedule an appointment online.