Neuropathy Specialist

NeuroSpinecare, Inc.

Neurological and Spine Surgeons, Interventional Pain Management and Foot, Ankle & Podiatry Specialists located in Sheffield Village, OH

Neuropathy is a symptom common to many chronic health conditions, in which your nerves malfunction and send pain signals and other unpleasant sensations to your brain. The neurological and pain management specialists at NeuroSpinecare, Inc., in Sheffield Village, Ohio, can help ease the discomfort of neuropathy using the most effective forms of treatment, including advanced technological therapies. If you’re looking for a solution to the misery of neuropathy, give NeuroSpinecare a call today or book an appointment using the online tool.

Neuropathy Q & A

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy means there’s a problem with your nerves, so the signals they send to your brain are giving false information. One of the most common forms of the condition is peripheral neuropathy, which can develop as a symptom of several common health problems, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Alcoholism
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Certain medications, e.g., chemotherapy drugs
  • Injury or crushing of the nerves due to trauma
  • Cancerous and benign growths
  • Vitamin B deficiencies
  • Bone marrow diseases
  • Kidney and liver diseases
  • Connective tissue disorders

Infectious diseases such as HIV, shingles, Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr, and hepatitis C can also cause neuropathy, or it may arise without there being any identifiable cause.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Neuropathy affects your nerves, so the symptoms you experience relate to the function of the affected nerves. For example, sensory nerves that send responses to your brain from stimuli such as pain, temperature, and touch, can cause pain or tingling despite there being no valid cause for the feeling.

As well as sensory nerves, you also have motor nerves that control the function of your muscles, and autonomic nerves that control the functions around your body that take place without your conscious effort, such as digestion and heart rate.

Your neuropathy could involve one or more of these types of nerves, so you may experience a combination of symptoms such as:

  • Numbness
  • Prickling or tingling
  • Physical coordination problems
  • Weakened muscles
  • Intolerance to heat
  • Excessive sweating
  • Digestive upsets
  • Urinary problems
  • Dizziness or light-headedness

Pain is one of the key symptoms of neuropathy, but it can take several different forms; for example, it may feel sharp, stabbing, throbbing, freezing, or burning. You might also have hypersensitivity problems like allodynia, which causes extreme sensitivity to touch.

What treatments are available for neuropathy?

Your neuropathy treatment starts with the team at NeuroSpinecare reviewing your condition and your medical history so they can identify any underlying health problems. 

It’s essential to be managing conditions that could be causing neuropathic symptoms, so for example if you have diabetic neuropathy that’s causing problems with your feet, the first step is to ensure you’re managing the diabetes.

Looking after your health by eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding harmful activities such as smoking, drinking to excess, and stress can also be highly beneficial in improving neuropathy.

Potential treatments for neuropathy include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Anti-seizure medications
  • Capsaicin cream
  • Lidocaine patches
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Physical therapy
  • Plasma exchange
  • Intravenous immune globulin

If these measures aren’t helping your neuropathy, you may need to consider spinal cord stimulation, a minimally invasive surgical procedure that implants a controllable device into your body to help relieve pain.

If you’re experiencing the discomfort of neuropathy, or you have any unexplained pain, call NeuroSpinecare, Inc., today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.