Experiencing numbness or weakness in your extremities? It could be peripheral neuropathy.
Have you been diagnosed with diabetes? Do you notice tingling, loss of sensation, burning pain or weakness in your hands or feet? If so, then it’s important that you turn to a medical professional to prevent this nerve damage from getting worse. Our San Antonio pain management specialist Dr. Pratfulla Singh is here to tell you more about peripheral neuropathy, its symptoms and how it’s treated.
What is peripheral neuropathy?
Neuropathy is caused by damage to the peripheral nervous system, a system that sends signals from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. This kind of nerve damage can cause pain, as well as a loss of sensation and coordination in certain areas of the body.
What causes this condition?
There are many issues and complications that can lead to peripheral neuropathy. More often than not another health problem is to blame. It’s not uncommon for those with diabetes, autoimmune disorder, HIV/AIDS or kidney failure to develop peripheral neuropathy.
Long-term alcoholism, poor diet, and exposure to certain chemicals can also lead to this neuropathy.
What are the symptoms?
While symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can occur anywhere in the body it most commonly affects the extremities (the legs, feet, arms and hands). Those with peripheral neuropathy may experience:
- Tingling, weakness, burning or shooting pains
- Pain that feels “electric”
- Loss of balance
- Loss of muscular coordination
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of feeling
- Pain that wakes you up at night
- Difficulty moving or walking
How is peripheral neuropathy treated?
While there is no cure for neuropathy the goal of our pain doctors in San Antonio is to reduce pain and other symptoms and to improve your quality of life. You will have to go through a thorough medical evaluation and a battery of tests in order to create a treatment plan that will work best for your needs.
More often than not, certain medications will be prescribed. From prescription painkillers to anti-seizure medications and antidepressants, which can help reduce pain and other neuropathy symptoms, there are a variety of medications that can help get your symptoms under control.
Of course, medications aren’t the only way to manage your neuropathy symptoms. Along with medications, we may also prescribe certain therapeutic procedures and alternative options like physical therapy, rehabilitation, and electrical nerve stimulation. We can also help provide tips on lifestyle modifications you can incorporate into your daily life that may help with your peripheral neuropathy.
Peripheral neuropathy is a serious condition that requires careful monitoring. We also know that it can be painful and symptoms can be difficult to manage. Let the pain management doctors at Pain Specialty Consultants in San Antonio help make living with neuropathy easier.