What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy, or nerve damage, is a health condition that affects around 20 million Americans. Nerves are responsible for transmitting electrical messages from the brain to the entire body; they provide sensation, movement, balance, coordination, and stimulation to all your bodily systems.

When nerves have been damaged and are not able to properly communicate with the brain, the result can mean significant pain, lack of coordination, lack of body control, decreased function of systems, and several other serious side effects.

What causes neuropathy?

Many health conditions can cause neuropathy, especially when these conditions are left untreated. The most common cause of neuropathy is uncontrolled diabetes. Other conditions include:

Kidney and liver disease
Thyroid disease
Exposure to toxins
Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis
Alcoholism or drug use
Bone or joint injury
Traumatic nerve injury
Accidents or trauma
Hormone disorders
Spinal disorders or injury
Metabolic disorders

Other underlying causes of neuropathy include poor nutrition, heredity, and genetic abnormalities.

What are the symptoms of neuropathy?

Symptoms of neuropathy depend on the affected nerves. Depending on which nerves are damaged, your symptoms may include:

Tingling, weakness, or numbness
Throbbing or burning pain
Sharp or shooting pain
Loss of sensation
Lack of muscle control
Dizziness or fainting
Sensitivity to touch
Sleep disturbances
Digestive problems
Difficulty breathing
Lack of coordination or balance
Sexual disorders, including erectile dysfunction
Muscle weakness, twitching, or paralysis

If you have these symptoms, it is essential you have an expert evaluation and receive knowledgeable treatment as soon as possible to avoid potential progression of your nerve damage.

What is the treatment for neuropathy?

The focus of treatment of your neuropathy is to relieve difficult symptoms and prevent worsening nerve damage. Your plan of care is unique to your symptoms and the underlying cause of your neuropathy.

Treatments may include:

Steroid injections
Physical therapy
Electrical stimulation
Referrals to specialists

Our team at Melrose Park Immediate Care are committed to helping you find relief from your neuropathy symptoms.

For a personalized treatment plan and to find relief from neuropathy pain, call or schedule an appointment with Melrose Park Immediate Care.